Small Animal Dermatology

Online - May 2023

Explore the latest dermatologic developments from a new (online) perspective

Skin disorders are fairly common clinical presentations in small animal practices – but that doesn't mean their diagnosis and treatment are always easy to figure out. Improve International invites you to embark on an immersive and interactive learning experience – the NEW Postgraduate Program in Dermatology. Through online lectures and different case discussions you will learn how to confidently approach the dog, cat and exotic patient presenting with the various manifestations of skin disease in a logical and scientific manner.

Ready to expand your clinical problem-solving skills?

This new 100% online CE program comprises 14 modules with all the current information in veterinary dermatology. You will have a chance to revisit basic topics, such as the anatomy and physiology of the skin, and to develop your knowledge in common conditions as pruritus, pigmentation, alopecia, and ulceration. You will also be provided with the latest knowledge in more unusual disorders like immune-mediated skin disease, neoplasia, and infectious conditions.

Each module of the course will spread over a month, giving you plenty of time to study and explore our innovative learning resources (such as videos from the tutors, real-world clinical cases, notes and quizzes).

Benefit from a rich learning experience provided by e-learning specialists

The Dermatology CE Program is a high-quality online course that enables you to improve your skills without leaving the comfort of your own home or practice. The program content is overseen by Peri Lau Gillard DVM Cert VD DipECVD MRCVS EBVS and built by a team of online learning specialists. Change your perspective on skin disease and uncover all the latest developments in this area.

This program is accredited by ISVPS, granting you the opportunity to achieve a globally recognized qualification, and was submitted to RACE for approval.


Program Features:

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14 varied modules

Covering key clinical subjects in small animal dermatology delivered over 2 years

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Support from the Module Tutor

The specialist in the subject area will provide online support during each module and will be available to answer all your questions

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Leading online learning experience

Presentations, written notes, diagrams, interactive quizzes and exercises test your knowledge as you work

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Discussion forum

A discussion forum for conversation, debate and sharing cases with your peers and Module Tutors

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Recognised Course Director

Peri Lau Gillard DVM Cert VD DipECVD MRCVS EBVS European Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology and RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology oversees the programme ensuring the latest content

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Know-How

Join the global veterinary e-learning CE specialists and benefit from our know-how and high-quality resources

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Four sessions per month

Each module consists of four sessions spread over one month. Sessions comprise separate lessons and case-based studies to work through at your own pace

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100% online

Giving you access 24/7 via our world-leading Learning Management Platform

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Interactive and engaging modules

Which allow you to absorb the learning materials in an online environment

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Regular assessments

Pre-module and post-module assessments encourage you to reflect on your learning and evaluate your progress

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Dedicated CE Coordinator

A dedicated Programme Coordinator who will support you every step of the way

CE Program Details:

Modules summary
  1. Anatomy and Physiology of the Skin and Cutaneous Pathological Processes
  2. Clinical History, Examination and Essential Diagnostic Techniques
  3. Laboratory Diagnosis and Clinical Pathology
  4. General Conditions commonly found in Dermatology: Alopecia, Keratinisation and Pigmentary Disorders
  5. Dermatological Manifestations of Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases
  6. Neoplasia
  7. Diseases of the Eyelids, Ears and Pinnae
  8. Allergic Skin Disorders
  9. Auto Immune and Immune Mediated Skin Diseases
  10. Infectious Diseases and Preventative Healthcare
  11. Exotic Animal Dermatology
  12. Nutritional, Genetic, Congenital, Hereditary, Environmental and Miscellaneous Skin Diseases
  13. Wound Management & Surgery
  14. Diseases of the Feet, Nails and Anal Sacs

Please note the module order may be altered..

Qualifications

The Dermatology e-Learning program offers you a comprehensive range of structured learning with the ultimate flexibility to access the training that you want whilst working around your busy practice life and the possibility of working towards a recognized qualification.

All professionals will also have the opportunity of requesting, at any moment of the program, a statement regarding their earned credits to present to their respective board.

General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert)

By attending the full online structured program and following the successful completion of the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS) assessments, including an examination, you can gain the GPCert awarded by ISVPS.

Only registered veterinary surgeons who have been qualified for a minimum of one year can apply to undertake a General Practitioner Certificate.

Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)

A route to a PgC in Small Animal Ophthalmology is available through our partnership with Harper Adams University (HAU). For more information about this please contact us.

The course includes

This program has been submitted to RACE for approval. The course prices include ISVPS registration and examination fees.

Small Animal Dermatology

May 2023 - October 2024
Online
14 Modules
14 Online Modules
Small Animal Dermatology
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available
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Approved by RACE for 168 CE credits

01 - Anatomy and Physiology of the Skin and Cutaneous Pathological Processes
May 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Explain the function and properties of the skin of companion animals
  • Outline the skin and hair follicle morphogenesis
  • Recall gross skin anatomy and physiology
  • Discuss the microscopic skin anatomy and physiology
  • Review the pathological processes occurring in skin disease
  • Explain how pathological processes relate to clinical signs and the diagnosis of disease
  • Revise hypersensitivity reaction types I, II, III, IV in the skin and examples of specific skin diseases involving these processes
  • Explain the response of skin to physical, chemical and microbiological insults
  • Develop basic knowledge of the pathogenesis of skin neoplasia


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02 - Clinical History, Examination and Essential Diagnostic Techniques
June 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Know how to take an accurate clinical history and understand its interpretation in the diagnosis of skin disease

Become adept at performing a general physical examination

Be able to carry out a detailed examination of the skin

Be capable of accurately identifying and describing skin lesions

Familiarise yourself with the key diagnostic tests and their use

Improve your diagnostic skills and ability to manage common skin diseases

Explain the pros and cons of intradermal testing and allergen serology in the management of

atopic dermatitis


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03 - Laboratory Diagnosis and Clinical Pathology
July 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

 

Describe techniques to collect skin biopsies, their sample processing, storage and

recording

Understand the basic cytology of samples collected from the skin including masses and discharging sinuses

Interpret the clinical laboratory medicine information in relation to skin disease, including:haematology, biochemistry and endocrine tests, fluid and electrolyte disorders and cytology

Know the diagnostic tests for viral, fungal, protozoal and bacterial diseases – techniques and interpretation

Have an understanding of the principles of the use of pattern analysis by histopathologists in dermatohistopathology as it relates to pathogenesis, disease and diagnosis

Be able to interpret histopathology reports


Speaker:
Rosario Cerundolo (DVM CertVD DiplECVD FRCVS)
04 - General Conditions commonly found in Dermatology: Alopecia, Keratinisation and Pigmentary Disorders
September 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

 

Alopecia:

Describe the pathogenesis of alopecia

Appreciate the clinical features of alopecia

Recall the differential diagnosis of alopecia and have knowledge of specific conditions which cause alopecia

Outline how to investigate alopecia using a problem-solving approach

Be conversant with treatment of alopecic conditions

 

Keratinisation disorders

Describe the pathogenesis of keratinisation disorders/scaling

Appreciate the clinical features of these disorders

Recognise the differential diagnosis of these disorders and have knowledge of specific

Conditions which cause keratinisation disorders

Outline how to investigate scaling diseases using a problem-solving approach

Be familiar with the treatment options

 

Pigmentary disorders

 

Describe the pathogenesis and clinical features of pigment changes, genetic or acquired

resulting in hypo- or hyperpigmentation

Recall the differential diagnosis including specific conditions causing pigmentary disorders

Outline how to investigate pigment changes using a problem-solving approach

Gain knowledge about treatment options


Speaker:
Rosario Cerundolo (DVM CertVD DiplECVD FRCVS)
05 - Dermatological Manifestations of Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases
October 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

 

Describe the physiology of the endocrine system

Explain the underlying pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnostics and treatment options of the more common endocrine diseases

Be familiar with metabolic diseases, their aetiology, how to diagnose and how to treat these

diseases

 


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06 - Neoplasia
November 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

 

Explain the biology of tumours

 

 

Recognise common neoplastic presentations - localised, diffuse and systemic

Demonstrate knowledge of the following types of neoplasia: neoplasia of skin structures - benign, malignant, mast cell tumours, lymphoma, squamous cell carcinoma and their variants, mammary tumours, testicular tumours 

Recognise neoplasia of other structures with involvement of the skin

Understand and recognise paraneoplastic syndromes

Formulate an approach to the diagnosis and staging of disease

Be aware of those conditions that could be confused with neoplasia eg auto immune diseases

Be familiar with the treatment options available and the prognosis for different neoplasms

 


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07 - Diseases of the Eyelids, Ears and Pinnae
January 2024 | Online

Key learning objectives:

 

Review the anatomy of the pinna, external ear canal, bulla and inner ear including specialised glands and normal microbial flora and microbiome of the ear canal

Describe the diseases affecting the pinnae in dogs and cats

Discuss the aetiology, clinical signs, diagnostic approach and therapy of infectious, parasitic, immune-mediated, and neoplastic eyelid disease

 


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08 - Allergic Skin Disorders
February 2024 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Gain knowledge of the immune system and immune response by the skin

Consolidate your knowledge of urticaria and angioedema, allergic contact dermatitis, flea bite hypersensitivity, canine cutaneous adverse food reaction (CAFR), canine CAFR with concurrent atopic dermatitis, canine atopic dermatitis, feline atopic syndrome and feline atopic skin syndrome

Review the underlying pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnostics and treatment options

Recall the different treatment modalities for canine and feline allergic skin diseases


Speaker:
Diana Ferreira (DVM MSc MRCVS Dipl. ECVD)
09 - Auto Immune and Immune Mediated Skin Diseases
March 2024 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Deepen your understanding of the structure and function of the skin immune system and the current theories of mechanisms that may lead to auto-immune disease  

Be able to explain the innate and adaptive immune response 

Recognise the revised classification of auto-antibody-mediated autoimmune skin diseases in dogs and cats from 2018

Be familiar with the current (recommended/suggested) classification of lymphocyte-mediated autoimmune skin diseases in dogs and cats

Explain the pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnostic approach and treatment options of immune-mediated diseases in which a dysregulated immune-response to exogenous - but not self-antigen(s) - develops or fails to abate

Be familiar with immunosuppressive and immunomodulating drugs and their application to the management of canine and feline immune-mediated disease. Gain knowledge about their properties, their synergistic immunosuppressive effects, their potential side effects and potential drug interaction

 


Speaker:
Diana Ferreira (DVM MSc MRCVS Dipl. ECVD)
10 - Infectious Diseases and Preventative Healthcare
May 2024 | Online

Key learning objectives:

 

Know the clinical pathology of the major bacterial, viral, protozoal, fungal and parasitic diseases (mites, insects and ticks) affecting the skin of companion animals in the UK and Europe including vector borne diseases such as leishmaniosis

Recognise zoonotic diseases and their health and safety concerns and precautions to be taken

Demonstrate knowledge of preventative healthcare measures that can be implemented for infectious or parasitic skin conditions

Demonstrate knowledge of treatment measures for bacterial, viral, protozoal, fungal and parasitic skin conditions

 


Speaker:
Rosario Cerundolo (DVM CertVD DiplECVD FRCVS)
11 - Exotic Animal Dermatology
June 2024 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Describe the normal skin anatomy of exotic species (rabbits and rodents, reptiles and cage birds)

Recognise the importance of husbandry – housing, environment, nutrition on the dermatological health of these species

Gain knowledge about ecdysis/dysecdysis in reptiles

Be familiar with the common conditions seen in rabbits and rodents, reptiles and cage birds and their pathogenesis, clinical features, differential diagnosis, investigation and treatment of them

 


Speaker:
Prof. Simon Girling ( BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM(ZHM) EurProBiol CBiol FRSB FRCVS)
12 - Nutritional, Genetic, Congenital, Hereditary, Environmental and Miscellaneous Skin Diseases
July 2024 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Review the nutritional supply to the skin and how deficiencies or excess in nutrients can lead to skin diseases

Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the role of nutrients (including essential amino acids, EFAs, vitamins and minerals) in metabolism and their importance to skin biology and pathology

Discuss the pathophysiology of nutritional skin disorders, the breed predispositions, mode of inheritance if known, the clinical signs associated with these diseases, diagnostic test to confirm diagnosis and treatment options

Explain the pathogenesis and clinical features of genetic, congenital and hereditary skin conditions

Appreciate the differential diagnosis of these conditions and the approach to the investigations and treatment    

Identify diseases due to physical agents, chemical agents, ultraviolet radiation, temperature change, and trauma, their clinical features and treatment options

Gain knowledge of the aetiology, clinical features, diagnosis and treatment of unusual and rare skin conditions


Speaker:
Ewan Ferguson (BVM&S, DVD, MRCVS)
13 - Wound Management & Surgery
September 2024 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Be familiar with different type of wounds and wound healing (Dressings / topical treatment options)

Improve your knowledge of the medical and surgical management of wounds

Perfect your knowledge of surgery of the anal sacs

Be able to explain why some dermatological conditions become surgical (skin fold dermatitis, otitis externa/media, pododermatitis) or may benefit from laser therapy

Describe the principles of ear surgery (which techniques to use and when)


Speaker:
Guillaume Chanoit (DEDV PhD DECVS DACVS FHEA FRCVS)
14 - Diseases of the Feet, Nails and Anal Sacs
October 2024 | Online

Key learning objectives:

Explain the pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnostic approach and treatment options of diseases affecting the interdigital skin and/or footpads

Study the pathophysiology, clinical signs, investigations and therapy of diseases affecting the claws and/or claw bed

Demonstrate knowledge about anal sac diseases including inflammatory and neoplastic processes as well as the entity anal furunculosis in dogs

Be aware of investigations needed to accomplish a diagnosis and be familiar with therapeutic options


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Small Animal Dermatology

May 2023 - October 2024
Online
14 Modules
14 Online Modules
Small Animal Dermatology
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available
ACCREDITED BY
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APPROVED BY
Approved by RACE for 168 CE credits

Small Animal Dermatology
Payment Option Initial Payment Next Payments Total Payable
GPCert Programme Payment in Full $ 8,599.00 - $ 8,599.00
GPCert Programme Deposit and Remaining Balance $ 1,719.00 $ 6,880.00 $ 8,599.00
GPCert Programme Deposit and 12 Monthly Payments - Total cost $ 1,719.00 $ 643.00 x 12 $ 9,435.00

Small Animal Dermatology
Payment Option Initial Payment Next Payments Total Payable
GPCert Programme Payment in Full $ 8,879.00 - $ 8,879.00
GPCert Programme Deposit and Remaining Balance $ 1,999.00 $ 6,880.00 $ 8,879.00
GPCert Programme Deposit and 12 Monthly Payments - Total cost $ 1,999.00 $ 643.00 x 12 $ 9,715.00


Payment Terms & Conditions

1. An initial payment is due on registration in order to secure the booking. This can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.

2. Full payment to be made within 30 days of the commencement of the course.

3. For instalment payment plans, the only payment option is by credit card. Delegates will be notified monthly and shall proceed with payment through their personal delegate area.

4. All program prices include ISVPS registration and examination fees.


Registration Information

1. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first served basis.

2. Where all available places are full, applicants will be offered first refusal for the next available date.

3. Improve International reserves the right to close the intake early if the number of applications received exceeds the number of available places.

4. In order to secure a place you must pay an initial payment.

5. Confirmation and enrolment details will then be sent to applicants once we have received a completed application form.


Small Animal Dermatology

May 2023 - October 2024
Online
14 Modules
14 Online Modules
Small Animal Dermatology
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available
ACCREDITED BY
Know More

APPROVED BY
Approved by RACE for 168 CE credits