DERMATOLOGY

Online - February 2022

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.



About this programme:

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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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Dedicated CE Coordinator

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

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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

Programme 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. Alopecia, Keratinisation and Pigmentary Disorders
  5. Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases
  6. Neoplasia
  7. Eyelids and Ears
  8. Allergic Skin Disorders
  9. Immune-Mediated Disorders
  10. Infectious Diseases
  11. Exotic Animal Dermatology
  12. Nutritional, Genetic, Congenital, hereditary
  13. Wound Management & Surgery
  14. Feet, Nails, Anal Sacs
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.

This course includes

This program has been submitted to RACE for approval. The course prices include ISVPS registration and examination fees.
Anatomy and Physiology of the Skin and Cutaneous Pathological Processes
February 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Compare gross and histological anatomy of the skin of companion animals
  • Have an understanding of the function and physiology of skin of companion animals
  • Review the pathological processes occurring in skin disease
  • Comprehend how pathological processes relate to clinical signs and the diagnosis of disease
  • Revise Hypersensitivity reactions types I, II, III, IV in the skin and examples of specific skin diseases involving these processes
  • Understand the skin response to insults including physical, chemical and microbiological
  • Develop your knowledge of the pathogenesis of skin neoplasia


Speaker: Aiden Foster ()
Clinical History, Examination and Essential Diagnostic Techniques
March 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand clinical history taking and its interpretation in the diagnosis of skin disease.
  • Become adept at performing a general clinical examination
  • Perform a detailed examination of the skin
  • Have an ability to accurately describe skin lesions
  • Familiarise yourself with the key diagnostic tests and their use
  • Improve your diagnostic skills and ability to manage common skin diseases
  • Review the complications encountered during therapy, their prevention and management
  • Appreciate the pros and cons of intradermal skin testing and serology in the diagnosis of allergy


Speaker: Aiden Foster ()
Laboratory Diagnosis and Clinical Pathology
April 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Perfect your techniques for collecting samples for microbiology – skin scrapings, hairs, acetate strips and impression smears
  • Sampling techniques (including biopsies), 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 infectious diseases – techniques and interpretation (including viral, bacterial and parasitic diseases)
  • Have an understanding of the principles of the use of pattern analysis by histopathologists in dermatohistopathology as it relates to disease pathogenesis and diagnosis
  • Interpret histopathology reports

 

This module includes a practical component in the laboratory preparing and interpreting slides.


Speaker: Rosario Cerundolo (DVM CertVD DiplECVD FRCVS)
General Conditions commonly found in Dermatology: Alopecia, Keratinisation and Pigmentary Disorders
May 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Alopecia:
    • Describe the pathogenesis of alopecia
    • Appreciate the clinical features of alopecia
    • Understand the differential diagnosis of alopecia and have knowledge of specific conditions
    • Outline how to investigate alopecia using a problem solving approach
    • Discuss the management and treatment of alopecia
  • Keratinisation disorders
    • Describe the pathogenesis of keratinisation disorders/scaling
    • Appreciate the clinical features of these disorders
    • Understand the differential diagnosis of these disorders and have knowledge of specific conditions
    • Outline how to investigate scaling diseases using a problem solving approach
    • Be familiar with the treatment options
  • Pigmentary Changes
    • Describe the pathogenesis and clinical features of pigment changes
    • Understand the differential diagnosis including specific conditions
    • Outline how to investigate pigment changes using a problem solving approach
    • Be aware of treatment options


Speaker: Rosario Cerundolo (DVM CertVD DiplECVD FRCVS)
Dermatological Manifestations of Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases
June 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Have an understanding of the physiology of the endocrine system
  • Appreciate the underlying pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnostics and treatment options of the more common endocrine diseases
  • Recognise iatrogenic endocrine disease


Speaker: TBC
Neoplasia
August 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Appreciate the biology of tumours
  • Recognise common neoplastic presentations - localised, diffuse and systemic
  • Have an understanding of the following types of neoplasia: neoplasia of skin structures - benign, malignant, mast cell tumours, lymphoma, squamous cell carcinoma, mammary tumours
  • Familiarise yourself with neoplasia of other structures with involvement of the skin eg. Cushing’s and hepatocutaneous syndrome
  • Become able to 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. Autoimmune diseases
  • Understand the treatment options available medication / chemotherapy and the prognosis for different neoplasms


Speaker: David Shearer (BVetMed PhD CertSAD PGCert(VetEd), FHEA, CBiol MRSB MRCVS. RCVS Advanced Practioner in Small Animal Dermatology)
Diseases of the Eyelids, Ears and Pinnae
September 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Have a working understanding of the following regulations: Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2013, Medicines Act 1968, Medicines Regulations 2012, Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2012, Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002
  • Be familiar with storage, dispensing and labelling of medicines
  • Have a good working knowledge of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate
  • Understand the Prescribing Cascade, off license use, importation of medication and certification
  • Improve your understanding of the pharmacokinetics, potential interactions and adverse effects of common therapeutic agents (anti-inflammatories, anti-microbials and anti-parasitics) used in the management of skin disease
  • Maximise your knowledge of the use of topical, enteral and parenteral medications
  • Appreciate the importance of owner compliance and support for long term skin conditions
  • Discuss the role of the veterinary nurse in dermatology consultations


Speaker: Susan Paterson ()
Allergic Skin Disorders
October 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of the immune system and immune response by the skin
  • Consolidate your knowledge of flea and parasite allergies, atopic dermatitis, food and other hypersensitivities
  • Review the underlying pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnostics and treatment options
  • Understand the use of combination therapy in atopic dermatitis


Speaker: Richard Harvey ()
Auto Immune and Immune Mediated Skin Diseases
November 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Deepen your understanding of the immune system
  • Become more familiar with the underlying pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnostics and treatment options of autoimmune diseases including pemphigus complex pemphigoid SLE/DLE adverse drug reactions


Speaker: Richard Harvey ()
Infectious Diseases and Preventative Healthcare
January 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Know the clinical pathology of the major bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic diseases affecting the skin of companion animals in the UK and Europe
  • Have an awareness of diseases that may be imported by pets travelling from abroad
  • Understand zoonosis and its health and safety concerns and precautions


Speaker: Rosario Cerundolo (DVM CertVD DiplECVD FRCVS)
Exotic Animal Dermatology
February 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the normal epithelial anatomy of exotic species
  • Recognise the importance of husbandry – housing, environment, nutrition on the dermatological health of these species
  • Appreciate ecdysis/dysecdysis in reptiles
  • Be familiar with the common conditions seen in small mammals, reptiles and birds and the pathogenesis, clinical features, differential diagnosis, investigation and treatment of them


Speaker: Prof. Simon Girling (BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM(ZHM) EurProBiol CBiol FRSB FRCVS)
Nutritional, Genetic, Congenital, Hereditary, Environmental and Miscellaneous Skin Diseases
March 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the pathogenesis and clinical features of the cutaneous manifestations of internal disease excluding endocrine disorders
  • Appreciate the differential diagnosis of these conditions and the approach to their investigation and treatment
  • Become more familiar with congenital hereditary disorders
  • Develop your understanding of the effect of deficiency or excess of vitamins or minerals in skin disease


Speaker: TBC
Wound Management & Surgery
April 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Overview 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
  • Understand when some dermatological conditions become surgical (skin fold dermatitis, otitis externa, pododermatitis)
  • Describe the principles of ear surgery (which techniques to use and when)


Speaker: Guillaume Chanoit (DEDV PhD DECVS DACVS FHEA FRCVS)
Diseases of the Feet, Nails and Anal Sacs
May 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the pathogenesis and clinical features of diseases affecting the feet, nails, anal sacs and ears
  • Be able to approach the investigation of pedal, nail, anal sac and aural disease
  • Formulate differential diagnoses and have knowledge of specific conditions
  • Appreciate treatment options


Speaker: Susan Paterson ()
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DERMATOLOGY
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* Delegates will need to pay the first installment to save their place and then payment plans start the month before the beginning of the course

DERMATOLOGY
Payment OptionInitial PaymentNext PaymentsTotal Payable
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Monthly payments$$0
All program prices include ISVPS registration and examination fees
* Delegates will need to pay the first installment to save their place and then payment plans start the month before the beginning of the course

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.


Frequently Asked Questions

Distance Learning

When is the learning content available for each module?
  • At the beginning of the month, the content for weeks 1 and 2 will be released
  • At the beginning of the 3rd week of the month, the remaining content will be released
What additional learning resources are available?
  • Online lessons
  • Notes to support every lesson
  • Reading list
  • Module Tutor (diploma holder in their field)
  • Program Tutor
  • Discussion Forum
What qualifications are needed for taking the program if coming from another non- European country?
  • Qualified Doctor of Veterinary Medicine registered in country of origin
  • ISVPS will require appropriate paperwork at point of registration
What does the GPCert consist of?
  • Complete the full online structured program
  • Case report (2,500 words)
  • Online spot test exam
  • Multiple choice examination
  • ISVPS are responsible for invigilation of the exam via TestReach an independent invigilation company
  • See the assessment criteria on the diagram of the route to a GPCert in the brochure
When do the exams take place?
For detailed information please check the ISVPS section on this webpage.
How do I submit my case report for the GPCert?
All ISVPS assessments are uploaded to the candidates’ area via the ISVPS website. You will be given a login to the candidates’ area when you register with ISVPS.

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DERMATOLOGY
Feb 2022 - May 2023
14 Online Modules
GPCert
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available
SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL

ACCREDITED BY
This course is accredited by ISVPS and allows you to achieve a General Practitioner Certificate.