EXOTIC ANIMAL PRACTICE

July 1st, 2021

Understand and confidently treat the most varied species

Exotic pets often fill veterinary professionals with dread as they come through the practice door. This CE program will assist in overcoming the challenge these species represent, by consolidating your knowledge of exotic medicine and surgery and help you to develop an informed clinical approach to exotic patients.

The distance learning program will cover the latest techniques and therapeutic options for exotic animals and give you knowledge and skills that you can take back into practice with you.

Our online CE course has been designed to provide up to date knowledge across a wide range of different zoological, exotic and wild species. Topics will include initial examination and diagnostic sample collection, sedation and anesthesia, diagnostic imaging and the workup and treatment of common diseases seen in those animals.

At the end of your Exotic Animal Practice course, you can choose to attend three practical attendance modules which will cover small mammal surgery, avian surgery and endoscopy. For those completing the full program, you can purchase these modules at an exclusive price. For more information click on the Optional Modules tab.

The Exotic Program offers a route to an ISVPS General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) and has been submitted to RACE for approval.

Gain the confidence to expand the range of services your practice offers and boost your clinical enthusiasm and satisfaction with the support of the leading veterinary CE provider!



Program Features:

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14 varied modules

Covering a wide range of exotic animal species and related subjects delivered over 2 years

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3 optional hands-on modules

You can choose to attend 3 optional practical modules at the end of your program, covering small mammal surgery, avian surgery and endoscopy

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Support and guidance from a 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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Multiple learning processes

Presentations, written notes, interactive quizzes and exercises which 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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Regular assessments

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

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Course Director

Simon Girling BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM(ZHM) EurProBiol CBiol FRSB FRCVS, oversees the program ensuring the latest Exotic Medicine content

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Four sessions per month

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

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100% online

Giving you access 24/7 wherever you are using your laptop, tablet or even your smartphone

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Know-How

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

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Dedicated CE Tutor

A dedicated tutor 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

CE Program Details:

Modules summary
  1. Clinical Pathology
  2. Therapeutics and Immunization
  3. Principles of Anesthesia, Emergency and Critical Care Medicine
  4. The Biology, Nutrition, Husbandry and Diseases of other Pets and Invertebrates
  5. Current Concepts in Surgery
  6. Avian Medicine and Surgery
  7. The Biology, Nutrition, Husbandry and Common Diseases of Mice, Rats, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Chinchillas, Degus and Gerbils
  8. The Biology, Nutrition, Husbandry and Common Diseases of Rabbits
  9. The Biology, Nutrition, Husbandry and Common Diseases of Ferrets and Fish
  10. Diagnostic Imaging
  11. Reptile Medicine and Surgery
  12. Wildlife Medicine
  13. Primate Biology and Medicine
  14. Zoo Animal Management

Optional three practical attendance modules which can be taken at the end of the program:

  1. Small Mammal Surgery
  2. Avian Surgery
  3. Endoscopy
Tutors
  • Charly Pignon DVM, Dipl. ECZM
  • Richard A. Saunders BSc (Hons) BVSc FRSB CBiol DZooMed (Mammalian) DipECZM(ZHM) MRCVS  RCVS Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine (Mammalian) European Specialist in Zoological Medicine (ZHM)
  • Simon Girling - BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM(ZHM) EurProBiol CBiol FRSB FRCVS
  • Stephen Divers BVetMed, DZooMed, DECZM(Herp), DECZM(ZHM), DACZM, FRCVS
Qualifications

Our Exotic Animal Practice Distance Learning Program offers you 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 successful assessment including an exam you can gain the GPCert awarded by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS).

Only registered vets 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 Cardiology 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.
Clinical Pathology
Jul, 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand how to collect diagnostic samples including sampling sites and blood volumes, faecal, urine and bone marrow samples
  • Interpret haematological and biochemical profiles based on knowledge of normal values and the changes which occur in disease processes
  • Evaluate bone marrow samples
  • Describe how to collect and evaluate cytological samples
  • Appreciate microbiological investigation of exotic animals


Speaker: Prof. Simon Girling (BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM(ZHM) EurProBiol CBiol FRSB FRCVS)
Therapeutics and Immunisation
Sep, 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Revise the correct storage, dispensing and labelling of medicines
  • Understand the pharmacokinetics, potential interactions and adverse effects of common therapeutic agents including anaesthetics, anti-inflammatories, analgesics, anti- microbials and anti-parasitics.
  • Describe what immunisation options exist for exotic patients
  • Delivery of drugs to exotic pets and zoo animals


Speaker: Prof. Simon Girling (BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM(ZHM) EurProBiol CBiol FRSB FRCVS)
Principles of Anaesthesia, Analgesia and Emergency and Critical Care
Oct, 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Identify the type of fluid replacement required
  • Calculate fluid requirements
  • Appreciate different administration techniques and cannulation techniques
  • Select appropriate agents for the restraint, pre-medication, induction and maintenance of anaesthesia
  • Monitor anaesthesia
  • Apply knowledge of emergency and resuscitation techniques in anaesthesia to clinical situations if required
  • Understand the basic principles of emergency and critical care medicine of exotic pets


Speaker: Prof. Simon Girling (BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM(ZHM) EurProBiol CBiol FRSB FRCVS)
Biology, Nutrition, Husbandry and Diseases of Other Pets and Invertebrates
Nov, 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Review the husbandry and diseases of small pet marsupials such as sugar gliders, wallabies and opossums and how to treat them
  • Outline the husbandry and diseases of pet skunks and how to treat them
  • Describe the husbandry and diseases of Procyonids such as the raccoon, coatimundi and kinkajou and how to treat them
  • Explain the husbandry and diseases of Herpestids such as the dwarf mongoose and meerkat and how to treat them
  • Understand the husbandry and diseases of Asiatic short clawed otters and how to treat them
  • Review the husbandry and diseases of African pygmy hedgehogs and how to treat them
  • Detail the husbandry and diseases of Prairie dogs and how to treat them
  • Increase your knowledge on the husbandry and common conditions affecting pet amphibians and how to treat them
  • Outline the husbandry and diseases of commonly kept invertebrates and how to treat them


Speaker: Prof. Simon Girling (BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM(ZHM) EurProBiol CBiol FRSB FRCVS)
Current Concepts in Surgery
Jan, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand basic surgical techniques, surgical neutering and coelomic surgery
  • Use knowledge gained to implant microchips
  • Apply knowledge gained to performing various oesophagostomy techniques
  • Describe how to repair shell and beak defects
  • Explain the use of radiosurgery in exotics
  • Approach the orthopaedic patient and understand the common fracture types in different species, the principles of internal and external fracture repair and muscle tendon adhesions


Speaker: Prof. Stephen Divers (BVetMed, DZooMed, DECZM(Herp), DECZM(ZHM), DACZM, FRCVS)
Avian Medicine and Surgery
Feb, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Explain the investigation and treatment of gastro-intestinal diseases in birds
  • Investigate and treat diseases of the upper and lower airways including the nares, sinuses, and infections such as Chlamydophilosis and Aspergillosis
  • Approach beak and feather disease and feather plucking
  • Understand urogenital tract disease including excessive egg laying, egg binding, cloacal disease and orchitis
  • Manage trauma cases including fractures


Speaker: Prof. Simon Girling (BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM(ZHM) EurProBiol CBiol FRSB FRCVS)
Biology, Nutrition, Husbandry and Common Diseases of Mice, Rats, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Chinchillas, Degus and Gerbils
Mar, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of common skin diseases including ectoparasitic, bacterial, viral, fungal and endocrine disorders
  • Understand diseases affecting the gastro-intestinal tract including Tyzzer’s disease, wet tail, dental malocclusions and coccidiosis
  • Transform your approach to the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory disorders
  • Approach the diagnosis and treatment of endocrine conditions
  • Develop your understanding the diseases which affect the reproductive and urinary tracts
  • Appreciate conditions which affect the CNS
  • Understand sebaceous gland dermatitis, reproductive and adrenal gland disease affecting the skin and behavioural induced skin disease in gerbils


Speaker: Richard A. Saunders (BSc (Hons) BVSc FRSB CBiol DZooMed (Mammalian) DipECZM(ZHM) MRCVS  RCVS Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine (Mammalian) European Specialist in Zoological Medicine (ZHM))
Biology, Nutrition, Husbandry and Common Diseases of Rabbits
Apr, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Diagnose and treat dermatological diseases
  • Investigate and treat gastrointestinal diseases including motility disturbances, mucoid enteropathy and diarrhoea
  • Formulate a treatment plan for dental disease including overgrown teeth and traumatic injuries to teeth, treatment of abscesses and caries
  • Be familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory tract disease including Pasteurellosis
  • Understand conditions affecting the musculoskeletal and nervous systems including vestibular disease
  • Investigate and treat reproductive and urinary tract diseases
  • Describe common infectious diseases such as E cuniculi, myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease


Speaker: Richard A. Saunders (BSc (Hons) BVSc FRSB CBiol DZooMed (Mammalian) DipECZM(ZHM) MRCVS  RCVS Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine (Mammalian) European Specialist in Zoological Medicine (ZHM))
Biology, Nutrition, Husbandry and Diseases of Ferrets and Fish
May, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Diagnose and treat ectoparasitic, bacterial, fungal, viral and neoplastic skin disease in ferrets
  • Investigate and treat diseases affecting the gastrointestinal, respiratory and urogenital systems in ferrets
  • Understand infectious diseases in ferrets such as distemper, tuberculosis, Aleutian disease and human influenza
  • Assess disease patterns, environmental factors and fish husbandry and apply these to quarantine and disease prevention strategies
  • Perform clinical examinations and have a knowledge of anaesthesia, medication and therapeutics with respect to fish
  • Diagnose and treat common skin diseases, ocular disorders, respiratory and internal disease and have an understanding of the principles of fish surgery


Speaker: Prof. Simon Girling (BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM(ZHM) EurProBiol CBiol FRSB FRCVS)
Diagnostic Imaging
Jun, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Appreciate the value of imaging techniques in mammals, reptiles and avian species including:
    • Review radiography and radiology of soft tissues and the skeleton
    • Revise contrast media techniques
    • Describe ultrasonography and echocardiography of exotic patients
    • Become familiar with the principles of endoscopy including the respiratory, gastrointestinal and reproductive tracts


Speaker: Charly Pignon (DVM, Dipl. ECZM)
Reptile Medicine and Surgery
Jul, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Formulate an approach to the sick reptile including post hibernation anorexia and hypocalcaemic collapse
  • Diagnose and treat dermatological conditions including dysecdysis, scale rot and abscesses and metabolic, nutritional and infectious bone and shell disorders
  • Diagnose and treat common gastroenterological disorders including mouth rot, vomiting and regurgitation and liver disease
  • Approach respiratory and cardiovascular disease including pneumonia and lungworm
  • Investigate respiratory tract and reproductive disease
  • Understand the common infectious diseases of reptiles


Speaker: Prof. Simon Girling (BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM(ZHM) EurProBiol CBiol FRSB FRCVS)
Wildlife Medicine
Sep, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Formulate an approach to the restraint, anaesthesia and trauma management of wild birds and mammals
  • Diagnose and manage common disorders of the following wildlife species: the red fox, badger, hedgehog, bats, deer, small mustelids (Weasels, Stoat, Polecat, Pine Martens), otter, wild cats, squirrels, wild lagomorphs, seals, rodents, wild birds, reptiles and amphibians
  • Approach rehabilitation of wildlife
  • Understand the zoonotic diseases which affect particular species of wildlife


Speaker: Prof. Simon Girling (BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM(ZHM) EurProBiol CBiol FRSB FRCVS)
Primate Biology and Medicine
Oct, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Diagnose, treat and prevent ectoparasitic, bacterial, viral, fungal and neoplastic skin diseases
  • Understand gastrointestinal disease including bacterial gastroenteritis, gastric dilation, diarrhoea and dental caries
  • Appreciate diseases affecting the cardio-respiratory system
  • Describe metabolic/ nutritional bone disease, musculoskeletal and neurological disease, arthritis and limb fractures
  • Investigate and treat infectious diseases
  • Diagnose and treat diseases of the urogenital tract including endometrial, ovarian and mammary disease


Speaker: Prof. Simon Girling (BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM(ZHM) EurProBiol CBiol FRSB FRCVS)
Zoo Animal Management
Nov, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Approach the routine health-care management and common disease problems of zoo animals
  • Review how to restrain zoo animals
  • Understand drug delivery systems, immobilisation and anaesthetic regimes


Speaker: Prof. Simon Girling (BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM(ZHM) EurProBiol CBiol FRSB FRCVS)
APPROVED BY
Approved by RACE for 140 CE credits
ACCREDITED BY
This course is accredited by ISVPS and allows you to achieve a General Practitioner Certificate.

At the end of your Exotic Animal Practice Distance Learning CE Program, you can choose to book the three optional attendance practical modules, delivered by Stephen Divers at our state-of-the-art training venues in Swindon (UK).

For those wanting to book the full Exotic Animal Practice Program, these modules will be at an exclusive price. You can book these at a later date by contacting your CE Tutor. However, we will also be opening these up to our wider veterinary community so please let us know as soon as possible, so we can guarantee you a place!

Entry Requirements

Initial registration for the Optional Practical Attendance Modules is open on a first come first serve basis to delegates booking onto the Exotic Animal Practice Distance Learning CE Program until 1st December 2021. Any bookings made thereafter will be subject to review and acceptance. Improve International has the right to refuse a booking if it does not meet the entry requirements stated above. Please contact us for further information.


Small Mammal Surgery
25 Jan 2023 | Swindon - UK
  1. Discuss pre-operative and anaesthetic planning to minimise patient morbidity and mortality  
  2. Appreciate the important components of exotic animal surgical instrumentation, patient positioning/preparation, and surgeon ergonomics 
  3. Perform the following surgical procedures on cadavers; 
  4. Interosseous catheterisation 
  5. Endotracheal intubation 
  6. Incisor extraction 
  7. Ovariohysterectomy 
  8. Orchidectomy 
  9. Cystotomy 
  10. Gastrotomy, enterotomy 
  11. Appreciate and plan post-operative care and re-evaluation to minimise patient morbidity and mortality 


Speaker: Prof. Stephen Divers (BVetMed, DZooMed, DECZM(Herp), DECZM(ZHM), DACZM, FRCVS)
Avian Surgery
26 Jan 2023 | Swindon - UK
  1. Discuss pre-operative and anaesthetic planning to minimise patient morbidity and mortality  
  2. Appreciate the important components of exotic animal surgical instrumentation, patient positioning/preparation, and surgeon ergonomics 
  3. Perform the following surgical procedures on cadavers; 
  • Intravenous and interosseous catheterisation 
  • Endotracheal intubation 
  • Ingluviotomy and crop biopsy 
  • Left lateral coeliotomy and salpingohysterectomy 
  • Ventral coeliotomy and cloacopexy 
  • Cloacoplasty 
  • Tibiotarsal and/or humeral fracture repair 

4. Appreciate and plan post-operative care and re-evaluation to minimise patient morbidity and mortality 


Speaker: Prof. Stephen Divers (BVetMed, DZooMed, DECZM(Herp), DECZM(ZHM), DACZM, FRCVS)
Endoscopy
27 Jan 2023 | Swindon - UK

1. Explain how endoscopy equipment works and is put together 

2. Review the basic endosurgical procedures 

3. Perform the following procedures on cadavers; 

  • Otoscopy 
  • Stomatoscopy  
  • Laryngotracheoscopy 

4. Laparoscopy and; 

  • Liver biopsy 
  • Ovariectomy 
  • Cystoscopy 
  • Colonoscopy 
  • Coelioscopy (left) 
  • Exploration and evaluation 
  • Liver, kidney, lung and spleen biopsy 
  • Coelioscopy (right) 
  • Exploration and evaluation 
  • Pancreatic biopsy 
  • Cloacoscopy 

 


Speaker: Prof. Stephen Divers (BVetMed, DZooMed, DECZM(Herp), DECZM(ZHM), DACZM, FRCVS)

Would you like to attend these modules in the US?

The optional hands-on modules are originally scheduled to take place in our venue in Swindon (UK), but there is a possibility to organize these practical sessions in California if we gather a minimum number of participants. If you would like to attend these modules, but could only do it in the US, please subscribe to the waiting list below. A member of our team will contact you shortly with more information.

APPROVED BY
Approved by RACE for 140 CE credits
ACCREDITED BY
This course is accredited by ISVPS and allows you to achieve a General Practitioner Certificate.

Exotic Animal Practice
Payment OptionInitial PaymentNext PaymentsTotal Payable
Payment in full$8,431-$8,431
Monthly payments$1,343$647 x 12 installments *$9,107

Optional Modules
Payment OptionInitial PaymentNext PaymentsTotal Payable
Payment in full$2,155-$2,155
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

Exotic Animal Practice
Payment OptionInitial PaymentNext PaymentsTotal Payable
Payment in full$8,768-$8,768
Monthly payments$1,343$675 x 12 installments *$9,443

Optional Modules
Payment OptionInitial PaymentNext PaymentsTotal Payable
Payment in full$2,425-$2,425
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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EXOTIC ANIMAL PRACTICE
01 Jul 2021 - 30 Nov 2022
14 Online Modules
3 Optional Practical Attendance Modules
GPCert
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available

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APPROVED BY
Approved by RACE for 140 CE credits

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