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FELINE PRACTICE

April 1st, 2021

The knowledge you need, just one click away

The Distance Learning Postgraduate Program in Feline Practice has been developed to enable all veterinarians access to our world-class teaching materials in this particular area of knowledge.

This is a modular course, delivered in over 20 months and featured completely online. The outstanding program content is authored by world-class specialists and offers an in-depth look at the common and more challenging feline issues through interactive and case-based sessions.

This CE will assist you in consolidating your feline medicine and surgery knowledge and help you develop an informed clinical approach to the feline patient.

You will have support and guidance from a Module Tutor who is an RCVS or ECVIM/ACVIM Diploma Holder.



Program Features:

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16 varied modules

Covering key feline subjects delivered in over 20 months

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Support from the Module Tutor

All speakers in each subject area will provide online support during their 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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100% online

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

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Four sessions per month

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

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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 Tutor

A dedicated tutor will support you every step of the way throughout the entire extent of the course

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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. Feline clinical pathology and laboratory diagnosis
  2. Feline critical care and emergency case management
  3. Feline dermatology
  4. Feline urinary tract
  5. Feline cardiology
  6. Feline respiratory medicine
  7. Feline liver, pancreas and gastrointestinal tract
  8. Feline endocrinology
  9. Feline infectious diseases I
  10. Feline infectious diseases II
  11. Feline musculoskeletal disease
  12. Feline behaviour
  13. Feline ophthalmology
  14. Feline anaesthesia and surgical principles
  15. Feline neurology
  16. Feline oncology, lymphatic and haematopoietic disease

Joining the course at different points may require you to double-up on some of the modules but will not affect your eligibility to progress onto either certificated routes.

Please note the module order may be altered.

Tutors
  • Alasdair Hotston Moore (MA VetMB CertSAC CertVR CertSAS MRCVS)
  • Becky Telle (DVM)
  • Christos Karagiannis (DVM, MSc, Dip. ECAWBM(BM), MRCVS)
  • James Grierson (BVetMed Cert VR CertSAS,CertVR,DipECVS CertMedEd FHEA FRCVS)
  • Kerry Doolin (BSc BVSc MVetMed DACVECC MRCVS American Recognised Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care)
  • Kerry Rolph (BVM&S CERTVC PHD FANZCVS DIPECVIM-CA MRCVS,RCVS Specialsit in Feline Medicine, European Specialist in Companion Animal Medicine)
  • Kieran Borgeat (BSc BVSc MVetMed CertVC DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS)
  • Mandy Burrows (BSc BVMS MANZCVS FANZCVS)
  • Maria Angeles Jimenez Lozano (DVM CertVA DipECVAA MRCVS)
  • Mark Lowrie (MA VetMB MVM DipECVN RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology and EBVS®️ European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology)
  • Nic Ilchyshyn (BSc BVSc FRCPath Dip.ECVCP MRCVS European Veterinary Specialist in Veterinary Clinical Pathology)
  • Owen Davies (MA VetMB MVetMed MANZCVS(SAM) DACVIM(Oncology) MRCVS RCVS & American Specialist in Veterinary Oncology)
  • Samantha Taylor (BVetMed(Hons) CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MANZCVS FRCVS)
  • Stephanie Sorrell (BVetMed(Hons), MANZCVSc, DipECVIM-CA, MRCVS; RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine)
  • Susana Silva (DVM CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS European Specialist in Veterinary Small Animal Medicine)
  • Yaiza Forcada (DVM PhD Dip. ECVIM-CA (Internal Medicine) MRCVS)
Qualifications

Our Feline Practice Distance Learning program offers you the possibility of working towards a recognized qualification. All professionals will 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 Feline Practice is available through our partnership with Harper Adams University (HAU). For more information about this please contact us.

This course includes

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

Feline Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Diagnosis
Apr, 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Develop a thorough knowledge of sampling techniques, the limitations of technology and equipment and the factors that can generate artifacts or abnormalities
  • Interpret results and propose further investigations
  • Understand the methodology involved in the generation of hematology, biochemistry and cytology profiles
  • Have an awareness of the various diagnostic tests for endocrine and infectious diseases ( viral, parasitic- including heartworm- and bacterial) the techniques used and their interpretation
  • Recall the cytology of haemic and non-haemic cell populations, both reactive and neoplastic, and have the ability to trace or plot maturation and degeneration pathways in blood, fluid and tissue smears
  • Explain the function of bone marrow and the differential diagnosis of anemia, hematopoietic disease and coagulopathies


Speaker: Nic Ilchyshyn (BSc BVSc FRCPath Dip.ECVCP MRCVS European Veterinary Specialist in Veterinary Clinical Pathology)
Feline Critical Care and Emergency Case Management
May, 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Perform triage, assess patients and prioritize cases
  • Undertake emergency monitoring and stabilization
  • Understand the effects, clinical signs and treatment for common toxicities including insecticides, molluscicides, rodenticides, herbicides, household preparations and plants
  • Be familiar with critical therapeutics including fluid and electrolyte therapy, transfusion medicine cardiovascular and respiratory support, analgesia and CPR


Speaker: Kerry Doolin (BSc BVSc MVetMed DACVECC MRCVS American Recognised Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care)
Feline Urinary Tract
Jun, 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the causes of renal dysfunction, the presentation and diagnostic tests utilized in cats with clinical signs of renal disease (including acute/ chronic renal insufficiency, glomerular disease, neoplasia and inherited diseases)
  • Describe the causes and emergency treatment of acute renal failure
  • Explain the pathophysiology of renal dysfunction and the importance/ significance of hyperphosphataemia, anemia, proteinuria and hypertension
  • Apply knowledge of the International Renal Interest Society staging scheme for chronic renal disease to patient prognosis
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the available treatments for CRI including phosphate binders, ACE inhibitors and dietary modification
  • Recall the neuroanatomy of the lower urinary tract and the differentiation of upper motor neuron/ lower motor neuron defects
  • Approach diseases of the lower urinary tract including FLUTD, urolithiasis, urinary tract infections and neoplasia and understand their differentiation, risk factors, treatment and dietary management


Speaker: Susana Silva (DVM CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS European Specialist in Veterinary Small Animal Medicine)
Feline Dermatology
Jul, 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Formulate a differential diagnosis, investigation plan (including laboratory investigations) for common dermatological presentations including alopecia, pruritus, infectious and auto-immune conditions, allergic skin disease and neoplasia
  • Have knowledge of treatment strategies for common dermatological presentations including alopecia, pruritus, infectious and auto-immune conditions, allergic skin disease and neoplasia
  • Be aware of and be able to recognize dermatological manifestations of systemic disease


Speaker: Mandy Burrows (BSc BVMS MANZCVS FANZCVS)
Feline Cardiology
Sep, 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Recognize the importance of a detailed history and clinical examination of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems in the diagnosis of cardiopulmonary diseases
  • Review and understand the common causes of heart disease in cats
  • Consolidate your understanding of the central importance of blood pressure in the pathophysiology of cardiac disease in cats and know how to discriminate the causes of hypertension in this species
  • Define the crucial role of high-quality imaging modalities (especially ultrasonography and radiology) in the differential diagnosis of feline cardiopulmonary diseases

 


Speaker: Kieran Borgeat (BSc BVSc MVetMed CertVC DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS)
Feline Respiratory Medicine
Oct, 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Approach the common presentations of respiratory disease including nasal discharge, epistaxis, coughing, stertor, stridor, sneezing and reverse sneezing
  • Diagnose and treat upper respiratory tract diseases, both acute (infectious) and chronic (inflammatory or infectious or neoplastic in origin)
  • Formulate an approach to allergic lower respiratory tract disease including differential diagnoses, investigation and treatment of allergic airway disease, parasitic disease and pulmonary fibrosis
  • Understand pleural space disease including differential diagnoses, investigation and therapeutics


Speaker: Kerry Rolph (BVM&S CERTVC PHD FANZCVS DIPECVIM-CA MRCVS,RCVS Specialsit in Feline Medicine, European Specialist in Companion Animal Medicine)
Feline Liver, Pancreas and Gastrointestinal Tract
Nov, 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Know how to investigate and manage common medical conditions affecting the feline esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, liver and pancreas
  • Describe the various tests used in the diagnosis of liver and pancreatic disease and the management options for the common hepatic medical disorders
  • Approach the nutritional management of disorders of the liver, pancreas and gastrointestinal tract


Speaker: Samantha Taylor (BVetMed(Hons) CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MANZCVS FRCVS)
Feline Endocrinology
Jan, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Define the clinical signs of feline endocrine diseases and understand their pathogenesis – including hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, acromegaly, hyperaldosteronism and hyperadrenocorticism
  • Describe the principles of key diagnostic tests and their application for the above feline endocrine diseases
  • Understand the management of common feline endocrine diseases and know how to approach complications such as diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar syndrome


Speaker: Yaiza Forcada (DVM PhD Dip. ECVIM-CA (Internal Medicine) MRCVS)
Feline Infectious Diseases I
Feb, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe health and safety concerns and precautions relating to zoonoses
  • Understand the legislation and regulations relating to infectious diseases
  • Design and implement vaccination and preventative parasitic programs
  • Approach the pathophysiology, diagnosis and, where appropriate, treatment of common viral diseases including FeLV, FIV and FIP
  • Diagnose and treat Haemoplasma infections


Speaker: Stephanie Sorrell (BVetMed(Hons), MANZCVSc, DipECVIM-CA, MRCVS; RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine)
Feline Infectious Diseases II
Mar, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Explain the diseases of hunting cats including Toxoplasmosis, Poxvirus, Mycobacterial disease and Salmonellosis
  • Approach enteric infections of the cat including protozoal disease (Trichomonas fetus, Cryptosporidium, Giardia and Isospora) and bacterial/ viral disease
  • Understand fungal mycoses
  • Control infectious and zoonotic disease in the home, clinic, shelters and cattery situations


Speaker: Stephanie Sorrell (BVetMed(Hons), MANZCVSc, DipECVIM-CA, MRCVS; RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine)
Feline Musculoskeletal Disease
May, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Perform an orthopedic examination and be familiar with the presentation of osteoarthritis in the cat
  • Understand the value of radiography, synoviocentesis, muscle and nerve biopsies
  • Apply first aid techniques to fracture patients
  • Explain the principles of orthopedic surgery and the approach to the repair of common fractures


Speaker: James Grierson (BVetMed Cert VR CertSAS,CertVR,DipECVS CertMedEd FHEA FRCVS)
Feline Behavior
Jun, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Consolidate your understanding of normal cat behavior
  • Understand the clinical causes of feline behavioral problems
  • Formulate an approach to common problems such as inappropriate toileting, spraying, aggression and compulsive disorders
  • Review and apply strategies for improving core territory security
  • Have a good knowledge of the principal behavioral modifying drugs, their use and potential side effects


Speaker: Christos Karagiannis (DVM, MSc, Dip. ECAWBM(BM), MRCVS)
Feline Ophthalmology
Jul, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the normal feline eye and use readily available diagnostic equipment and disposables in feline ophthalmic cases
  • Recognize those ophthalmic conditions which are unique to the cat or are particularly important in this species
  • Perform common surgical procedures pertinent to feline ophthalmology
  • Approach the medical management of ophthalmic patients
  • Know when to refer a patient


Speaker: Becky Telle (DVM)
Feline Anesthesia and Surgical Principles
Sep, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Apply knowledge gained to surgical asepsis and theatre protocol
  • Rationally utilize antibiotics in surgical patients
  • Be familiar with suture materials and patterns, surgical instruments and tissue handling
  • Plan surgery, apply hemostatic techniques and manage crises
  • Approach the management and reconstruction of wounds


Speaker: Alasdair Hotston Moore (MA VetMB CertSAC CertVR CertSAS MRCVS)
Speaker: Maria Angeles Jimenez Lozano (DVM CertVA DipECVAA MRCVS)
Feline Neurology
Oct, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the clinical signs associated with neurological disease
  • Perform a neurological assessment and understand what the tests evaluate and their interpretation
  • Describe how to localize lesions and the value this provides to the clinician
  • Plan a neurological investigation and understand the major feline neurological diseases on the basis of localization
  • Approach abnormalities including seizures, spinal cord and cranial nerve abnormalities and peripheral neurological diseases
  • Be familiar with the common myopathies including their presentation, diagnosis and treatment


Speaker: Mark Lowrie (MA VetMB MVM DipECVN RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology and EBVS®️ European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology)
Feline Oncology, Lymphatic and Hematopoietic Disease
Nov, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the clinical relevance of tumor biology and be able to discuss the most common neoplasms of the major organ systems
  • Evaluate the evidence base to make rational treatment decisions for feline cancer patients
  • Review the importance of biopsy and staging in therapy decision making, counselling and support


Speaker: Owen Davies (MA VetMB MVetMed MANZCVS(SAM) DACVIM(Oncology) MRCVS RCVS & American Specialist in Veterinary Oncology)
APPROVED BY
Approved by RACE for 192 CE/CPD credits
ACCREDITED BY
This course is accredited by ISVPS and allows you to achieve a General Practitioner Certificate.

FELINE PRACTICE
Payment OptionInitial PaymentNext PaymentsTotal Payable
Payment in full$8,490-$8,490
Monthly payments$1,254$531 x 16 installments *$9,750
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

FELINE PRACTICE
Payment OptionInitial PaymentNext PaymentsTotal Payable
Payment in full$8,740-$8,740
Monthly payments$1,504$531 x 16 installments *$10,000
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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This course is accredited by ISVPS and allows you to achieve a General Practitioner Certificate.

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FELINE PRACTICE
01 Apr 2021 - 30 Nov 2022
16 Online Modules
GPCert
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available
APPROVED BY
Approved by RACE for 192 CE/CPD credits

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