Small Animal Medicine Distance Learning

Online - Jan, 2020 - Two year program

Small Animal Medicine Distance Learning

GPCert in Small Animal Medicine Distance Learning


Bringing the latest developments in Small Animal Medicine to an interactive online environment, allowing you to learn wherever you are.

Our Distance Learning Program for Small Animal Medicine has been developed to enable all veterinary surgeons to access our world-class teaching materials.

By allowing you to study part-time, at your own pace, this program enables you to effectively manage your work-life balance while bringing essential knowledge back to your practice immediately.

You’ll have support and guidance from a Module Tutor who is an RCVS or ECVIM/ACVIM Small Animal Medicine Diploma Holder, across 20 varied modules covering key canine and feline medicine topics, delivered online over 26 months.

Once you join, you will be part of an international program with participants from all over the world.

For a preview of our Small Animal Medicine Distance Learning Program, click below

Program
Modules at a glance

Year One

1 Clinical Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

2 Immunology

3 Cytology

4 Diagnostic Imaging

5 Gastroenterology I

6 Gastroenterology II

7 Respiratory Disease

8 Endocrinology I

9 Endocrinology II

10 Medical Neurology

Year Two

11 Medical Oncology

12 Cardiovascular Medicine I

13 Cardiovascular Medicine II

14 Emergency Medicine & Critical Care

15 Canine Infectious Diseases

16 Feline Infectious Diseases

17 Urology I

18 Urology II

19 Dermatology

20 Ophthalmology

Please note the module order may be subject to change

Module tutors

Module tutors give you support online throughout the duration of their module:

Ana Lara DVM MSc PhD PgCert MedEd FHEA  DipACVIM & ECVIM-CA (Oncology) MRCVS
Andrew Holdsworth BSc BVSc (Hons) DipECVDI MRCVS
Kieran Borgeat  BSc(Hons) BVSc MVetMed CertVC  DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
James Swann MA VetMB MVetMed DipACVIM DipECVIM MRCVS
Joana Aguiar MVM MVetMed MRCVS
Kerry Simpson BVM&S PhD FACVSc DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
Kieran Borgeat BSc(Hons) BVSc MVetMed CertVC DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
Marta Costa DVM MSc FRCPath DipECVCP MRCVS EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Clinical Pathology
Nick Bexfield BVetMed PhD DSAM DipECVIM-CA FSBiol MRCVS
Raquel Trevail DVM DipECVN MRCVS
Rosario Cerundolo DVM CertVD DipECVD MRCVS
Sally Turner VetMB MA DVOphthal MRCVS
Scott Kilpatrick BSc (Hons) MSc BVM&S DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
Simon Tappin MA VetMB GPCert(SAP) CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
Susana Silva CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

Work towards a recognised qualification

Our Small Animal Medicine Distance 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.

You can choose to let the program give you new knowledge and skills to take back to practice or you can work towards a recognised qualification.

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 European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS).

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

Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)

A route to a PgC in Small Animal Medicine is available through our partnership with Harper Adams University (HAU).

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

Increase your skills, knowledge and confidence in dealing with more complex canine and feline cases. With 24/7 access from your laptop, tablet or smartphone, no matter where you are in the world, you can fit your learning around the day-to-day workings of a busy practice, with the option of accessing a like-minded peer network.

Benefits for you
  • Advance in your career, and be eligible for academic recognition
  • Develop a logical approach to medical cases and problem-solving
  • Increase your skills, knowledge and confidence in dealing with more complex canine and feline cases
  • Grow your small-animal caseload and revenue stream
  • Access the Program anywhere in the world, 24/7, from your laptop, PC, tablet or smartphone
  • Gain access to a like-minded peer network
  • Fit your learning around the day-to-day schedule of a busy practice
Benefits for your clients
  • Improved patient care
  • Accelerated diagnosis
  • Increased number of treatment options
  • Reassurance that their pet is in safe hands
Benefits for your practice
  • Increased practice revenues
  • Improved productivity
  • Reduced external referrals and expanded range of practice capabilities
  • Transferable knowledge and skills within your practice
  • Ability to demonstrate your commitment to enhancing your practice’s standards


Approved by RACE for 240 CE/CPD credits

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

Learn more


Course Details

20 varied modules
Covering key clinical subjects, delivered over 26 months
Support and guidance from a Module Tutor who is an RCVS or ECVIM/ACVIM Small Animal Medicine Diploma Holder
A specialist in the subject area will provide online support during each module, and will be available to answer all your questions
Multiple learning processes
Presentations, written notes, interactive quizzes and exercises that test your knowledge as you work
Discussion forum
A discussion forum for conversation, debate and sharing cases with your peers and Module Tutors
Four sessions per month
Each module consists of four sessions spread out over one month. Sessions consist of separate lessons and case-based studies to work through at your own pace
100% online
Accessible 24/7 from anywhere that you are able to use your laptop, tablet, or even your smartphone
Regular assessments
Pre-module and post-module assessments allowing you to evaluate your progress
Dedicated Program Tutor
A dedicated Program Tutor who will support you every step of the way
Interactive and engaging modules
Allowing you to absorb the learning materials in an online environment

Module schedule



01 - Clinical Pathology
Jan, 2020 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the rationale behind the selection of appropriate tests for your patients
  • Consider the range of different sampling techniques and sample processing techniques, and identify factors that may affect them
  • Become familiar with the clinical pathology of hepatobiliary and renal disease
  • Structure your approach to anemia so as to differentiate between non-regenerative and regenerative types before determining possible underlying causes
  • Transform your understanding of hemostasis to enable you to determine when, why and how it goes wrong
  • Use your knowledge to interpret laboratory data from clinical patients, to help you prioritize further investigations


Speaker: Nick Bexfield (BVetMed CertSAM,DSAM,PhD FSBiol MRCVS)
02 - Immunology
Feb, 2020 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Learn the basis of immune functions and the immune response, in order to better understand the pathophysiology of immune-mediated disease
  • Develop your diagnostic approach to common immune-mediated diseases in small animals
  • Transform your understanding of the basis of therapy for immune-mediated diseases
  • Discuss the use of common immunosuppressive therapies


Speaker: James Swann (MA VetMB MVetMed DipACVIM DipECVIM MRCVS)
03 - Cytology
Mar, 2020 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the principles and practical aspects of cytological sample collection, storage and preparation
  • Perfect your ability to describe the principles of routine cytological examination, and how this informs a cytological diagnosis
  • Develop your hematological skills by learning to adeptly interpret both normal and abnormal hemograms, identifying
    reticulocytes and discovering platelet and white cell abnormalities
  • Transform your understanding of the different cytological characteristics of effusions, aspirates and lavage samples
  • Familiarize yourself with some of the conditions most commonly diagnosed by cytology


Speaker: Marta Costa (DVM MSc FRCPath DipECVCP MRCVS)
04 - Diagnostic Imaging
May, 2020 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Review the principles of radiography, radiology and the significance of radiation protection
  • Gain an increased appreciation of the use of contrast radiography in a variety of situations and using a variety of techniques
  • Understand the principles of ultrasound imaging
  • Familiarize yourself with the basic principles of advanced imaging
  • Compare and contrast CT and MRI as diagnostic tools


Speaker: Andrew Holdsworth (BSc BVSc (Hons) DipECVDI MRCVS)
05 - Gastroenterology I
Jun, 2020 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Develop your understanding of deglutition and dysphagia
  • Familiarize yourself with the pathophysiology of:
    • Regurgitation
    • Acute and chronic vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • Enhance your diagnostic approach to gastrointestinal abnormalities
  • Describe the principles and basic use of endoscopy in the diagnosis of gastrointestinal disease, and when it is indicated


Speaker: Scott Kilpatrick (BSc (Hons) MSc BVM&S Dip ECVIM-CA MRCVS)
06 - Gastroenterology II
Jul, 2020 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Improve your understanding of the pathophysiology of hepatic and hepatobiliary disease
  • Devise a systematic diagnostic approach to jaundiced patients
  • Perfect your investigative approach to suspected hepatobiliary disease
  • Understand the pathophysiology of exocrine pancreatic disease
  • Describe the investigative approach to acute and chronic exocrine pancreatic diseases
  • Discuss the therapeutic options for hepatobiliary and pancreatic diseases


Speaker: Scott Kilpatrick (BSc (Hons) MSc BVM&S Dip ECVIM-CA MRCVS)
07 - Respiratory Disease
Sep, 2020 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Improve your understanding of the importance of a detailed and thorough physical examination
  • Integrate a dyspnea algorithm into your investigations of respiratory disease
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of diagnostic aids in the investigation of respiratory disease: radiography, endoscopy, ultrasonography and cytology
  • Consolidate your knowledge of upper and lower airway diseases, as well as parenchymal and pleural space diseases
  • Familiarize yourself with the principles of primary and ancillary respiratory therapeutics


Speaker: Susana Silva (DVM CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS European Specialist in Veterinary Small Animal Medicine)
08 - Endocrinology I
Oct, 2020 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Gain a footing in the underlying principles of endocrine anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology
  • Become familiar with the clinical signs and diagnostic approaches to canine and feline endocrine disorders such as:
    • Hypo- and hyperadrenocorticism – common and uncommon presentations
    • Hypo- and hyperthyroidism
    • Primary and secondary hyperparathyroidism
  • Understand the basis of medical and (where appropriate) surgical management of diseases affecting the adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid glands


Speaker: Nick Bexfield (BVetMed CertSAM,DSAM,PhD FSBiol MRCVS)
09 - Endocrinology II
Nov, 2020 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the pathophysiology and clinical signs associated with endocrine pancreatic disease, including insulinoma
  • Describe the investigation and management of diabetes mellitus and diabetic ketoacidosis in dogs and cats
  • Gain an understanding of the causes of failure to control diabetes, and the proper approach to unstable diabetic patients
  • Understand the pathophysiology of pituitary endocrine diseases
  • Become familiar with the clinical signs, investigation and management of pituitary endocrine disease in dogs and cats


Speaker: Nick Bexfield (BVetMed CertSAM,DSAM,PhD FSBiol MRCVS)
10 - Medical Neurology
Jan, 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Update your understanding of the principles of functional neuroanatomy
  • Become adept at thorough and systematic neurological examination for the purpose of localizing lesions
  • List and understand further diagnostic techniques available for investigating neurological disease
  • Review the investigation and management of common neurological syndromes
  • Understand the steps involved in investigating the etiology of seizures in dogs and cats
  • Improve your ability to manage seizures in emergency situations, and in the longer term


Speaker: Raquel Monteiro Trevail (DVM, DipECVN, MRCVS. RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology)
11 - Medical Oncology
Feb, 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Learn to understand the principles of tumor biology and staging
  • Formulate a general investigative approach to cancer patients
  • Develop your understanding of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgical oncology
  • Familiarize yourself with the therapeutic management of common canine and feline neoplasms
  • Enable yourself to recognize and manage common oncological emergencies


Speaker: Ana Lara (DVM, MSc, FHEA, PhD, MRCVS DipACVIM & ECVIM-CA (Oncology), RCVS and European Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Oncology)
12 - Cardiovascular I
Mar, 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Extend your understanding of the principles and importance of a physical examination in patients with suspected cardiac disease
  • Familiarize yourself with the principles of electrocardiography
  • Integrate your understanding of approaches to electrocardiographic interpretation, to improve your ability to identify common arrhythmias
  • Improve your ability to evaluate thoracic radiographs in reference to cardiac patients
  • Understand the basic principles of echocardiography and its role in the diagnosis of cardiac disease


Speaker: Kieran Borgeat (BSc BVSc MVetMed CertVC DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS)
13 - Cardiovascular II
May, 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Recognize and understand the events involved in the pathophysiology of cardiac failure
  • Learn to define systolic and diastolic failure
  • Appreciate species-based differences in prevalence of congenital and acquired cardiac diseases
  • Learn to describe the major congenital cardiac diseases in dogs and cats
  • Transform your understanding of the pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of acquired valvular, myocardial and pericardial diseases
  • Familiarize yourself with the therapeutic options, and their applications, for patients with cardiac disease
  • Learn how to manage emergency cardiac patients for improved outcomes


Speaker: Kieran Borgeat (BSc BVSc MVetMed CertVC DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS)
14 - Emergency Medicine and Critical Care
Jun, 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Familiarize yourself with a thorough and systematic approach to the assessment of the major body systems in critically ill patients
  • Enhance your understanding of the minimum database and its interpretation
  • Implement your assessment of your patients when considering their fluid, electrolyte and transfusion requirements
  • Understand the principles and practical aspects of critical patient monitoring
  • Learn to recognize imminent cardiopulmonary arrest more promptly
  • Learn how to select and apply both basic and advanced life support
  • Learn the best approach to the acute management of dyspneic patients


Speaker: Simon Tappin (MA VetMB CertSAM DipECVIM-CA FRCVS)
15 - Canine Infectious Diseases
Jul, 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Compile a list of the major infectious diseases in dogs
  • Describe the diagnosis and management of common canine infectious diseases
  • Familiarize yourself with the clinical signs of significant imported diseases occurring in dogs
  • Understand the principles of vaccination and vaccination regimes
  • Understand the steps involved in the Pet Travel Scheme
  • List notifiable diseases in dogs


Speaker: Simon Tappin (MA VetMB CertSAM DipECVIM-CA FRCVS)
16 - Feline Infectious Diseases
Sep, 2021 | Online

Learn approaches to the pathophysiology, diagnosis and, where appropriate, treatment and management of common viral diseases in cats, including FeLV, FIV, FIP and respiratory infections.

  • Diagnose and treat hemoplasma infections
  • Learn to explain diseases of hunting cats, including toxoplasmosis, pox virus, mycobacterial disease and salmonellosis
  • Learn approaches to enteric infections of cats, including protozoal disease (trichomonas fetus, cryptosporidium, giardia and isospora) and bacterial/viral disease
  • Understand fungal mycoses
  • Control infectious and zoonotic disease in the home, clinics, shelters and catteries 


Speaker: Kerry Simpson (BVM&S Cert VC FACVSc PhD MRCVS, RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine)
17 - Urology I
Oct, 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the diagnostic techniques available for investigating urinary disease
  • Delve into the details of the pathophysiology of acute and chronic renal failure, glomerular disease and proteinuria
  • Develop your investigative approach to renal disease
  • Improve your therapeutic management of such cases


Speaker: James Swann (MA VetMB MVetMed DipACVIM DipECVIM MRCVS)
18 - Urology II
Nov, 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe and understand the factors involved in the development of crystalluria and urolithiasis in cats and dogs
  • Understand the principles of management of lower urinary tract disease in cats and dogs
  • Explore the often complicated management of FLUTD and urethral obstruction
  • Examine the possible causes of urinary incontinence, and their diagnosis and management
  • Classify canine prostatic diseases, and understand their pathogenesis, diagnosis and medical management


Speaker: Joana Aguiar ()
19 - Dermatology
Jan, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Develop a problem-solving approach to skin diseases
  • Describe the steps involved in dermatological examination of cats and dogs
  • List and understand the techniques used for the laboratory investigation of skin disease, and when they should be used
  • Recommend rational problem-solving approaches to the investigation and treatment of:
    • Alopecia
    • Pruritus
  • Become familiar with the common presentations of bacterial, parasitic and fungal skin disease
  • Identify common dermatological manifestations of systemic disease, and their pathogenesis


Speaker: Rosario Cerundolo (DVM, Cert. VD, Dipl. ECVD, MRCVS)
20 - Ophthalmology
Feb, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Review common ophthalmic examination techniques:
    • Basic neuro-ophthalmological examination
    • Ophthalmoscopy: distant direct, close direct & indirect
    • Correct use of Fluorescein for corneal evaluation
    • Tonometry and gonioscopy
  • Gain a footing in current ocular therapeutics: what do you need to have on your pharmacy shelf?
  • Familiarize yourself with the medical management of common ocular conditions
  • Identify the ocular manifestations of systemic diseases
  • Learn to recognize common ocular conditions that require surgery


Speaker: Sally Turner (VetMB MA DVOphthal MRCVS)

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Approved by RACE for 240 CE/CPD credits

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

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Prices
Payment in full: $8,600.00
Monthly payments: $1,000.00 + $440.00 x 20 installments *
* 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

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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 or 30 days before the first module in order to be eligible for the discounted rate.

3. For instalment payment plans, payment option is only by credit card direct debit. You must fill in, sign and submit to us prior course start the Credit Card Authorization Form provided by us.

4. Please contact us for pricing relating to corporate veterinary groups, multiple booking discounts.


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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.


Find your course

Approved by RACE for 240 CE/CPD credits

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

Learn more

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