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Small Animal Medicine Distance Learning

Online - 2020/09/01

Small Animal Medicine Distance Learning

English Version

GPCert in Small Animal Medicine


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.

Three months free from program content will be present every year, which are typically used by delegates to complete any unfinished modules.

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

Clinical Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Immunology

Cytology

Diagnostic Imaging

Gastroenterology I

Gastroenterology II

Respiratory Disease

Endocrinology I

Endocrinology II

Medical Neurology

Medical Oncology

Cardiovascular Medicine I

Cardiovascular Medicine II

Emergency Medicine & Critical Care

Canine Infectious Diseases

Feline Infectious Diseases

Urology I

Urology II

Dermatology

Ophthalmology

Joining the program at different points may require a double up of some modules but will not affect the delegates eligibility to progress onto either certificated routes;

All program prices include ISVPS registration and examination fees.

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
Randi Drees Dr.med.vet PhD DipACVR (Radiology, Radiation Oncology) DipECVDI add RadOncol PGCertAP 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
David Shearer BVetMed PhD CertSAD PGCert(VetEd), FHEA, CBiol MRSB MRCVS. RCVS Advanced Practioner in Small Animal Dermatology
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 International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS).

All program prices include ISVPS registration and examination fees.

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). 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


コース詳細

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
Course delivered in English language
The course content and all the communications will be in the original version – 100% in English

Module schedule


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Respiratory Disease
2020 September | 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)
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Endocrinology I
2020 October | 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 PhD DSAM DipECVIM-CA PGDipMEdSci PGCHE FHEA MRCVS)
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Endocrinology II
2020 November | 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 PhD DSAM DipECVIM-CA PGDipMEdSci PGCHE FHEA MRCVS)
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Clinical Pathology
2021 January | 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 PhD DSAM DipECVIM-CA PGDipMEdSci PGCHE FHEA MRCVS)
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Medical Neurology
2021 January | 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)
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Immunology
2021 February | 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)
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Medical Oncology
2021 February | 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)
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Cardiovascular I
2021 March | 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)
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Cardiovascular II
2021 May | 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)
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Emergency Medicine and Critical Care
2021 June | 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)
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Canine Infectious Diseases
2021 July | 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)
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Feline Infectious Diseases
2021 September | 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)
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Urology I
2021 October | 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)
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Urology II
2021 November | 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 (DVM, MVetMed, DipACVIM, Dip ECVIM-CA, MRCVS)
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Dermatology
2022 January | 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: David Shearer (BVetMed PhD CertSAD PGCert(VetEd), FHEA, CBiol MRSB MRCVS. RCVS Advanced Practioner in Small Animal Dermatology)
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Ophthalmology
2022 February | 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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Cytology
2022 March | 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)
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Diagnostic Imaging
2022 April | 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: Randi Drees (Dr.med.vet PhD DipACVR (Radiology, Radiation Oncology) DipECVDI add RadOncol PGCertAP MRCVS)
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Gastroenterology I
2022 June | 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)
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Gastroenterology II
2022 July | 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)


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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)
  • Programme Tutor
  • Discussion Forum
What qualifications are needed for taking the programme 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 programme
  • 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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