Vets Course

Geriatric Medicine in Dogs and Cats


01 May 2023 - 30 Sep 2023

Deepen your knowledge of senior animal conditions

As all veterinary professionals know, cats and dogs live longer, hence the rise in age-related illnesses and chronic conditions. Good care allows them to live happy, healthy, and active lives in their senior years. This Focus 20 online programme will teach you unique skills in this area, needed both practically and holistically. Support and guidance from a Module Tutor will guarantee your progress to confidently make a difference in the life of canine and feline patients visiting your consulting room.

What does this Focus 20 programme include?

Taught entirely online via our world-leading Learning Management Platform, this Focus 20 programme prepares you to reach better diagnoses and treatments for your geriatric patients. Built around 5 modules, the course also includes a one-hour live evening webinar at the end of the programme. This is an unparalleled and fascinating programme written by experienced specialists that addresses essential topics, such as:

  • Senior cat and dog healthcare improvement in primary care practice
  • Renal, neurological, musculoskeletal, and gastrointestinal pathologies
  • Behavioural issues seen in older cats and dogs and quality of life improvement
  • Changing physiology of ageing and nutritional requirements

Who is this Focus 20 programme suitable for?

This programme is suitable for all veterinary surgeons, including those with an ISVPS General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) and/or Postgraduate Certificate awarded by Harper Adams University.

How does this programme relate to career progression and My Veterinary Career?

My Veterinary Career is a new points-based pathway, launched in partnership with the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS) and designed to help veterinarians structure their postgraduate training and qualifications.
This Focus 20 programme in Geriatric Medicine in Dogs and Cats offers 20 ISVPS points and 20 Harper Adams University Academic credits (pending validation) towards My Veterinary Career upon successful assessment. Gain enough points, and you will achieve the ultimate ISVPS Master General Practitioner qualification.

What you'll learn:

Five Interactive Modules

Accessible online and delivered over 5 months

Module Tutor

Support and guidance from a Module Tutor who is recognised in their subject field

100% Online

Using blended media, a mixture of different learning styles from interactive online lessons and videos, webinars and “knowledge” checks

40 Hours of CPD

Divided over five modules

Improve Veterinary Practice Membership

One year FREE access to Improve Veterinary Practice Membership

Access to RCVS Knowledge Library

Free access to the RCVS Knowledge Library

20 ISVPS Points

Eligible for My Veterinary Career, offering 20 ISVPS points and 20 Harper Adams University Academic Credits upon successful assessment

*Pending validation with HAU

Expert Course Director

The Course Director is Sam Taylor BVetMed (Hons), CertSAM, DipECVIM-CA, MANZCVS, FRCVS 

Programme Details:

Module Summary
  1. Principles of Geriatric Medicine
  2. The Ageing Musculoskeletal System
  3. The Ageing Kidney
  4. The Ageing Brain and Nervous System
  5. Nutrition and the Ageing Gastrointestinal System
  6. Geriatric Medicine End of Course webinar

Please note the module order may be subject to change

Venue: Online
Date: 01 May 2023 - 30 Sep 2023

Geriatric Medicine in Dogs and Cats

01 May 2023 - 30 Sep 2023
40 CPD Hours
20 ISVPS Points