Vets Course

Exotic Animal Practice

ISVPS General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert)

HAU Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)

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July 2023 - November 2024

Feel equipped to understand and treat the more varied cases and species

Exotic pets often fill veterinary surgeons with dread as they come through the surgery door. This programme will assist you in consolidating your knowledge of exotic medicine and surgery and help you to develop an informed clinical approach to exotic patients.

The programme has been designed to provide up to date knowledge across a range of different zoological and exotic species, from the initial examination and diagnostic sample collection to sedation and anaesthesia, diagnostic imaging and the workup and treatment of common diseases seen in those species. The programme 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.

At the end of your programme, you can choose to attend three practical attendance modules which will cover small mammal surgery, avian surgery and endoscopy.

Providing a logical approach to even the most complex cases, this programme will provide the basis for renewed clinical enthusiasm and satisfaction.

What you'll learn:

14 varied modules

Covering key exotic animal subjects delivered over 2 years

3 optional practical modules

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

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

The 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 which test your knowledge as you work

Discussion forum

A discussion forum for conversation, debate and sharing cases with your peers and Module Tutors

Course Director

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

Four sessions per month

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

100% online

Giving you access 24/7 via our world-leading Learning Management System

Regular assessments

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

Dedicated Programme Tutor

A dedicated Programme Tutor who will support you every step of the way

Interactive and engaging modules

Which allow you to absorb the learning materials in an online environment

Programme Details:

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

Please note the module order may be subject to change


The Exotic Animal Practice Online Learning Programme 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 Programme 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 programme and the successful completion of the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS) assessments including an exam you can gain the GPCert awarded by ISVPS.

Only registered veterinary surgeons 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 Dermatology is available through our partnership with Harper Adams University (HAU).

The PgC is a recognised higher education qualification demonstrating that you have achieved the required standard within a designated subject. The qualification represents Masters Level 7 within the Quality Assurance Agency’s framework for higher and further education. You will have to take the Advanced Practitioner Module which is delivered by HAU. Contact us for further information.

For GPCert and PgC fees please see our pricing table in the ‘Pricing’ tab above.

The examination for this programme will be held in May 2024. Dates for assessments will be provided separately by ISVPS.

RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status

After completing your Postgraduate Certificate you can apply for the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status. This is subject to meeting all of the other entry requirements set out by the RCVS in the Applicant Guidance Notes. You will also need to provide evidence of Key Professional Skills knowledge to the RCVS when applying for the Advanced Practitioner Status.

Venue: Online
Date: July 2023 - November 2024

PgC/GPCert in Exotic Animal Practice

July 2023 - November 2024
14 Modules
14 Online sessions
3 Optional Practical Attendance Modules
PgC/GPCert in Exotic Animal Practice



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


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