Vets Course

Feline Practice

ISVPS General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert)

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February 2023 - July 2024

Learn at your own pace, wherever you are, with our Feline Practice Online Learning Programme

Our Feline Practice Online Learning Programme has been developed to enable all veterinary surgeons access to our world-class teaching materials. By studying part-time, at your own pace, this programme allows you to effectively manage your work-life balance while taking essential knowledge back to practice immediately.
 

Key features of this programme:

16 varied modules

Covering key feline subjects delivered over 24 months

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

Samantha Taylor BVetMed (Hons) CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS, oversees the programme ensuring the latest Feline 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 wherever you are

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. Feline Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Diagnosis
  2. Feline Critical Care and Emergency Case Management
  3. Feline Urinary Tract
  4. Feline Neurology
  5. Feline Liver, Pancreas and Gastrointestinal Tract
  6. Feline Respiratory Medicine
  7. Feline Cardiology
  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 Dermatology
  16. Feline Oncology

Please note the module order may be subject to change

Qualifications

The Feline 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 following successful assessment including an exam you can gain the GPCert awarded by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (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 Feline Practice 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. In order to apply for this route, additional assessments will be necessary, please contact us for further information.

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

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: February 2023 - July 2024

PgC/GPCert in Feline Practice

February 2023 - July 2024
Online
16 Modules
16 Online sessions
PgC/GPCert in Feline Practice
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available

ACCREDITED BY:

ISVPS
01 - Feline Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Diagnosis
E-learning | February 2023
Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Develop a thorough knowledge of sampling techniques, the limitations of technology and equipment and the factors that can generate artefacts or abnormalities
  • Interpret results and propose further investigations
  • Understand the methodology involved in the generation of haematology, 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 anaemia, haematopoietic disease and coagulopathies
Tutor:
Nic Ilchyshyn ( BSc BVSc FRCPath Dip.ECVCP MRCVS European Veterinary Specialist in Veterinary Clinical Pathology)
02 - Feline Critical Care and Emergency Case Management
E-learning | March 2023
Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Perform triage, assess patients and prioritise cases
  • Undertake emergency monitoring and stabilisation
  • 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
Tutor:
Kerry Doolin (BSc BVSc MVetMed DACVECC MRCVS American Recognised Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care)
03 - Feline Urinary Tract
E-learning | April 2023
Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the causes of renal dysfunction, the presentation and diagnostic tests utilised 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, anaemia, 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
Tutor:
Susana Silva (DVM CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS European Specialist in Veterinary Small Animal Medicine)
04 - Feline Neurology
E-learning | May 2023
Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Be able to recognise the clinical signs associated with neurological disease
  • Perform a neurological assessment using appropriate tests and intepret the results
  • Describe how to localise lesions and the value this provides to the clinician
  • Plan a neurological investigation and list the major feline neurological diseases on the basis of localisation
  • Define a diagnostic approach for abnormalities including seizures, spinal cord and cranial nerve abnormalities and peripheral neurological diseases
  • List the common feline neurological diseases including their presentation, diagnosis and treatment
Tutor:
Mark Lowrie (MA VetMB MVM DipECVN RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology and EBVS®️ European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology)
05 - Feline Liver, Pancreas and Gastrointestinal Tract
E-learning | June 2023
Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Know how to investigate and manage common medical conditions affecting the feline oesophagus, 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
Tutor:
Samantha Taylor (BVetMed(Hons) CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MANZCVS FRCVS)
06 - Feline Respiratory Medicine
E-learning | July 2023
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
Tutor:
Kerry Rolph (BVM&S CERTVC PHD FANZCVS DIPECVIM-CA MRCVS,RCVS Specialsit in Feline Medicine, European Specialist in Companion Animal Medicine)
07 - Feline Cardiology
E-learning | September 2023
Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Recognise 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
Tutor:
Kieran Borgeat (BSc BVSc MVetMed CertVC FHEA MRCVS DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology))
08 - Feline Endocrinology
E-learning | October 2023
Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Define the clinical signs of feline endocrine diseases and understand their pathogenesis – including hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, acromegaly, hyperaldosteronism,  hyperadrenocorticism and parathyroid disorders. 
  • 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 unstable diabetes  
Tutor:
Yaiza Forcada (DVM Dip. ECVIM-CA MRCVS)
09 - Feline Infectious Diseases I
E-learning | November 2023
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 programmes
  • Approach the pathophysiology, diagnosis and, where appropriate, treatment of common viral diseases including FeLV, FIV and FIP
  • Diagnose and treat Haemoplasma infections
Tutor:
Stephanie Sorrell (BVetMed(Hons), MANZCVSc, DipECVIM-CA, MRCVS; RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine )
10 - Feline Infectious Diseases II
E-learning | January 2024
Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Explain the diseases of hunting cats including Toxoplasmosis, Pox virus, Mycobacterial disease and Salmonellosis
  • Approach enteric infections of the cat including protozoal disease (Trichomonas foetus, Cryptosporidium, Giardia and Isospora) and bacterial/ viral disease
  • Understand fungal mycoses
  • Control infectious and zoonotic disease in the home, clinic, shelters and cattery situations
Tutor:
Stephanie Sorrell (BVetMed(Hons), MANZCVSc, DipECVIM-CA, MRCVS; RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine )
11 - Feline Musculoskeletal Disease
E-learning | February 2024
Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Perform an orthopaedic 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 orthopaedic surgery and the approach to the repair of common fractures 
Tutor:
James Grierson (BVetMed Cert VR CertSAS,CertVR,DipECVS CertMedEd FHEA FRCVS)
12 - Feline Behaviour
E-learning | March 2024
Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Consolidate your understanding of normal cat behaviour
  • Understand the clinical causes of feline behavioural problems
  • Formulate an approach to common problems such as inappropriate toiletting, spraying, aggression and compulsive disorders
  • Review and apply strategies for improving core territory security
  • Have a good knowledge of the principal behavioural modifying drugs, their use and potential side effects
Tutor:
Christos Karagiannis (DVM, MSc, Dip. ECAWBM(BM), MRCVS)
13 - Feline Ophthalmology
E-learning | April 2024
Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the normal feline eye and use readily available diagnostic equipment and disposables in feline ophthalmic cases
  • Recognise 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
Tutor:
Becky Telle (DVM DACVO)
14 - Feline Anaesthesia and Surgical Principles
E-learning | May 2024
Online

Key learning objectives:

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

Online Anaesthesia component:

  • Describe a range of parenteral and inhalational anaesthetic regimes
  • Understand the pharmacokinetics of different anaesthetics and monitoring techniques available
Tutor:
Alasdair Hotston Moore (MA VetMB CertSAC CertVR CertSAS MRCVS )
Maria Angeles Jimenez Lozano (DVM CertVA DipECVAA MRCVS)
15 - Feline Dermatology
E-learning | June 2024
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 recognise dermatological manifestations of systemic disease
Tutor:
Mandy Burrows (BSc BVMS MANZCVS FANZCVS)
16 - Feline Oncology
E-learning | July 2024
Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the clinical relevance of tumour 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
Tutor:
Owen Davies (MA VetMB MVetMed MANZCVS(SAM) DACVIM(Oncology) MRCVS RCVS & American Specialist in Veterinary Oncology)

Venue: Online
Date: February 2023 - July 2024

PgC/GPCert in Feline Practice

February 2023 - July 2024
Online
16 Modules
16 Online sessions
PgC/GPCert in Feline Practice
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available

ACCREDITED BY:

ISVPS
  • Early bird prices
  • Regular prices
Less than a month before the start date
Feline Practice
Payment Option Initial Payment Remaining Balance Total Payable
GPCert Programme £7,599.00 - £7,599.00
PgC Programme £9,699.00 - £9,699.00
GPCert Programme deposit and remaining balance £1,649.00 £5,950.00 £7,599.00
PgC Programme deposit and remaining balance £1,649.00 £8,050.00 £9,699.00
PgC Programme 16 monthly payments - Total cost £1,649.00 £591.00 x 16 £11,105.00
GPCert Programme 16 monthly payments - Total cost £1,649.00 £441.00 x 16 £8,705.00
Payment Option Initial Payment Remaining Balance Total Payable
GPCert Programme £9,118.80 - £9,118.80
PgC Programme £11,638.80 - £11,638.80
GPCert Programme deposit and remaining balance £1,978.80 £7,140.00 £9,118.80
PgC Programme deposit and remaining balance £1,978.80 £9,660.00 £11,638.80
PgC Programme 16 monthly payments - Total cost £1,978.80 £709.20 x 16 £13,326.00
GPCert Programme 16 monthly payments - Total cost £1,978.80 £529.20 x 16 £10,446.00
Up to one month before the start date
Feline Practice
Payment Option Initial Payment Remaining Balance Total Payable
GPCert Programme £7,349.00 - £7,349.00
PgC Programme £9,449.00 - £9,449.00
GPCert Programme deposit and remaining balance £1,399.00 £5,950.00 £7,349.00
PgC Programme deposit and remaining balance £1,399.00 £8,050.00 £9,449.00
PgC Programme 16 monthly payments - Total cost £1,399.00 £591.00 x 16 £10,855.00
Payment Option Initial Payment Remaining Balance Total Payable
GPCert Programme £8,818.80 - £8,818.80
PgC Programme £11,338.80 - £11,338.80
GPCert Programme deposit and remaining balance £1,678.80 £7,140.00 £8,818.80
PgC Programme deposit and remaining balance £1,678.80 £9,660.00 £11,338.80
PgC Programme 16 monthly payments - Total cost £1,678.80 £709.20 x 16 £13,026.00
Fees include initial ISVPS examination fees.

Payment Terms & Conditions

1. Payments can be made by BACS, credit card or Direct Debit.

2. Direct Debit plans are administered and collected on our behalf by GoCardless Limited.

3. In certain circumstances, multiple booking and corporate discounts are available, please contact us on 01793 759159 for further information.

4. In order to confirm your place, we must receive payment in full or the relevant initial payment.

5. In addition, if paying by Direct Debit, we must receive the completed mandate prior to course commencement.

6. Please also see our full terms and conditions on our website – Terms and Conditions.

We will charge VAT by default if you are part of an EU country outside of the UK. However, if you can supply a valid intra-community VAT number the invoice will be exempt from VAT.

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. Confirmation and enrolment details will then be sent to applicants once we have received a completed application form.

Venue: Online
Date: February 2023 - July 2024

PgC/GPCert in Feline Practice

February 2023 - July 2024
Online
16 Modules
16 Online sessions
PgC/GPCert in Feline Practice
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available

ACCREDITED BY:

ISVPS

Frequently Asked Questions

Vet Online Learning

Who can enrol on the Online Learning programmes?
What does the GPCert consist of?
What does the PgC consist of?
Is the PgC programme recognised by other countries?
Can I do the GPCert and the PgC at the same time?
How can I track my progress in the programme?
Does the Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) programme differ from the GPCert?
Do I have to access the programme via a specific browser?
Which modules do I choose for the PgC and when do I have to choose them?
Is the General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) all online?
How do I submit my case report for the GPCert?
How do I register for the GPCert and/or the PgC?
What do the case logs for the case diary consist of?
Can I defer a module?
If coming from a non-European country – how would face-to-face module attendance work for the PgC?

Venue: Online
Date: February 2023 - July 2024

PgC/GPCert in Feline Practice

February 2023 - July 2024
Online
16 Modules
16 Online sessions
PgC/GPCert in Feline Practice
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available

ACCREDITED BY:

ISVPS