Vets Course


ISVPS General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert)

HAU Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)

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May 2023 - October 2024

Explore the latest dermatologic developments from a new (online) perspective

Skin disorders are fairly common clinical presentations in small animal practices – but that doesn’t mean their diagnosis and treatment are always easy to figure out. Improve International invites you to embark on an immersive and interactive learning experience – the NEW Postgraduate Certificate Programme in Dermatology. Through online lectures and different case discussions, you will learn how to confidently approach the dog, cat and exotic patient presenting with the various manifestations of skin disease in a logical and scientific manner.

Ready to expand your clinical problem-solving skills?

This new 100% online CPD programme comprises 14 modules with all the current information in veterinary dermatology. You will have a chance to revisit basic topics, such as the anatomy and physiology of the skin, and to develop your knowledge in common conditions as pruritus, pigmentation, alopecia and ulceration. You will also be provided with the latest knowledge in more unusual disorders like immune-mediated skin disease, neoplasia, and infectious conditions.

Each module of the course will spread over a month, giving you plenty of time to study and explore our innovative learning resources (such as videos from the tutors, real-world clinical cases, notes and quizzes).

Benefit from a rich learning experience provided by online learning specialists

The Dermatology Postgraduate Certificate Programme is a high-quality online course that enables you to improve your skills without leaving the comfort of your own home or practice. The programme content is overseen by Peri Lau Gillard DVM Cert VD DipECVD MRCVS EBVS and built by a team of online learning specialists.

Change your perspective on skin disease, uncover all the latest developments in this area and achieve a recognised qualification awarded by ISVPS and Harper Adams University.

What you'll learn:

14 varied modules

Covering key clinical subjects in small animal dermatology delivered over 2 years 

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 

Leading online learning experience

Presentations, written notes, diagrams, interactive quizzes and exercises test your knowledge as you work 

Discussion forum

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

Recognised Course Director

Peri Lau Gillard DVM Cert VD DipECVD MRCVS EBVS European Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology and RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology oversees the programme ensuring the latest content  


Join the global veterinary online CPD specialists and benefit from our know-how and high-quality resources 

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 Platform 

Regular assessments

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

Dedicated Programme Coordinator

A dedicated Programme Coordinator 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. Anatomy and Physiology of the Skin and Cutaneous Pathological Processes
  2. Clinical History, Examination and Essential Diagnostic Techniques
  3. Laboratory Diagnosis and Clinical Pathology
  4. General Conditions commonly found in Dermatology: Alopecia, Keratinisation and Pigmentary Disorders
  5. Dermatological Manifestations of Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases
  6. Neoplasia
  7. Diseases of the Eyelids, Ears and Pinnae
  8. Allergic Skin Disorders
  9. Auto Immune and Immune Mediated Skin Diseases
  10. Infectious Diseases and Preventative Healthcare
  11. Exotic Animal Dermatology
  12. Nutritional, Genetic, Congenital, Hereditary, Environmental and Miscellaneous Skin Diseases
  13. Wound Management & Surgery
  14. Diseases of the Feet, Nails and Anal Sacs

Please note the module order may be subject to change


The Dermatology Online 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: May 2023 - October 2024

PgC/GPCert in Dermatology

May 2023 - October 2024
14 Modules
14 Online sessions
PgC/GPCert in Dermatology



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


Harper Adams University