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Oncology

ISVPS General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert)

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April 2023 - May 2024

Go online to broaden your perspectives on veterinary oncology

Oncology has become one of the fastest-growing fields in small animal practice. As a result of the increase in oncology patients and available treatments, veterinary professionals are becoming more open-minded when treating pets with cancer. Our NEW General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) Postgraduate Programme in Oncology aims to guide you through the latest knowledge in state-of-the-art, compassionate cancer care for animals by helping you provide safe and comprehensive diagnostics and treatments.

Progress your skills in a comprehensive and logical manner

All the content in this new online learning programme is logically designed to approach the main concepts of oncological disease, starting with a deep understanding of the biology of cancer. The latest information on diagnosis, staging and therapy will be discussed, and the consolidation of that knowledge will come in the interactive case management sessions. Topics addressed cover:

  • Diagnostic Imaging techniques
  • Cytology and laboratory diagnosis
  • Common types of cancer in small animals
  • Treatment options, such as surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy

The content is built around 12 online modules spread over 14 months. Each session comprises a total of nine lessons, two case studies, course notes and weekly summary videos.

Boost your confidence and achieve a recognised qualification

This new online learning CPD programme is a ground-breaking course led by renowned specialists to help you develop a clinical, evidence-based approach to achieve the best outcome for your patients. Rather than following generic protocols, this programme will help you address each case individually and feel confident in the investigation and treatment of cancer in small animals.

Set yourself for success with the support of the leading CPD provider – learn how to maintain an excellent quality of life for each pet you treat and achieve a recognised qualification the General Practitioner Certificate awarded by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS).

Key features of this programme:

12 varied modules

Covering key clinical subjects in veterinary oncology delivered over 14 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 

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

Owen Davies MA VetMB MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine) MVETMED DipACVIM oversees the programme ensuring the latest content

Know-How

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. Cancer biology
  2. Diagnostic imaging of the oncology patient
  3. Cytology and laboratory diagnosis of the oncology patient
  4. Treatment of cancer: surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy
  5. Lymphoma, leukaemia, myeloma
  6. Mast cell tumours
  7. Other skin tumours and soft tissue sarcomas
  8. Urogenital tumours and mammary tumours
  9. Skeletal and respiratory tumours
  10. Oral and gastrointestinal tumours
  11. Splenic tumours, haemangiosarcoma and histiocytic sarcoma
  12. Endocrine, neurological and ocular tumours

Please note the module order may be subject to change

Qualifications

The Oncology Online Postgraduate Certificate 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.

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

Venue: Online
Date: April 2023 - May 2024

GPCert in Oncology

April 2023 - May 2024
Online
12 Modules
12 Online sessions
GPCert in Oncology
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available

ACCREDITED BY:

ISVPS
01 - Cancer biology
E-learning | April 2023
Online
  • Define the hallmarks of cancer  

  • Explain how genetic and epigenetic changes contribute to a cancer 

  • Explain how environmental effects can contribute to a cancer 

  • Describe specific examples of cancers in veterinary patients caused by chronic inflammation and viral infection 

  • Compare and contrast the differences between the vasculature, immune surveillance and cellular energetics between tumour tissue and benign tissue 

  •  List the steps in the metastatic process   

  • Describe the pathophysiology behind common paraneoplastic diseases 

  • Describe common histopathological parameters involved in the grading of malignancies and give examples of grading systems for common cancers 

  • Compare and contrast staging methods for round cell tumours, carcinomas and sarcomas 

  • Give examples of different types of pain associated with cancer and give examples of how different types of pain can be managed pharmacologically 

  • Define cancer cachexia and outline treatments to ameliorate it 

Tutor:
Ana Lara (DVM, MSc, FHEA, PhD, MRCVS DipACVIM & ECVIM-CA (Oncology), RCVS and European Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Oncology)
02 - Diagnostic imaging of the oncology patient
E-learning | May 2023
Online
  • Describe how to take high quality radiographs of the thorax, limbs and oral cavity in the diagnosis and staging of cancer 

  • Explain the benefits given by computed tomography over conventional radiography in the diagnosis and staging of cancer 

  • Describe what sentinel lymph node mapping is, and why it is beneficial 

  • Compare and contrast the use abdominal ultrasonography to abdominal computed tomography in the staging of cancer 

  • Compare and contrast the needs of staging solid tumours from round cell tumours   

  • Compare and contrast different techniques for identifying cancer infiltration in liver and spleen 

  • Give examples of risks or complications from the use of image-guided fine needle aspiration or biopsy 

  • Describe optimal combinations of imaging modalities for the staging of different cancers 

  • Describe the basics of interpreting MR images in the diagnosis of CNS neoplasia  

  • Outline the benefit of techniques for example PET-CT over conventional contrast CT scanning   

Tutor:
03 - Cytology and laboratory diagnosis of the oncology patient
E-learning | June 2023
Online
  • Explain how to identify whether a cytology sample is of adequate diagnostic quality 

  • Describe cellular features of malignancy in the context of the cells in question 

  • Be able to identify the cytological appearance of common benign and malignant skin tumours 

  • Be able to identify mast cell tumours cytologically and comment on their degree of cellular differentiation 

  • Explain the criteria for classifying a lymph node cytology smear as “lymphoma” versus “reactive hyperplasia”  

  • Describe the use of different fine needle aspiration techniques to obtain diagnostic samples from different tumours 

  • Explain the criteria used for the cytological diagnosis of a sarcoma and comment on features which may differentiate the type of sarcoma 

  • Explain the cytological features of common carcinomas 

  • Explain how flow cytometry works and why it is of value in the diagnosis of lymphoid malignancies 

  • Describe examples of different PCR-based tests available for diagnosis of canine cancers and comment on the limitations of these tests 

04 - Treatment of cancer: surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy
E-learning | July 2023
Online
  • Outline the limitations and complications possible with surgical or needle-core biopsy of solid tumours 

  • Describe, compare and contrast different methods for assessing completeness of excision 

  • Explain the difference between palliative and definitive radiation therapy, and give examples of cancers appropriate for each 

  • Explain the 4 Rs of radiation therapy  

  • Explain the difference between acute and delayed adverse effects of radiation therapy 

  • Describe the principles and limitations of maximum tolerated dose chemotherapy 

  • Describe the principles and limitations of metronomic chemotherapy 

  • Describe the principles and limitations of small molecule inhibition 

  • Give examples of the use of immunotherapy in veterinary oncology and the challenges it faces 

  • Discuss pertinent considerations in counselling of a client whose pet is being considered for chemotherapy treatment 

Tutor:
05 - Lymphoma, leukaemia, myeloma
E-learning | September 2023
Online
  • Compare and contrast the presentation of lymphoma in cats and dogs 

  • Describe the means of diagnosis of lymphoma 

  • Compare and contrast the utility of diagnostic tests to confirm or subtype lymphoma between dogs and cats 

  • Explain the value of the information gained from staging a case of lymphoma 

  • Describe important prognostic factors for canine and feline lymphoma 

  • Describe appropriate treatments and prognoses for different types of canine lymphoma 

  •  Describe appropriate treatment for different presentations of feline lymphoma 

  • Discuss the evidence base for the treatment of canine indolent lymphomas 

  • Describe prognostic factors and treatment for chronic and acute lymphoid leukaemias in dogs and cats 

  • Describe the presentation, diagnosis, and treatment for multiple myeloma in dogs and cats 

Tutor:
06 - Mast cell tumours
E-learning | October 2023
Online
  • List important prognostic factors for canine mast cell tumours, from history, physical examination and histopathology 

  • Discuss the relative independence of one prognostic factor versus another, and outline the strongest indicators of prognosis 

  • Explain how to use immunohistochemical labelling appropriately 

  • Describe practical methods of staging mast cell tumours depending on their location on the body 

  • Describe appropriate use of surgical treatment for a mast cell tumour 

  • Describe options for treatment of an incomplete surgical excision 

  • Explain when to use chemotherapy for mast cell tumours 

  • Explain when to use tyrosine kinase inhibitors for mast cell tumours 

  • Describe appropriate circumstances for the use of intralesional tigilanol tiglate. 

  • Explain prognostic factors and outline treatment for feline cutaneous, intestinal and visceral mast cell tumours 

Tutor:
07 - Other skin tumours and soft tissue sarcomas
E-learning | November 2023
Online
  • Explain a pragmatic approach to the investigation and treatment of cutaneous and subcutaneous masses in dogs 

  • Describe the prognostic factors for soft tissue sarcomas 

  • Describe the surgical approach to canine soft tissue sarcomas  
  • List the options for treatment of soft tissue sarcomas where excision with appropriate margins is not possible 

  • List the options for treatment of soft tissue sarcomas where surgical excision is incomplete 

  • Describe appropriate chemotherapy treatments for metastatic or high-grade soft tissue sarcomas 

  • Describe the causal factors and clinical presentation of feline injection site sarcomas 

  • Explain how and when to investigate a cutaneous / subcutaneous mass on a cat 

  • Describe appropriate treatment of a feline injection site sarcoma 

  • Describe appropriate means of minimizing the risk of feline injection site sarcomas  

Tutor:
08 - Urogenital tumours and mammary tumours
E-learning | January 2024
Online
  • Describe important risk factors for the developing of a canine transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) 

  • Describe means of diagnosis of a canine TCC (and the associated limitations) 

  • Describe the behaviour and prognosis for canine TCCs 

  • Describe appropriate treatments for canine TCCs 

  • Explain the differences between canine and feline TCCs 

  • Explain important causal factors in the development of a canine prostate tumour   

  • Outline the biology, treatment and prognosis of the transmissible venereal tumour 

  • Describe the prognostic factors for canine mammary tumours and outline the strongest prognostic factors 

  • Describe the prognosis for feline mammary tumours and outline the strongest prognostic factors 

  • Explain the evidence base for the medical treatment of canine and feline mammary tumours   

Tutor:
Juan Borrego (DVM, Dipl ACVIM (Oncology))
09 - Skeletal and respiratory tumours
E-learning | February 2024
Online
  • Describe the radiographic features of aggressive bone lesions in dogs and cats 

  • Describe safe and pragmatic techniques of investigating aggressive bone lesions in dogs and cats 

  • Describe the prognostic factors, staging and treatment of canine osteosarcoma 

  • Compare and contrast the difference in behaviour and treatment between canine osteosarcoma, histiocytic sarcoma and other sarcomas of bone. 

  • Compare and contrast the radiographic features, behaviour, treatment and prognosis between canine and feline osteosarcoma 

  • Describe the key differential diagnoses and prognostic factors for canine and feline sinonasal tumours. 

  • List appropriate steps in the investigation and treatment of sinonasal tumours 

  • Describe prognostic factors and differential diagnoses for pulmonary tumours 

  • Describe appropriate management of canine and feline pulmonary tumours 

  • Outline the behaviour, prognosis and treatment of thymomas in cats and dogs 

Tutor:
10 - Oral and gastrointestinal tumours
E-learning | March 2024
Online
  • Outline the important differential diagnoses for oral tumours in dogs and in cats 

  • Describe an appropriate and pragmatic investigation for an oral mass 

  • Describe treatment options and treatment options for common oral tumours in dogs and cats 

  • Outline the important differential diagnoses for gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary tumours in dogs and in cats 

  • Describe an appropriate and pragmatic investigation for a gastrointestinal or hepatobiliary tumour 

  • Describe treatment options and treatment options for common gastrointestinal or hepatobiliary tumours in dogs and cats 

  • Describe the epidemiology, clinical presentation and investigation of anal gland and perianal tumours in dogs 

  • List important prognostic factors for anal gland tumours in dogs 

  • Describe treatment options for both advanced and early anal gland tumours in dogs 

Tutor:
11 - Splenic tumours, haemangiosarcoma and histiocytic sarcoma
E-learning | April 2024
Online
  • Explain methods of predicting the diagnosis of a splenic mass based on signalment and clinical presentation, and the accuracy of these techniques 

  • Describe pragmatic approach to spontaneous haemoabdomen in dogs   

  • Outline the differential diagnoses and prognosis for spontaneous haemoabdomen in cats 

  • Explain the pathology of haemangiosarcoma, in relation to its behaviour and paraneoplastic disease 

  • Describe prognostic factors for canine haemangiosarcoma 

  • Describe appropriate treatments for canine haemangiosarcoma, with and without gross disease 

  • Describe the biology, pathophysiology, epidemiology and prognostic factors for canine  

  • Describe appropriate treatments for different presentation of histiocytic sarcoma 

  • Outline the management of less-common splenic malignancies 

 

Tutor:
Owen Davies (MA VetMB MVetMed MANZCVS(SAM) DACVIM(Oncology) MRCVS RCVS & American Specialist in Veterinary Oncology)
12 - Endocrine, neurological and ocular tumours
E-learning | May 2024
Online
  • Describe the pathophysiology of common tumour-related endocrinopathies of the adrenal, pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid glands and beta cells of the pancreas 

  • Choose appropriate diagnostic tests for the diagnosis of the above endocrinopathies  

  • Describe appropriate management of the above endocrinopathies  

  • Outline definitive treatment for the above tumour-related endocrinopathies  

  • Describe the clinical presentation, pathologies, and imaging findings in different neurological tumours 

  • List the challenges in the diagnosis of neurological tumours 

  • Describe the treatment options for neurological tumours and the factors which influence response to treatment 

  • Outline important benign and malignant ocular tumours 

  • Describe treatment options and prognosis for ocular tumours 

Tutor:

Venue: Online
Date: April 2023 - May 2024

GPCert in Oncology

April 2023 - May 2024
Online
12 Modules
12 Online sessions
GPCert in Oncology
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available

ACCREDITED BY:

ISVPS
  • Early bird prices
  • Regular prices
Up to one month before the start date
Oncology
Payment Option Initial Payment Remaining Balance Total Payable
GPCert Programme £7,039.00 - £7,039.00
GPCert Programme deposit and remaining balance £1,399.00 £5,640.00 £7,039.00
GPCert Programme 12 monthly payments - Total cost £1,399.00 £558.00 x 12 £8,095.00
Payment Option Initial Payment Remaining Balance Total Payable
GPCert Programme £8,446.80 - £8,446.80
GPCert Programme deposit and remaining balance £1,678.80 £6,768.00 £8,446.80
GPCert Programme 12 monthly payments - Total cost £1,678.80 £669.60 x 12 £9,714.00
Less than a month before the start date
Oncology
Payment Option Initial Payment Remaining Balance Total Payable
GPCert Programme £7,289.00 - £7,289.00
GPCert Programme deposit and remaining balance £1,649.00 £5,640.00 £7,289.00
GPCert Programme 12 monthly payments - Total cost £1,649.00 £558.00 x 12 £8,345.00
Payment Option Initial Payment Remaining Balance Total Payable
GPCert Programme £8,746.80 - £8,746.80
GPCert Programme deposit and remaining balance £1,978.80 £6,768.00 £8,746.80
GPCert Programme 12 monthly payments - Total cost £1,978.80 £669.60 x 12 £10,014.00
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: April 2023 - May 2024

GPCert in Oncology

April 2023 - May 2024
Online
12 Modules
12 Online sessions
GPCert in Oncology
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available

ACCREDITED BY:

ISVPS

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Venue: Online
Date: April 2023 - May 2024

GPCert in Oncology

April 2023 - May 2024
Online
12 Modules
12 Online sessions
GPCert in Oncology
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available

ACCREDITED BY:

ISVPS