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21 Oct 2024 - 13 May 2026

23 Oct 2024 - 27 May 2026

With thousands of veterinary surgeons worldwide choosing to progress their surgery skills with Improve Veterinary Education, the small animal surgery programme will help you return your investment immediately! 

The Small Animal Surgery Postgraduate Certificate CPD Programme has been developed by a global team of surgical specialists. It covers soft tissue surgery and orthopaedic/spinal surgery over the two-year programme. Invest in your professional growth and see how you can gain the following benefits: 

  • Develop Expertise: Gain proficiency in key clinical procedures, including soft tissue, orthopaedic, and spinal surgery. Reduce the need for external referrals, and increase practice revenues and job satisfaction. 

  • Practical Training: Refine your surgical techniques in our state-of-the-art wet lab facilities. Experience hands-on learning in small groups, using the latest equipment and fully equipped surgical theatres. Boost your confidence in a safe environment. 

  • Online Learning Platform: Access our purpose-built online platform, offering module notes, case discussions, live webinars, and supplementary materials such as articles, videos, and presentations. Enjoy a comprehensive learning programme. 

Our extensive experience has enabled us to understand the specific needs of veterinary surgeons and tailor this programme accordingly. By investing in Improve Veterinary Education, you can expect a high return on your investment as you acquire new surgical skills and enhance your professional capabilities.  

Elevate your skills and achieve a Postgraduate Certificate

New for 2023 - 10 practical training days in state-of-the-art wet-labs. Leading speakers delivering the latest content. High-quality learning resources and support.

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Key features of this programme

CPD hours



13 theoretical modules and 10 practical modules. Two additional days of practical training have been added for 2023; all delivered monthly to minimise time away from practice 

Expert speakers

Leading experts in a variety of surgical topics delivering the latest content and guiding you throughout the programme 

Latest clinical training environments

Convenient and state-of-art training and practical facilities, which contain the latest equipment: 

  • Swindon 
  • Sheffield 
A variety of delivery options

This programme is delivered in a variety of formats allowing you to tailor to your preferred learning style; face to face, blended (a combination of online and face to face) or consolidated (a 5-month intensive programme)

Assessments and exams

All assessments and exam fees are included

Reflective learning

In addition to the taught modules, you will receive pre- and post-module questions to help you reflect and track your learning. This approach to reflective learning will assist you throughout your career as a veterinary surgeon

Programme support

Dedicated support will ensure you have all the right tools and information to support you from the start of your programme to the moment you receive your qualification


You can join after the start date, please contact us for further information

World-leading online learning resources
  • A copy of the Improve International Manual of Small Animal Surgery, Volumes 1: Soft Tissue and 2: Orthopaedics, edited by Dr Hannes Bergmann DrMedVet DipECVS MRCVS 
  • Access to Improve’s extensive online Small Animal Surgery video library with over 100 surgery-related topics 
  • Online forum for peer discussion  
  • Module notes, reading lists and papers 
  • Access to Harper Adams Library once registered for the PgC 
Added extras!

To supplement your learning:

25% discount off a short practical course of your choice plus  

Learn together, 3 months complimentary access for a nurse in your practice to receive module 1 of the Improve Veterinary Education Online Surgical Nursing Certificate: ‘Surgery Principles- The Clinic ‘. Worth £319 

Programme Details

Module Summary


PgC/GPCert in Small Animal Surgery

23 Modules
10 Practical sessions
Price From £13,999.00 + VAT
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This course is accredited by ISVPS and allows you to achieve a General Practitioner Certificate

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