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Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) in

Dermatology

Two year clinical programme

Anatomy and physiology of the skin and cutaneous pathological processes

  • Compare gross and histological anatomy of the skin of companion animals
  • Have an understanding of the function and physiology of skin of companion animals
  • Understand the pathological processes occurring in skin disease
  • Have an understanding of how pathological processes relate to clinical signs and the diagnosis of disease
  • Understand hypersensitivity reactions types I, II, III, IV in the skin and examples of specific skin diseases involving these processes
  • Understand the skin response to insults including physical, chemical and microbiological
  • Understand the pathogenesis of skin neoplasia
WhenWhereSpeaker
TBC Swindon - Alexandra House TBC

Clinical examination and history: essential diagnostic techniques

• Understand clinical history taking and its interpretation in the diagnosis of skin disease.
• Perform a general clinical examination
• Perform a detailed examination of the skin
• Have an ability to accurately describe skin lesions
• Understand the key diagnostic tests and their use
• Understand the diagnosis and management of common skin diseases
• Understand the complications encountered during therapy, their prevention and management
• Know the principles of the collection of samples from the skin relating to skin diseases and interpretation
• Know how to collect samples for microbiology – skin scrapings, hairs, acetate strips and impression smears
• Understand the use of intradermal skin testing and serology in the diagnosis of allergy
• Understand the use of clinical chemistry in the diagnosis of skin disease
• Know the basic cytology of samples collected from the skin including masses and discharging sinuses
• Understand skin and skin mass biopsy

WhenWhereSpeaker
TBC Swindon - Alexandra House TBC

Laboratory diagnosis and clinical pathology

• Understand skin scrapings, hair examination, acetate strip examination, and impression smears
• Understand sampling techniques (including biopsies), sample processing, storage and recording
• Understand the basic cytology of samples collected from the skin including masses and discharging sinuses
• Interpret the clinical laboratory medicine information in relation to skin disease, including: haematology, biochemistry and endocrine tests, fluid and electrolyte disorders and cytology
• Know the diagnostic tests for infectious diseases – techniques and interpretation (including viral, bacterial and parasitic diseases)
• Have an understanding of the principles of the use of pattern analysis by histopathologists in dermatohistopathology as it relates to disease pathogenesis and diagnosis
• Interpret histopathology reports

This module includes a practical component in the laboratory preparing and interpreting slides

WhenWhereSpeaker
15 Jun 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Mary Fraser

General conditions commonly found in dermatology – alopecia, keratinization disorders and pigment changes

• Describe the pathogenesis of alopecia
• Appreciate the clinical features of alopecia
• Understand the differential diagnosis of alopecia and have knowledge of specific conditions
• Outline how to investigate alopecia using a problem solving approach
• Discuss the management and treatment of alopecia
• Describe the pathogenesis of keratinisation disorders/scaling
• Recall the clinical features of these disorders
• Understand the differential diagnosis of these disorders and have knowledge of specific conditions
• Outline how to investigate scaling diseases using a problem solving approach
• Be familiar with the treatment options
• Understand the pathogenesis and clinical features of pigment changes
• Understand the differential diagnosis including specific conditions
• Investigate pigment changes using a problem solving approach
• Be aware of treatment options

WhenWhereSpeaker
16 Jun 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Mary Fraser

Infectious diseases and preventative healthcare

• Know the clinical pathology of the major bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic diseases affecting the skin of companion animals in the UK and Europe

• Have an awareness of diseases that may be imported by pets travelling from abroad

• Understand zoonosis and it’s health and safety concerns and precautions

WhenWhereSpeaker
13 Jul 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House David Shearer

Allergic skin disease

  • Have an understanding of the immune system and immune response by the skin
  • Understand flea and parasite allergies, atopic dermatitis, food and other hypersensitivities
  • Understand the underlying pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnostics and treatment options
  • Understand the use of combination therapy in atopic dermatitis
WhenWhereSpeaker
14 Jul 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House David Shearer

Diseases of the feet, nails, anal sacs and ears

• Understand the pathogenesis and clinical features of diseases affecting the feet, nails, anal sacs and ears
• Be able to approach the investigation of pedal, nail, anal sac and aural disease
• Formulate differential diagnoses and have knowledge of specific conditions
• Appreciate treatment options

WhenWhereSpeaker
21 Sep 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House David Shearer

Neoplasia

• Appreciate the biology of tumours
• Recognise common neoplastic presentations – localised, diffuse and systemic
• Have an understanding of the following types of neoplasia: neoplasia of skin structures – benign, malignant, mast cell tumours, lymphoma, squamous cell carcinoma, mammary tumours
• Know the neoplasia of other structures with involvement of the skin eg. Cushing’s and hepatocutaneous syndrome
• Recognise paraneoplastic syndromes
• Formulate an approach to the diagnosis and staging of disease
• Appreciate those conditions that could be confused with neoplasia eg. Autoimmune diseases
• Understand the treatment options available medication / chemotherapy and the prognosis for different neoplasms

WhenWhereSpeaker
22 Sep 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House David Shearer

Exotic animal dermatology

• Understand the pathogenesis and clinical features of the cutaneous manifestations of internal disease excluding endocrine disorders
• Appreciate the differential diagnosis of these conditions and the approach to their investigation and treatment
• Have an understanding of congenital hereditary disorders
• Understand the effect of deficiency or excess of vitamins or minerals in skin disease

WhenWhereSpeaker
25 Oct 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Simon Girling

Nutritional, metabolic, paraneoplastic, congential and hereditary skin disease and miscellaneous skin diseases

• Understand the normal epithelial anatomy of exotic species
• Recognise the importance of husbandry – housing, environment, nutrition on the dermatological health of these species
• Appreciate ecdysis/dysecdysis in reptiles
• Be familiar with the common conditions seen in small mammals, reptiles and birds and the pathogenesis, clinical features, differential diagnosis, investigation and treatment of them

WhenWhereSpeaker
26 Oct 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House David Shearer

Autoimmune skin disease

• Have an understanding of the immune system
• Be familiar with the underlying pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnostics and treatment options of autoimmune diseases including pemphigus complex pemphigoid SLE/DLE adverse drug reactions

WhenWhereSpeaker
07 Dec 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Peter Forsythe

Dermatological manifestations of endocrine disease

• Have an understanding of the physiology of the endocrine system
• Appreciate the underlying pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnostics and treatment options of the more common endocrine diseases
• Recognise iatrogenic endocrine disease

WhenWhereSpeaker
08 Dec 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Peter Forsythe

The pharmacy & therapeutics

• Have a working understanding of the following regulations: Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2013, Medicines Act 1968, Medicines Regulations 2012, Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2012, Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002
• Be familiar with storage, dispensing and labelling of medicines
• Have knowledge of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate
• Understand the Prescribing Cascade, off license use, importation of medication and certification
• Have an understanding of the pharmacokinetics, potential interactions and adverse effects of common therapeutic agents (anti-inflammatories, anti-microbials and anti-parasitics) used in the management of skin disease
• Have knowledge of the use of topical, enteral and parenteral medications
• Appreciate the importance of owner compliance and support for long term skin conditions
• Discuss the role of the veterinary nurse in dermatology consultations

WhenWhereSpeaker
25 Jan 2018 Swindon - Alexandra House Mary Fraser

Wound Management & Surgery

  • Overview of wounds and wound healing (Dressings / topical treatment options)
  • Medical and surgical management of wounds
  • Anal sacs surgery
  • Principles of ear surgery (which techniques and when)
  • Pedal surgery (e.g  podoplasty,  surgery of the digital pads)
WhenWhereSpeaker
26 Jan 2018 Swindon - Alexandra House Guillaume Chanoit
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