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Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) in

Feline Practice

Two year clinical programme

Clinical Pathology & Laboratory Diagnosis

  • Have 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) techniques and 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
TBC Swindon - Alexandra House TBC

Critical Care and Emergency Case Management

  • Perform triage, assess patients, prioritise cases and undertake emergency monitoring and stabilisation
  • Be familiar with critical therapeutics including fluid and electrolyte therapy, transfusion medicine cardiovascular and respiratory support, analgesia and CPR
  • Understand the effects, clinical signs and treatment for common toxicities including insecticides, molluscicides, rodenticides, herbicides household preparations and plants
TBC Swindon - Alexandra House TBC

The Urinary Tract

  • 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)
  • Understand 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 iFLUTD, urolithiasis, urinary tract infections and neoplasia and understand their differentiation, risk factors, treatment and dietary management
TBC Swindon - Alexandra House TBC


  • Formulate a differential diagnosis and 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 the dermatological manifestations of systemic disease
TBC Swindon - Alexandra House TBC


  • Recognise the importance of a detailed history and clinical examination of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems in the diagnosis of cardiopulmonary diseases
  • Understand the common causes of heart disease in cats
  • Understand 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
  • Recognise the crucial role of high quality imaging modalities (especially ultrasonography and radiology) in the differential diagnosis of feline cardiopulmonary diseases
TBC Swindon - Alexandra House TBC

Respiratory Medicine

  • 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
TBC Swindon - Alexandra House TBC

The Liver, Pancreas and Gastrointestinal Tract

  • 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
25 May 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Tim Gruffydd-Jones


  • Define the clinical signs of feline endocrine diseases and understand
    their pathogenesis – including hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, acromegaly, hyperaldosteronism and hyperadrenocorticism
  • Understand 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 hyperosmolar syndrome
26 May 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Lucy Davison

Infectious Diseases I

  • Understand 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
06 Jul 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Kerry Simpson

Infectious Diseases II

  • Explain the diseases of hunting cats including Toxoplamosis, 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
07 Jul 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Kerry Simpson

Musculoskeletal Disease

  • 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
  • Describe the common myopathies including their presentation, diagnosis and treatment
  • Apply first aid techniques to fracture patients
  • Explain the principles of orthopaedic surgery and the approach to the repair of common fractures
14 Sep 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House James Grierson

Feline Behaviour

  • Understand normal cat behaviour and the clinical causes of feline behavioural problems
  • Formulate an approach to common problems such as inappropriate toiletting, spraying, aggression and compulsive disorders
  • Understand and apply strategies for improving core territory security
  • Have a good knowledge of the principal behavioural modifying drugs, their use and potential side effects
13 Sep 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Sarah Heath (BVSc DipECAWBM(BM) CCAB MRCVS)


  • 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
  • Understand how to perform common surgical procedures pertinent to feline ophthalmology
  • Approach the medical management of ophthalmic patients and know when to refer
25 Oct 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Kerry Smith

Anaesthesia and Surgical Principles

  • Understand a range of parenteral and inhalational anaesthetic regimes including the pharmacokinetics of different anaesthetics and monitoring techniques available
  • 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
26 Oct 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Guillaume Chanoit

Feline Neurology

  • Understand the clinical signs associated with neurological disease
  • Perform a neurological assessment and understand what the tests evaluate and their interpretation
  • Understand how to localise lesions and the value this provides to the clinician
  • Plan a neurological investigation and understand the major feline neurological diseases on the basis of localisation
  • Approach abnormalities including seizures, spinal cord and cranial nerve abnormalities and peripheral neurological diseases
27 Nov 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Laurent Garosi

Oncology, Lymphatic and Haematopoietic Disease

  • 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
  • Understand the importance of biopsy and staging in therapy decision making, counselling and support
  • Explain the function of bone marrow and the differential diagnosis of anaemia, haematopoietic disease and coagulopathies
28 Nov 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House James Elliott
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