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Why Us

What we aim to deliver

We aim to provide the highest quality Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in a format that allows you to develop your skills and knowledge in a logical and progressive fashion, under the supervision of dedicated Course Directors, each of whom has the highest qualifications in their fields.

Working with veterinary professionals

We work with veterinary professionals who seek leading-edge training through a lifelong training partnership. You will be come more productive in practice through the application of learnt techniques.

A few reasons vets choose Improve International

  • World-class – We have world-class speakers, delivering the academic  syllabus whilst ensuring content is relevant to practice
  • Originators – We are the originators of modular CPD for vets, and we are still a company which is run by vets for vets
  • Worldwide – Now operating in 17 countries worldwide
  • Over 1000 – Our Alumni includes 1,000s of vets who have benefited from participating in structured modular programmes
  • Accredited – Postgraduate programmes accredited by the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS) and validated by Harper Adams University (HAU)
  • Experienced – We are proud of our subject mentors who add support throughout our programmes
  • Unsurpassed – Our exam pass rate is  unsurpassed – an achievable qualification and consistently high success rates

About Our PgC programmes

Our Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) programmes allow you to dive deeper into particular subject areas, to truly challenge yourself and to gain the extra knowledge that puts you at the forefront of your field.

Each PgC comprises:

  • Taught sessions with accompanying notes
  • Practical sessions where relevant to the subject
  • Pre and post module online self assessment
  • Preparation for end-of-programme assessment
  • Independent study, including online components
  • Support throughout your learning journey
  • An Advanced Practitioner Module delivered by HAU (Clinical PgC only)

Postgraduate programmes that help you to transform your practice life

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 seven within the Quality Assurance Agency’s framework for higher and further education. It provides 60 transferable academic credits towards the 180 required for a Master’s degree.

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Options

Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) and Masters Degree in Advanced Veterinary Practice Sciences (MSc)

By continuing your learning journey with us, your PgC may also be used to qualify towards a PgD and then a Masters Degree. These qualifications will enable you to deepen your knowledge and further demonstrate your skills, while obtaining academic recognition.

Clinical Options

General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert), Postgraduate Certificate (PgC), RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status and Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) and Advanced Veterinary Practice Sciences (MSc)

Once you have completed your GPCert (40 credits), you can study for another year and gain the PgC Award (60 credits). After completing your Postgraduate Certificate you can apply for the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status, this can then be used to qualify towards a Post Graduate Diploma and then a Master’s Degree. These qualifications will enable you to deepen your knowledge and further demonstrate your skills, while obtaining academic recognition.

How our Small Animal Medicine and Surgery PgC programmes work

At the beginning of the programme you will receive a syllabus and specific learning objectives for all of the taught sessions.

During the programme you will be required to document your current knowledge and skills prior to each module and undertake an informal short multiple choice exercise. After the module you will then undertake a further multiple choice exercise to reflect on knowledge gained and implement a strategy to address any outstanding knowledge and skills gaps via independent study.

You will be required to submit a 2,500 word case report, along with 10 x 500-1,000 word case studies, 15-30 x 100 word peer reviewed case logs and a 500 word reflective essay on either case logs or practical session feedback.

The final written multiple choice examination will take place at the end of year two, or at the end of year one for the Consolidated Learning programmes, covering the course syllabus. Success will lead to the award of a General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) awarded by ESVPS as well as a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) awarded by Harper Adams University.

How our Clinical PgC programmes work

At the beginning of the programme you will receive a syllabus and specific learning objectives for all of the taught sessions.

Prior to each module you will be required to complete an on-line multiple choice questionnaire based on your current knowledge and skills. After the module you will then undertake a further multiple-choice exercise to reflect on knowledge gained and implement a strategy to address any outstanding knowledge and skills gaps via independent study.

You will be required to submit a 2,500 word case report, along with 10 x 500-1,000 word case studies, 15-30 x 100 word peer reviewed case logs and a 500 word reflective essay on either case logs or practical session feedback.

The final written multiple choice examination will take place at the end of year two, or at the end of year one for the Consolidated Learning programmes, covering the course syllabus. Success will lead to the award of a General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) awarded by ESVPS. If you want to work through to a PgC, you would then take the Advanced Practitioner Module through HAU.

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Inclusive learning support

  • All delegates will receive a subscription to Harper Adam’s online e-library providing access to 1,000s of scientific articles and abstracts
  • Medicine delegates will be provided with a ‘Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine’ by Ettinger & Feldman and Surgery delegates with ‘Veterinary Surgery’ by Tobias and Johnston
  • Surgery delegates will also receive a total of five ‘How to’ DVDs by Professor Howard Seim of Colorado University illustrating key surgical procedures
  • The Improve Learning Management System (LMS) provides access to a notes library, discussion forum and other study resources including recorded webinars
  • A dedicated Programme Tutor will support every individual during their PgC programme to ensure a rewarding and successful learning journey

Clinical Inclusive learning support

  • Our learning management system – Moodle provides access to a notes library, discussion forum and other study resources including recorded webinars
  • A dedicated Programme Tutor will support every individual during their PgC programme to ensure a rewarding and successful learning journey
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