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PgC Small Animal Surgery

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Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Veterinary Medicine

Course type


Course Summary

The two year modular programme is delivered over 22 sessions. Year one modules will focus on soft tissue surgery- the eight taught modules will cover a range of subjects including gastro-intestinal surgery, urinary and reproductive surgery and ear and upper airway surgery.

These modules will be complemented by four full day practical sessions.

Year two modules cover orthopaedics and spinal surgery delivered via six taught modules and four full day practical sessions covering joint and fracture repair, bone grafting, external skeletal fixation and spinal surgery.

The programme has been designed to enable you to:

  • Develop new enthusiasm and confidence in your surgical capabilities
  • Provide an enhanced service to your clients and patients.
  • Generate increased revenue in your practice.
  • Meet like-minded colleagues and develop lifelong friendships.
  • Meet and learn from world-class teachers.
  • Gain both a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) and a GPCert (SAS) qualification in two years.

Our Small Animal Surgery PgC programme has been designed to be spread over two years culminating in a Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) exam at the end, ensuring you are well-positioned to pass and no viva exams. Our programme has recently been updated to give even more practical experience in orthopaedics and more relevance to the general practitioner. This programme divides into a soft-tissue component in year one and an orthopaedic/spinal component in year two.

By attending the full structured taught programme and following successful assessment you can gain the General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) awarded by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS) and the Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) from Harper Adams University (HAU).


Key Learning Objectives: Revise asepsis, sterilisation and appropriate antibiosis for surgical cases; Expand your knowledge of instrumentation and instrument handling; Become more familiar with the uses of suture, needles, staples and clips; Understand the principles of wound healing and how this applies to your clinical cases; Re-visit the principles of wound management and get up-to-date with what is available now.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (overall cost)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

Hold a veterinary qualification. Have spent a minimum of one year in veterinary practice. UK-based applicants must also be on the RCVS Home Practising Register. Additionally, UK-based veterinary surgeons who qualified from 2007 onwards must have completed the RCVS Professional Development Phase (PDP) before they can enrol.

University information

Harper Adams University has been providing world-leading, specialist education in the fields of agriculture, farming, and animal science for 120 years. It is now the UK’s market leader, by share of volume of students, for postgraduate degrees in agricultural and veterinary subjects (HESA, 2018). The university offers master’s programmes developed in conjunction with industry, across a range of topics related to agricultural production,...more