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Small Animal Surgery Consolidated Learning PgC

Small Animal Surgery Consolidated Learning PgC

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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

Apply new knowledge and skills in just five months with our Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) Consolidated Learning programme

Our Small Animal Surgery PgC Consolidated Learning programme allows you to gain access to the content of our two year Small Animal Surgery PgC programme usually spread over two years in just five months.

This programme will give you all of the lecture-based teaching and practical skills in a condensed period giving you the opportunity to take your new knowledge and skills back to practice even more quickly. Working in conjunction with our partners – ISVPS and Harper Adams University, we ensure the highest academic standards across all our PgC programmes, with a route to progress to the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status.

Our Surgery programme has recently been updated to give even more practical experience in orthopaedics and more relevancy to the general practitioner. The programme comprises fourteen taught modules and EIGHT practical modules in our wet-lab facilities where you get the chance to practise surgical procedures in a true clinical setting. The programme culminates in a Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) exam at the end, ensuring you are well positioned to pass and no viva exams.

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).

  • The Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) represents Masters Level 7 within the Quality Assurance Agency’s framework for higher and further education. It provides 60 transferable academic credits towards the 180 required for a Masters degree in the UK or 30 ECTS credits (Europe)
  • On successful attainment you will also be awarded the GPCert(SAS) and a personalised certificate and your name will be included in the ISVPS register of General Practitioner Certificate holders
  • RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status
  • After completing your Postgraduate Certificate you can apply for the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status. This is subject to meeting all of the other entry requirements set out by the RCVS in the Applicant Guidance Notes. You will also need to provide evidence of Key Professional Skills knowledge to the RCVS when applying for the Advanced Practitioner Status


Key Learning Objectives: Develop your skills in managing renal surgery; Extend your knowledge of obstructive diseases of the urinary tract from ureters to urethra to enhance your day-to-day management of urolithiasis; Improve your awareness of the myriad of surgical options for urinary incontinence that are available now including colposuspension, TVT and urethral occluders; Advance your familiarity of surgery of the male reproductive system - from prostatic omentalisation to penile and preputial procedures; Extend the range of procedures you can offer for the female reproductive system beyond ovariectomy and ovariohysterectomy.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

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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

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