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New 'Fast-Track' Postgraduate Certificate Programmes in Medicine and Surgery from Improve

02 July 2015

GLOBAL - Veterinary CPD provider Improve International has launched the first 'Fast-Track' Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) Programmes, designed for veterinary surgeons who wish to take an immersive approach to study and complete the taught components in either its Small Animal Medicine or Small Animal Surgery programmes in just three months.

The new programmes are set to begin in October 2015 with each able to accommodate a maximum of 12 delegates drawn from across Europe. In developing the content programme to suit a three month study period, Improve says it has added a range of features, including a dedicated mentor to support delegates.

The content for both the Small Animal Medicine and Small Animal Surgery Fast-Track PgC programmes is the same as the PgC programmes Improve runs over two years with the difference of the completion of the taught modules in just three months.

The programme then follows the normal PgC programme, with the completion of case reports, case studies and an examination, in order to gain a PgC. The Medicine PgC programme also includes additional practical sessions covering ophthalmology and diagnostic imaging, plus other core practical skills.

Practical training sessions for the Medicine Fast-Track programme will take place at Improve’s Training Centre in Swindon while class room-based sessions will be held at the Farmers' Club on the Embankment in Central London for ease of access.

Delegates undertaking the Surgery programme will also be able to undertake practical sessions at Improve's facility at the John Krebs Field Station, Wytham, near Oxford.

In addition to the tutored sessions, delegates on the Surgery programme will see practice with a subject expert for ten days, with the opportunity of scrubbing in to assist in soft tissue and orthopaedic surgical procedures.

To support delegates interested in the PgC Small Animal Medicine and Small Animal Surgery programmes, Improve has created a new website at

Improve International is one of the UK’s leading veterinary training companies with a 17 year track record in providing structured continuing professional development (CPD) to veterinary professionals. Its PgC programmes are accredited by the European School of Postgraduate Veterinary Studies (ESVPS) and validated by Harper Adams University. Its Medicine and Surgery programmes, together with several of its other PgC programmes, have recently been added to the list of qualifications conferring eligibility for applications for the RCVS Advanced Practitioner status.

Commenting on the new Fast-Track Medicine and Surgery PgC programmes, David Babington MRCVS, Managing Director of Improve, said: "While vets generally take a PgC over a two year period in order to combine it with work commitments, there are circumstances in which it may be preferable to take some blocks of time out and complete the taught lectures in a shorter period of intensive study. Vets can be applying the new techniques in their practice after just three months and can gain a PgC in just one year.

"We wanted to offer this alternative study route to vets and have been working for some time to develop a consolidated three month version of both our Medicine and Surgery PgC training programmes. We're delighted to able to launch these exciting new programmes and look forward to welcoming our first cohort of delegates in October 2015."

Improve International was founded in 1998 by veterinary surgeons from across the UK, including a number of recognised experts. Acquired by Benchmark Holdings Plc in February 2015 and based in Swindon, it provides high quality CPD in a range of formats for veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, receptionists and practice managers to help them to develop their skills and knowledge, using a combination of review lectures, case-based discussion and where, applicable, hands-on practical sessions.

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