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Improve International launches latest in Distance Learning series

New programme covers the fundamentals of exotic medicine and surgery

Veterinary specialist CPD company Improve International has launched a Distance Learning Postgraduate Certificate in Exotic Animal Practice. The programme will provide up to date knowledge across a range of different exotic species, from initial examination and diagnostic sample collection to anaesthesia, surgery, and diagnostic imaging. It will also cover the workup and treatment of common diseases seen in these species.

Set to start in July 2021, the Exotics programme is the latest in the company’s portfolio of Distance Learning courses and leads to a globally recognised qualification from the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies
(ISVPS). Modules are delivered using a range of high-quality learning techniques, including interactive online lessons, supported by notes and videos, hosted on a world-leading online learning management platform. Delegates can opt to attend three practical attendance modules which will cover small mammal surgery, avian surgery and endoscopy.

Course Director Simon Girling BVMS (Hons) DZooMed, DipECZM (ZHM), CBiol, FRSB, EurProBiol, FRCVS RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicines, said: “Exotic Animal medicine is a rapidly changing discipline with new information and a greater understanding of individual species’ needs growing with each passing day. The programme aims to give the delegate an in-depth view of the current best practice in exotic animal medicine and surgery and is directly relevant to the day-to-day work of the veterinary surgeon in clinical practice.

“Our expert Module Tutors, including Charly Pignon DVM Dipl. ECZM, Richard A Saunders BSc (Hons) BVSc FRSB CBiol DZooMed (Mammalian) DipECZM (ZHM) MRCVS RCVS Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine (Mammalian) European Specialist in Zoological Medicine (ZHM) and Stephen Divers BVetMed, DZooMed, DECZM(Herp) DECZM(ZHM) DACZM FRCVS, will provide support during every module.”

David Babington MRCVS, Business Development Director at Improve International, added: “We know that the prospect of treating exotic patients can fill veterinary surgeons with dread. Taking this course will increase their confidence by building their knowledge of the fundamentals of exotic animal medicine and surgery. In doing so, they will also be able to take more informed clinical approach to treating these patients.”

The programme offers a route to achieve academic qualifications – the General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) and the Postgraduate Certificate (PgC), in partnership with ISVPS and Harper Adams University. Gaining a PgC enables delegates to apply to the RCVS for Advanced Practitioner Status in the subject.

For further information and to register interest visit the Improve International website: Exotic Animal Practice Distance Learning or watch the video featuring Simon Girling.

About Improve International

One of the world’s leading veterinary training companies, Improve International was founded in 1998 by a group of like-minded vets and has since provided continuing education to more than 20,000 veterinary surgeons and nurses across 20 countries, including the UK, Germany, Spain, the USA, Australia and China. The organisation pioneered modular CPD for veterinary professionals, combining review lectures, case-based discussion and hands-on practical sessions in their specialist wet-labs. Delegates can also choose from online and blended courses, covering a wide range of clinical subjects.

Responsible for the delivery of the taught programmes, Improve International works closely with its awarding partner, the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS) and with Harper Adams University, which provides the higher education body validation and quality assurance.

Improve International was the first organisation to be awarded a contract from Defra for the training and assurance of Official Veterinarians in the UK.

For more information and to explore the range of Improve International CPD courses, visit their website.


The International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS) was established in 2003 to provide challenging, but attainable, globally recognised qualifications. Its General Practitioner (GPCert), General Practitioner Advanced (GPAdvCerts) and Nurse (NCert) Certificates are designed to meet the needs of busy veterinary practitioners and nurses, who wish to gain postgraduate qualifications whilst working in practice. More than 5,700 veterinarians and veterinary nurses around the world have gained a qualification from ISVPS.

Alongside its International Examining Board comprising more than 70 worldwide veterinary Specialists and Diplomates, ISVPS ensures the highest integrity of its postgraduate awards through its Academic Board, made up of 10 highly respected Specialists from different disciplines.

For more information on ISVPS, visit their website.

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