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New Consolidated Learning Postgraduate Certificate Programme from Improve

21 April 2016

UK - Veterinary CPD provider Improve International has launched a Consolidated Learning programme to enable veterinary surgeons to gain the skills required for both a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) and a General Practice Certificate (GPCert) in Small Animal Surgery in four months.

The modular programme, based at Improve’s training facilities in Swindon, will comprise 22 sessions taught intensively over a four month period.

It is aimed at veterinary surgeons with a keen interest in small animal surgery who prefer to undertake their learning in a condensed format, in monthly blocks of four days across the four months.

Consolidated Learning programme delegates will focus on soft tissue surgery during the first twelve modules, moving on to orthopaedics and spinal surgery for the second ten modules.

Fourteen taught modules will be complemented by eight full day practical sessions. Improve believes that the balance of taught lectures followed by the practical sessions should enable delegates to rapidly build the confidence to carry out complex procedures and enable their practice and patients to benefit from their new skills quickly.

All delegates will be supported by a Programme Tutor and the Surgery Course Director, Dr Hannes Bergmann, who will act as a specialist advisor to delegates. The first module will begin in November 2016.

Commenting, David Babington MRCVS, Managing Director of Improve, said: "This new approach to achieving a PgC and a GPCert in Small Animal Surgery is ideal for veterinary surgeons who are keen to acquire their new skills quickly and to reap the benefits in terms of practice profitability at an earlier stage.

“In creating this new programme, we are trying to offer the maximum flexibility to delegates in terms of how they prefer to study and to offer those who prefer a more ‘immersive’ approach, a solution which may suit them better.

“The content of the Consolidated Learning Surgery programme is exactly the same as that offered in our two year programme.

"After the consolidated lectures, delegates sit their exams at the same time as delegates on the two year programme so that they have sufficient time to complete the case reports and other written submissions. We look forward to welcoming our first delegates in November.”

Full details, including registration details, are available at: or

Improve International is one of the UK’s leading veterinary training companies with a 18 year track record in providing structured continuing professional development (CPD) to veterinary professionals. Acquired by Benchmark Holdings Plc in February 2015 and based in Swindon,

Improve 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.

For further information, visit or call 01793 759159.

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