Small Animal Medicine Distance Learning


Gain the General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Medicine

The brand-new online Distance Learning Programme has been designed to enable veterinary professionals access to world class teaching materials, wherever they are in the world. By studying part-time, at your own pace, the programme allows you to effectively manage your work-life balance while taking essential knowledge back to practice immediately. By attending the full online structured programme and following successful assessment including an exam, you can gain the GPCert in Small Animal Medicine awarded by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS).

The Assessment Components

The assessment of delegates for this course has two components – continual assessment through the entire course and a formal assessment at the completion of the course. Continual assessment throughout the course will be performed by the delegates before and after each module.

Pre-module assessment consists of the delegates considering and recording their knowledge and personal learning objectives for that session. Following each taught theoretical session,delegates will complete the post-module on-line reflective learning questions to assess their progress in this area.

Post module, delegates are asked to summarise key benefits gained, identify any areas requiring further study and list things which they will do to improve in that area.

The formal assessment at the completion of the course will consist of several different components. Each assessment will be marked/assessed by an ISVPS examiner:


  • Complete the modular training programme
  • Complete the pre-and post-module questions
  • Submit 10 x 500-1,000 word case studies
  • Submit 1 x 2,250-2,500 case report
  • Sit a 100 question examination (multiple choice)

Frequently asked questions

How long will it take?
Following course completion, candidates have up to four years to satisfy ISVPS assessment requirements and obtain the GPCert.

What if I am not successful in passing one of the components of the examination?
Candidates are required to pass all components of the examination to gain the GPCert(SAM) qualification. Candidates who fail their case report will be given clear indications where they were unsuccessful and guidelines on how to complete their case report to the required standard. Candidates who are unsuccessful in the final examination will be given a breakdown of the areas they were weakest in and additional study recommended.

How do I get started?
Please contact us via email and we will send you a link to register.


The cost for sitting this exam is GBP £800

Examination and Submission Dates

  • Registration – 30th April 2020
  • 10 x case studies – 29th April 2021
  • Case report – 24th June 2021
  • Exam – 15th October 2021

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