General Practitioner Advanced Certificates

In partnership with Improve Veterinary Education and Harper Adams University, the GPAdvCert programmes are designed for veterinary surgeons who wish to deepen their knowledge in a particular subject.

Who is the GPAdvCert for?
The GPAdvCert is suitable for qualified veterinary surgeons, who are looking to build on existing knowledge and develop an enhanced awareness and more in-depth approach in a particular subject.

Relevant to vets in small animal practice, a number of our GPAdvCert qualifications are validated by Harper Adams University (HAU).

How will you benefit?

The GPAdvCert gives individuals a more in-depth approach in their chosen subject, meaning you benefit from:

An enhanced understanding and knowledge in your area of interest:

  • Increased awareness of relevant techniques and an ability to use these in the management of cases
  • The ability to critically evaluate evidence and make clinical decisions on the strength of the best evidence available
  • The ability to process complex issues and make sound judgements
  • A sophisticated awareness of professional principles, using self-reflection to inform and improve clinical practice


  • Peer recognition of your dedication to furthering your knowledge in your area of interest
  • The option to go on to achieve a Master General Practitioner qualification with ISVPS, our highest award in general practice
How will your practice benefit?
  • Potential increase in practice earnings, for example through through more comprehensive investigation and treatment
  • Individuals will be more confident in clinical decisions and sharing knowledge
  • Retaining talent and expertise through supporting career development
  • Increased customer satisfaction and retention through skilled, confident vets
  • Ability to illustrate high standards of patient care by having staff with ISVPS globally recognised qualifications
How will your patients and their owners benefit?

ISVPS was established to support the veterinary community to deliver compassionate animal care through advanced training and qualifications. With the GPAdvCert, patients and owners will benefit from:

  • Improved patient care from committed veterinary professionals
  • Increased satisfaction as a result of best practice approaches, informed by the highest ethical standards
Pre-requisites for taking the GPAdvCert assessments

In order to take the assessments for the GPAdvCert, you must:

  • Hold a veterinary qualification
  • If you are UK-based, applicants must be on the RCVS Home Practising Register, whilst applicants based outside the UK must hold a qualification that would entitle you to register as a member of the RCVS
  • Attend all the relevant modules with our accredited training provider Improve International. UK-based veterinary surgeons who qualified from 2007 onwards must have completed the RCVS Professional Development Phase (PDP) before they can enrol on the training course

Please note, our training partner Improve International also recommends you have at least five years’ experience working in practice.

What learning options are available?

For GPAdvCert training courses, you can choose the way you like to learn whether face-to-face or blended (a mixture of face-to-face and online). Explore the Improve International website for world-class learning with support from local teams in your preferred language.

Get started now

To get started on your GPAdvCert, simply enrol on the relevant course with our accredited training provider, Improve Veterinary Education. Once you are enrolled on a course, you will be able to register with us for your assessments.

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Progress your career after the GPCert

Explore the new Master General Practitioner qualification, our highest award in general practice.

Or you can work towards a further GPCert  or GPAdvCert in a different discipline.

Contact us for further information. 

Get started now

To get started on your ISVPS Advanced Certificate, simply enrol on the relevant course with our accredited training provider, Improve Veterinary Education.

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