General Practitioner Advanced Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery

The General Practitioner Advanced Certificate is accredited by ISVPS and has been developed for veterinary professionals who wish to advance their knowledge, progress their academic qualifications, and gain recognition in their field.

In partnership with Improve International, SCIVAC and Harper Adams University (HAU), the GPAdvCert programme is designed for veterinary surgeons who have already completed a relevant certificate and wish to deepen their knowledge. For candidates who don’t hold the prerequisite GPCert or PgC, alternative routes accrediting prior certificated or experiential learning are available. Please contact ISVPS for further information.


  • 1 x 2,250-2,500 word case report
  • 2 x computer-based examinations (one comprising 50 multiple-choice questions, and one comprising case-based scenario and ‘spot test’ questions)
  • Additional ‘bridging’ assessments apply for those candidates progressing to the Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) in Advanced Veterinary Practice Sciences (please contact ISVPS for further information regarding eligibility for the Postgraduate Diploma)


Please contact ISVPS for further information.

Examination and Submission Dates

2021 Examination Candidates

  • Registration—25th February 2021
  • ‘Bridging’ assessments—29th July 2021 (PgD only)
  • 1 x 2,250-2,500 word case report—26th August 2021
  • 2 x computer-based examinations—TBC