General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Medicine (Distance Learning)

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).

You’ll have support and guidance from a Module Tutor who is an RCVS or ECVIM/ACVIM Small Animal Medicine Diploma Holder across 20 varied modules covering key canine and feline medicine topics delivered online over 26 months.


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:

To achieve the General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Medicine, awarded by ISVPS, candidates are required to—

  • 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)

The GPCert is an entry requirement for the 60 academic credit Postgraduate Certificate (PgC), awarded by Harper Adams University. To achieve the PgC, candidates are required to:

  • Undertake the General Practitioner Certificate (including all requirements listed above)
  • Submit 15 x 100-word case logs (comprising the ‘case diary’) and a 500-word reflective essay (based on the case diary) to Harper Adams University


Please contact ISVPS for information on fees.

Examination and Submission Dates

2021 Examination Candidates

  • Registration – 30th April 2020
  • Case studies – 29th April 2021
  • Case report – 24th June 2021
  • Case diary and reflective essay (PgC only) – 29th July 2021
  • Exam – 14th October 2021

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