General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Medicine (Distance Learning)


The 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 will 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.



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

-Complete the modular training programme

-Submit to ISVPS 1 x 2,250-2,500 word case report

-Undertake 3 x remotely-invigilated examinations (one comprising 100 multiple-choice questions, and one comprising case-based scenario and an ‘Online Applied Knowledge Examination’)

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:

-Complete the modular training programme

-Complete the pre- and post-module questions

-Undertake the General Practitioner Certificate (including all requirements listed above)

-Submit 25 x 100-word case logs (comprising the case diary) and a 500-word reflective essay (based on the case diary) to Harper Adams University


Frequently asked questions

How long will it take?

Candidates can comfortably achieve a GPCert(SAM) qualification within two years, but have up to four years in which to complete the training programme and examination.

The total amount of time spent will vary from candidate to candidates. An average candidate will spend between 10 -15 hours per month on the private study, reflective learning and the completion of the case report.

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.

How do I get started?

Please contact us via email and we will send you a link to register.

Examination and Submission Dates


2023 Examination Candidates

  • Registration – 23rd June 2022
  • Case report – 29th June 2023
  • Case diary and reflective essay (PgC only) – 13th July 2023
  • Sit a 100 question examination (multiple choice) – Oct 2023
  • Sit a case-based scenario (CBS) examination – Oct 2023 (TBC)
  • Sit an Online Applied Knowledge examination (OAKE) – Oct 2023 (TBC)

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