General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Medicine

The Improve International GPCert(SAM) modular training programme has been accredited by ISVPS as being a suitable education programme based on the course content and the calibre of the tutors delivering the taught course.

Candidates are required to attend the Improve International taught modular programme and study all areas of the course syllabus. In some cases not all of the course syllabus is covered in the taught programme and additional reading is required.


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

  • Complete the modular training programme
  • Submit 1 x 2,250-2,500 case report
  • Sit a 100 question examination (multiple choice)
  • Sit a case-based scenario & an ‘Online Applied Knowledge Examination’

Candidates will also be required to complete the following additional study:

  • Further reading on the taught subjects
  • Additional study of the non-taught areas of the course syllabus.

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)
  • Complete the pre-and post-module questions
  • 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

On successful attainment of the GPCert(SAM) candidates will be awarded with a personalised certificate and their name will be included in the ISVPS register of General Practitioner Certificate holders.

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.


Exam fee is bundled with training provider

Examination and Submission Dates

2022 Examination Candidates

  • Registration – 24th June 2021
  • Case report – 30th June 2022
  • Case diary and reflective essay (PgC only) – 28th July 2022
  • Exams (Multiple Choice Questions, plus case based scenario and an ‘Online Applied Knowledge Examination’) – 14th October 2022

2022 Examination Candidates

  • 1 x 2250-2500 word case report – 30th June 2022
  • Case diary and reflective essay submission date (PgC only) – 28th July 2022
  • 100 multiple choice question examination – 14th October 2022
  • A case-based scenario & an ‘Online Applied Knowledge Examination’ – 14th October 2022

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