General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Surgery (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 Surgery awarded by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS).

You will have support and guidance from a Module Tutor who is a recognised specialist in small animal surgery across 24 varied modules covering soft tissue and orthopaedic procedures over 24 months.


To achieve the GPCert(SAS) candidates must complete and pass the following:

-Attend the modular training programme

-A 2250-2500 word case report

-A 100 multiple choice question examination

-A case-based scenario & ‘Online Applied Knowledge’ examination

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

-Additional study of the non-taught areas of the course syllabus

-Further reading on the taught subjects

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

The GPCert is an entry requirement for the 60 academic credit Postgraduate Certificate (PgC), awarded by Harper Adams University in the UK. 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

Frequently asked questions

How long will it take?

Candidates can comfortably achieve a GPCert(SAS) 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(SAS) 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.


Exam fee bundled with training provider

Examination and Submission Dates

2023 Examination Candidates

  • Registration – 23rd June 2022
  • Case report – 29th June 2023
  • Case diary and reflective essay (PgC only) – TBC
  • 2 x exams – (one comprising 100 multiple-choice questions, and one comprising case-based scenario and an ‘Online Applied Knowledge’ examination) – 17th October 2023 (TBC)

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