General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Surgery

The Improve International GPCert(SAS) 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 GPCert(SAS) candidates must complete and pass the following:

  • A 2250-2500 word case report
  • A 100 multiple choice question examination
  • A case-based scenario & an ‘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 in the UK

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.


Please contact ISVPS for information on Exam Fees.

Examination and Submission Dates

2022 Examination Candidates

  • 1 x 2250-2500 word case report – 30th June 2022
  • Submit to HAU ≥25 x 100 word case logs (comprising the ‘case diary’) – PgC Only -28th July 2022
  • Submit to HAU 1 x 500-word reflective essay – PgC Only -28th July 2022
  • 100 multiple choice question examination – 13th October 2022
  • A case-based scenario & an ‘Online Applied Knowledge Examination’ – 13th October 2022

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