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:


  • Complete the modular training programme
  • Completion of the pre and post module questions is strongly advised as an important part of your exam preparation, however, completion is not compulsory to achieve the certificate
  • Submit and pass a written assessment by the stated submission date (GPCert 25 Case Logs)
  • Undertake and pass an online applied knowledge examination (OAKE) 


Please note – For courses which started prior to 1st January 2023 – previous assessment requirements are confirmed in the enrolment booklet, in the candidate area.

All 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.


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. To achieve the PgC, candidates are required to:

  • Attend the ISVPS accredited course with 100% attendance
  • Undertake the General Practitioner Certificate (including all requirements listed above and complete all the pre and post module questions)
  • Submit a 2500-word case report 
  • Undertake and pass a case-based scenario examination (CBS) 


Please note – For courses which started prior to 1st January 2023 – previous assessment requirements are confirmed in the enrolment booklet, in the candidate area.


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 –


Exam fee bundled with training provider.

Examination and Submission Dates

2024 Examination Candidates

  • Case report – July 2024
  • Exams – September 2024

All examinations are computer based with remote invigilation.

Examination and submission date information will be confirmed in the ISVPS Candidate Area.

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