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General Practitioner Certificates

For each subject there is set course work to complete and a final written examination. Please refer to the individual subject for further information.

Only registered veterinary surgeons who have been qualified for a minimum of two years can apply to undertake a General Practitioner Certificate.

General Practitioner Certificates

Nurses Certificates

To be eligible to sit the Nurses Certificate examination candidates must complete the ESVPS accredited course of study with Improve International.  In addition to the taught modular programme, candidates are required to complete further study in their own time as well as submitting various pieces of course work and sitting a final written examination.  Please refer to the individual subject for further information.

Only registered veterinary nurses can apply to undertake the Nurses Certificate.

Nurses Certificates

Advanced Certificates

The General Practitioner Advanced Certificate is accredited by ESVPS and has been developed for veterinary professionals who wish to advance their knowledge, progress their academic qualifications, and gain recognition in their field.

In partnership with Improve International, SCIVAC and Harper Adams University (HAU), the GPAdvCert programme is designed for veterinary surgeons who have already completed a General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) or Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) and want to deepen their knowledge. For candidates who don’t hold GPCert or PgC, alternative routes accrediting their prior certificated or experiential learning are available. Please contact ESVPS for further information.

The GPAdvCert(SAOS) qualification has been validated by Harper Adams University, and candidates who have attended both the GPCert or PgC and the GPAdvCert have an option to progress to a Pgd in Advanced veterinary Practice Sciences.

The requirements for the programme are:

  • 2 x formative practical assessments
  • Case diary (15 x 100 word peer-reviewed logs)
  • Reflective essay (500 words)
  • Case studies (5 x 500-1,000 words)
  • Case report (2,500 words)
  • Multiple choice question examination


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