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Advanced General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery



Please contact ESVPS for further information regarding fees.

The GPAdvCert(SAOS) course has been accredited by ESVPS 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 study all areas of the course syllabus, which comprises taught and non-taught areas. Full details of the course syllabus will be available in the course handbook on registration.


To achieve the GPAdvCert(SAOS) candidates must complete and pass the following:

Candidates will also be required to complete the following additional study: On successful attainment of the GPAdvCert(SAOS) candidates will be awarded with a personalised certificate and their name will be included in the ESVPS register of General Practitioner Certificate holders.

Frequently asked questions

How long will it take?
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 and case studies.

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 GPAdvCert(SAOS) 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. There is a nominal fee to re-sit the final examination.

How do I get started?
Please contact ESVPS for further information.

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Examination and Submission Dates

2019 Examination Candidates:

Case diary and reflective essay submission date:
6th December 2018

Case studies submission date:
31st January 2019

Case report submission date:
28th February 2019

Final Examination:
8th May 2019

Note: The GPAdvCert(SAOS) examination will be invigilated by representatives of ESVPS.


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