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General Practitioner Certificate in Exotic Animal Practice

GPCert(ExAP) / PgC Exotic Animal Practice 


Enrolment for the GPCert(ExAP) examination is a one off payment of £595.

The Improve International GPCert(ExAP) modular training programme 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 from Improve International on registration.

The GPCert(ExAP) qualification has been validated by Harper Adams University(HAU) and candidates have the option of completing the GPCert and PgC in Exotic Animal Practice, which carries 60 credits at a M Level 7.  These credits can be used towards a higher qualification such as a Masters Degree.   

The PgC Exotic Animal Practice award is eligible for the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status.

Past GPCert(ExAP) holders:  There is a route available to 'upgrade' your existing award to a PgC.  Please contact the ESVPS office for further details.


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

Candidates will also be required to complete the following additional study: ESVPS will send regular email reminders of submission dates and details of the final examination.

Candidates must inform ESVPS of any change of contact details during the course period.

On successful attainment of the GPCert(ExAP) 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?
Candidates can comfortably achieve a GPCert(ExAP) qualification within one year, but have up to three 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 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 GPCert(ExAP) 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.

Is tutor support available?
Once registered, support is available in the form of a Case Report tutorial video and candidates have the opportunity of submitting an abstract of 100 words if their selected case does not appear on the list of suggested case types and procedures. Please note we do not accept drafts.

How do I get started?
Please contact us via email and we will send you a link to register.

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Examination and Submission Dates

2018 Examination Candidates:

Case report submission date:
31st January 2018

Case studies submission date:
28th February 2018

Case diary and reflective essay submission date:
30th April 2018

Final Examination:
9th May 2018 (Royal Agricultural University)

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 GPCert(ExAP) examination will be invigilated by representatives of ESVPS.


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