Improve International Unveils Ophthalmology Online Learning Programme

Animal Health

Ophthalmology is the latest discipline to be offered as an online Postgraduate Certificate Programme by veterinary specialist CPD company Improve International, in partnership with the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS) and Harper Adams University. The course covers the embryology, anatomy and physiology of the eye, ocular pharmacology and therapeutics, together with the full spectrum of ocular diseases seen in domestic species.

The programme, set to start in September, will be led by Dr Pedro Malho, DipECVO CES OphtVet DVM MRCVS, a European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology. It is built around 14 modules, each of which includes nine interactive lessons and two case studies.

As with all of Improve International’s online learning programmes, modules are delivered using a range of high-quality learning techniques, including interactive online lessons, supported by notes and videos, quizzes and a forum tutored by leading specialists, all hosted on a world-leading online learning management platform.

Commenting on the programme, Dr Malho said: “We have prepared an innovative and in-depth course to help veterinary practitioners with an interest in ophthalmology to develop their knowledge and skills in this demanding discipline. The course will enable delegates to develop a greater knowledge of ocular anatomy and physiology and master the handling of ophthalmic equipment. It will also help them to interpret clinical signs confidently to make a diagnosis and select the appropriate medical or surgical treatment.”

Dr Charlotte French, Head of Curriculum and Quality and UK Country Manager for Improve International, said: “With input from top global veterinary ophthalmologists, we have created an exciting and innovative learning experience that will offer maximum flexibility to veterinary surgeons keen to develop their expertise and knowledge in this field. The programme provides delegates with unique features such as the opportunity to share learning with colleagues from around the world and input from an Improve International Programme Tutor to support their studies.”

The programme, which has been submitted to RACE for approval, can also be undertaken as a face-to-face course. It offers a route to achieve academic qualifications - the General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) awarded by ISVPS and the Postgraduate Certificate (PgC), awarded by Harper Adams University. Gaining a PgC enables delegates to apply to the RCVS for Advanced Practitioner Status in the subject.

For further information and to register interest visit the Improve International website:

Rebecca George, George PR

Tel: 01449 737281/07974 161108


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