PgCert in Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery

Become a Super Soft Tissue Surgeon just 12 months

Become a Super Soft Tissue Surgeon in just 12 months with the highly practical, flexible and convenient work-based certificate programme from CPD Solutions, validated by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The 12 month duration of the programme gives you a valuable qualification quickly. This means minimal disruption for you, your family and your practice and you can put your new skills to use straight away.

This is a New Programme and we are expecting strong demand for places on this small group practical programme starting in March 2025.

Download a brochure now or secure your place with a deposit of just £997 + VAT.

Any questions? Call us now on 0151 328 0444.

"Love the modern approach to the PgCert on reflection rather than memorisation and article writing."

Rhiannon Jones MRCVS

The next intake starts in March 2025.
Download a 2025 brochure now by clicking the button below

"Excellent experience, learned so much I can use in practice straight away. Tutors were amazing, so knowledgeable and friendly and learned so much from them."

Laura Hamilton MRCVS

A modern work-based PgCert to Develop Your Skills and Transform your Practice

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Develop Your Surgical Skills

Nine full days of hands-on practical surgery training. The best way to develop your surgical skills is by practising techniques in a supportive environment with the direct help of expert and approachable tutors. You'll cover essentials of small animal soft tissue surgery, small animal abdominal, perineal and urogenital surgery, and small animal head, neck and thoracic surgery.


Focused Attendance Sessions

Just three, highly-practical attendance sessions, each of 3 days, to reinforce your learning, teach you new practical skills and minimise disruption to your life. Held at the CPD Solutions Training Centre in Studley, Warwickshire.

Module 1: Essentials of Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery
Module 2: Small Animal Abdominal, Perineal and Urogenital Surgery
Module 3: Small Animal Head, Neck and Thoracic Surgery


Use Your New Skills Straight Away

Use your new skills from day one in your practice to enable you to carry out more effective procedures, increase practice revenue and provide a more convenient in house service for your patients and their owners.

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Gain A Valuable Qualification

The PgCertSTS from CPD Solutions and validated by the University of Central Lancashire represents 60 academic credits at Masters Level 7 within the Quality Assurance Agency’s higher education framework. Assessment is via reflective portfolios, consisting of a case log (minimum 5 cases) and a 3500 word critically reflective essay for each module.


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 Extensive Learning Resources

The course is delivered via blended learning. Each module comprises 21 hours of face to face practical workshops, and 179 hours of self-directed study. Extensive online resources provide a framework for your studies – webinars, Online Mini Series, surgical technique videos, practical notes, access to UCLan elibrary and resources, online text books, bespoke reflective writing resources. With unlimited access during your study. You also benefit from a full 12 months of additional access to the CPD Solutions resources after you complete your PgCert


Get The Support You Need

You'll get support from your tutors throughout the course. Face to face practical sessions will help develop your surgical and decision-making skills, and your personal tutor will guide your self-directed studies with constructive feedback on your work. Your academic tutors are RCVS and European Specialists in Small Animal Surgery: Lynda Rutherford, Faye Swinbourne, Lara Dempsey, Will Robinson, Lee Meakin, and Eli Field.

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 Can I Register for this PgCert?

Applicants for this study route must hold a veterinary degree and have at least 2 years postgraduate clinical experience.
Applicants must have access to suitable veterinary clinical cases to facilitate work-based learning reflections.
UK based applicants must be on the RCVS UK practising register. EU/International students who are not RCVS members will need to satisfy the English language proficiency requirements of UCLan.

"Learning to reflect critically on my behaviour and performance as a practitioner has been the best thing that has happened in my career."

Leon Ringelmann MRCVS

Your Investment…


Your investment in this 12 month programme is £11,447 + VAT (CPD Solutions)
plus £2750 (UCLan home student fee) or £4400 (UCLan EU/International student fee).
See programme brochure for further details, discounts and instalment plans.

Included with your PgCert…


One Year's Additional Access

An extra year’s access to all of the CPD Solutions online resources in your support materials. Includes webinars and Online Mini Series courses with unlimited access.


£400 CPD Voucher

To use on any practical course of your choice during or after your PgCert course.


 Essential Equipment

Quality DeBakey forceps to help you with your precision surgery from Day One.


Essential Text Book

Veterinary Surgery: Small Animal Expert Consult 2nd Edition by Tobias and Johnston.

"Excellent all round. Great facilities, friendly and helpful staff and great catering. Best course I've been on."

Gareth Parry MRCVS

"Very well paced, gave me confidence in my current skills and helped build on these-practical tips that are applicable to general practice."

Laura Bateman MRCVS

This course is validated by the university of Central Lancashire, regulated by the Office for Students (OFS).


Any questions?
Call us now on 0151 328 0444

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