GP Refresh

£2,447.00 (+VAT)

7th, 8th & 9th August 2024, Studley, Warwickshire

[There is an option to spread your payments in the checkout  if you are self-funding]


“What a fantastic course this has been!I have been out of small animal practice for 5 years raising children and this was the best way to get back into it. The course was packed with useful information and the practicals were so helpful. I feel so much more confident and competent now!”

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Revitalise, Revive and Refresh your confidence and skills in small animal practice on this highly practical hands-on course.  Do you feel the need to update your knowledge on conditions that crop up during a typical day in practice? Are you returning to small animal practice after a career break? Are you in practice at the moment and feel that you need a comprehensive update in key areas? Do you want to change disciplines, perhaps from equine to small animal practice?

Then this 3 day interactive, hands-on course is just what you are looking for! You’ve taken a blood sample, but what do the results mean? You have taken a chest film, what is that lung pattern suggesting? Sedation is required in a blocked cat, what is the safest, most effective option? Which wound dressing should you use, there are so many? Our approachable and friendly speakers will guide you in a variety of essential subject areas.

They will provide you with clear, reassuring and practical guidance, equipping you with the confidence and skills to cope with the complexity and diversity of small animal practice in the UK today.

Day 1 Dermatology and Medicine

    • Canine atopic dermatitis
    • Pyoderma
    • Otitis externa (practical)
    • GIT Troubles
    • Endocrine updates for today’s practice
    • Getting the most from your ‘in house’ laboratory

Day 2 Radiography and Emergency Medicine

      • Abdominal radiography – what can you see? (practical)
      • Thoracic radiology – sort out those lung patterns! (practical)
      • Blood transfusions in first opinion practice
      • Blocked cats and how to unblock them
      • How to drain a chest (practical)

Day 3 Surgery and Anaesthesia

      • How to use sutures, staples and clips (practical)
      • Wound management – getting them to heal (practical)
      • Current anaesthetic equipment and agents and how to use them
      • Exploratory laparotomy
      • Enterotomy, enterectomy and cystotomy (practical)
      • How to sedate your patients safely in typical practice scenarios
      • Analgesia – what’s new

Course Leader

Lara Dempsey BVetMed GPCertSAS GPCertSAM CertAVP(GSAS) DipECVS MRCVS & RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery
EBVS® European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Course Tutors

Carl Bradbrook BVSc CertVA DipECVAA MRCVS

Kate Bradley M.A., VetMB, Ph.D.(Bristol), DVR, DipECVDI

Simon Tappin MA VetMB CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

Vanessa Schmidt BVSc(Hons) CertVD DipECVD MRCVS

Andrew Kent BVSc DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

Course Feedback:

“A good mix of common medical and surgical issues with clear demonstrations of techniques to use and things that will be applied to life in everyday practice. Excellent value for money, well organised and very useful CPD. ”

“Great CPD, fantastic value. I have really enjoyed it and have felt it has improved my confidence and readiness to return to practice after maternity leave. Good value, good content, very worth while drive from Wales!! ”

“As an Equine Vet going to small animal, I found this course very informative and helpful. The practicals were excellent and great for gaining surgery competency. The lecturers were very approachable. I would recommend this course to anyone thinking of the move to small animal practice”

“One of the best and most useful courses I have attended – excellent value for money. Subject matter very well chosen and extremely applicable to life in every day practice. Practical sessions were extremely helpful. Presentation good and course notes very comprehensive.”

“Brilliant interactive CPD course that fully met my expectations. Excellent tutors, helpful and happy to answer all my questions, give advice and practical tips. I found the course very interesting and informative. It helped me to refresh and establish my knowledge and skills and boosted my confidence. I have also learned a lot. Would recommend it to anyone who needs to refresh their general practice skills, as I really enjoyed it.”

After 10 years of equine only practice I felt stuck, disillusioned and worried about starting out in small animal practice. This course was a great overview and update and exceeded my expectations.
The tutors gave good lectures and were friendly and approachable, and there was a great practical element with good tuition on techniques which I’ll now feel happier about when faced with in practice. Well organised, good coffee and notes! Friendly delegates and staff.”


Delegates attending this course will also receive a course bonus –

12 months access to Small Animal Practice Webinar Club and The Online Mini Series Course GP Refresh – Surgery

After developing your confidence and skills on the attendance course, you’ll have a full 12 months to look up any area of small animal practice that you like with your complimentary membership of Small Animal Practice Webinar Club. Enjoy over 200 hours of archived quality online CPD and a new webinar every month. Learn whenever and wherever you like, find what you need to know easily and log your hours on your CPD tracker.

Normal membership and course fee: £1097 + VAT. You pay nothing.

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