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New Online Computed Tomography Programme Launched By Improve International

3 months ago

1st April, 2022 13h36

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Leading global veterinary CPD provider Improve International has launched an online programme in Computed Tomography (CT), offering a route to achieve a General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert), accredited and awarded by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies

CT is already a key element of the diagnostic imaging capability of many practices with its use set to increase in the years ahead.  Improve International’s new online programme is led by Dr Tobias Schwarz MA, DVR, DECVDI, DACVR, MRCVS EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and member of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. He is supported by course tutor Maurizio Longo DVM, PhD, Doctor Europaeus, MRCVS, Dipl ECVDI.

The content of the course will support veterinary surgeons in general practice who wish to deepen their knowledge and manage cases requiring complex diagnostic skills. Starting in June 2022, it consists of 12 modules covering the use of CT in different parts of the body delivered over 14 months. Eight modules consist of three lessons per week, two case studies, course notes and weekly summary videos.  Three modules are case-based with five in-depth cases covered per week, together with and an end-of-month summary webinar or journal club with the specialist tutor. The final module gives candidates the opportunity to demonstrate their learning and present a case study to their peers and specialist tutor. 

Registration for the programme also includes access to the RCVS Knowledge Library for the duration of the course and includes an e-book copy of Saunders, J. and Schwarz, T. (2011) Veterinary Computed Tomography. It provides a complete reference for the use of Computed Tomography (CT) in practice from the fundamentals of physics through to its practical application. The content supports Improve International’s comprehensive course.

As with all Improve International’s online learning programmes, modules are delivered using a range of high-quality learning techniques, including interactive lessons created by online learning experts. Lessons are 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 launch of this new programme, Operational Head for Improve International in the UK, Dr Charlotte French, said: “Advancements in imaging technology in recent years have ensured that CT scanning has become an essential diagnostic tool.  We hope our course will ensure that veterinary surgeons with an interest in this area are equipped with the very latest knowledge and are more confident in using scanning to diagnose their patients and recommend appropriate treatment plans.”

For more information about this programme please visit:

Improve International already offers online postgraduate certificates in a range of topics including:

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About Improve International 

One of the world’s leading veterinary training companies, Improve International was founded in 1998 by a group of like-minded vets and has since provided continuing education to more than 40,000 veterinary surgeons and nurses across 20 countries, including the UK, Germany, Spain, the USA, Australia and China. 

The organisation pioneered modular CPD in the UK for veterinary professionals, combining review lectures, case-based discussion and hands-on practical sessions in their specialist wet-labs. Today, delegates can also choose from online and blended courses, covering a wide range of species and subjects. 

Responsible for the delivery of the taught programmes, Improve International works closely with its awarding partner, the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS) and with Harper Adams University, which provides the higher education body validation and quality assurance. Improve International was the first organisation to be awarded a contract from Defra in 2014, for the training and assurance of Official Veterinarians in the UK. 

For more information and to explore the range of Improve International CPD courses, visit 


The International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS) was established in 2003 with the principal objective to provide challenging, but attainable, globally recognised qualifications. The Nurse (NCert), Foundation (FCert), General Practitioner (GPCert) and General Practitioner Advanced (GPAdvCerts) Certificates are designed to meet the needs of busy veterinary practitioners and nurses who wish to gain postgraduate qualifications whilst working in practice. Over 6,700 veterinarians and veterinary nurses around the world are now registered certificate holders.

Alongside an international examining board of over 70 examiners, ISVPS ensures the highest integrity of their postgraduate awards through the academic board, made up of ten highly respected veterinary specialists from different disciplines.

For more information on ISVPS, visit

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