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PgC State Veterinary Medicine

Harper Adams University (HAU) offers a PgC in State Veterinary Medicine, which provides the opportunity for qualified veterinary surgeons to advance their skills in a range of special interest areas whilst operating within a practice environment.

To be eligible to enrol on the PgC State Veterinary Medicine, you must first have a minimum of 20 Level 5 credits from the OCQ(V) courses.

Therefore, should you wish to undertake the PgC in State Veterinary Medicine, you should:


Register as an associate student with HAU within 3 months of passing the examination for your first eligible OCQ(V):


Print and complete the application form, then scan and upload it. When you upload the form you will be asked to pay a £50 fee for each of the OCQ(V)s from which you wish to obtain Level 5 credits. Improve International collects this fee on behalf of HAU


Improve International will pass the registration to HAU


Notify Improve International when any qualifying OCQ(V) exams are passed to enable us to keep HAU updated on your credits


Discuss with HAU which route you wish to take for the PgC once 20 credits are achieved


You have to gain 60 Level 7 credits to achieve the PgC in State Veterinary Medicine. This is expected to take 2 years of part-time study. The structure of the PgC is as follows:

Module State Veterinary Medicine module Elective modules Advanced Practitioner module
Level 7 credits 20 credits 20 credits 20 credits


A schedule will be determined once 20 Level 5 credits have been achieved.


In line with the arrangements specific to that module. There are a number of options which could be selected to accrue a minimum of 20 credits at Level 7:


Via blended learning (a combination of face-to-face workshops and online activities) commencing each January and running to July.

At least 20 credits’ worth of study from HAU’s Taught Postgraduate Portfolio (equates to choosing 2 of these modules). A clinical GPCert. There are 15 GPCerts validated by HAU, representing 40-60 credits each.
Training provider

Harper Adams University

Via independent distance study.

Harper Adams University

These are delivered by block delivery and attendance at formal tuition is face-to-face.

Improve International

Teaching and learning resources are provided by Improve, with the addition of some e-resources from the Harper Adams library. All students will have access to the Improve International Learning Management System and will be able to access course notes, communicate via group fora and access links to important scientific articles.

Harper Adams University

It will typically comprise workshops; CPD activities in the workplace; taught sessions by tutors, lecturers or guest speakers; peer-to-peer interactions e.g. professional discussion; online activities; independent research and engagement with literature; practise of accruing practical skills in practice; personal reflection to connect theory and practice.

Method of assessment Typically 2 pieces of coursework. Specific to each module. Assessed by the ISVPS. Typically via a portfolio.

Please note that this route is not recognised by the RCVS as an entry qualification to the RCVS Advanced Practitioner status.

For further information regarding the PgC in State Veterinary Medicine and what the Elective and Advanced Practitioner modules will involve, please contact Harper Adams University by emailing

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