Small Animal Medicine Mini Module

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About the course

This 100% online CPD mini-module has been developed and aimed towards the more experienced veterinary surgeon. The module content has been developed by veterinary specialists at the forefront of current veterinary research.

The module will provide you with 25 hours of designation specific CPD. Over four weeks we will cover a different weekly topic in an area in which there may have been changes, advances or controversy in recent years.

The course is taught and tutored by Liverpool and other external veterinary specialists, following a similar format to the University of Liverpool’s CertAVP modules.  With online lectures, discussion boards and weekly MCQ tests designed to help support your learning, this short Small Animal Medicine mini-module will provide a fun and interactive way to ensure you keep up to date in your area of interest.


Course content:


Week 1:  Shining a Light in Dark Places: Endoscopy for Chronic Enteropathy and Problematic Pancreatic Paradigms

Dr PJ Noble BVM&S PhD MRCVS and Dr Dan Batchelor BVSc PhD DSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS, both senior lecturers from the Small Animal Teaching Hospital at the University of Liverpool.

Chronic enteropathy is a vexing one ! We search for a test that will answer the question ‘What is actually wrong with this patient and what is the best treatment’. It seems that a biopsy must be the best option and that endoscopy is the logical way to get one. In this week we will look at how useful endoscopy might be and how to ensure you get the most from endoscopies by ruling out as many things as possible prior to slipping the black tube into the intestines. We’ll also touch on some other useful things to do with a scope in the GI tract.

Pancreatitis seems to be another tricky customer in small animal practice. It is mentioned everywhere, but can be difficult both to diagnose and to exclude! There is controversy about its management too. This week we will look at how the information from recent studies in pancreatitis may be able to help us diagnose and manage pancreatitis in the clinic


Week 2: Coughing, Wheezing, and Laboured Breathing -  Managing a Cat with a Lower Respiratory Tract Presentation

Dr Ellie Mardell MA Vet MB DSA(fel) MRCVS,  a clinician and specialist in feline medicine with a particular interest in respiratory disease.

From acute presentation to chronic therapy, cats with respiratory disease have the potential to present a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. Familiarity with how to approach a dyspnoeic cat is invaluable in an emergency setting. Techniques that help a minimally invasive localisation of the problem can facilitate stabilization before stressful investigations are considered. The feline patient with a chronic cough requires a logical, step-wise approach to diagnostic procedures and treatment, which can be tailored to the individual cat and owner as required. These lectures will cover an approach to the dyspnoeic cat, and the pathophysiology, investigations and conventional treatment of feline inflammatory lower airway disease. Finally some interesting new concepts in the diagnosis and treatment of feline asthma will be discussed.  The aim is that practitioners consolidate their confidence in dealing with a dyspnoeic cat, develop a deeper appreciation of our current knowledge of feline asthma/bronchitis, and finally have the opportunity to review the current research and controversies in this fascinating topic. Case examples will be used to demonstrate the range of presentations and difficulties that can be seen with feline lower respiratory tract disease. 


Week 3:  BREAK


Week 4: The Eyes - A Window to the Brain

Rita Goncalves DVM DipECVN MVM FHEA MRCVS, head of the neurology department at the Small Animal Teaching Hospital and Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Neurology

Ophthalmic conditions are a common problem in dogs and cats. Neurological causes for ocular abnormalities can be intimidating and often cause confusion regarding when to worry about them and how to figure out where the lesion may be. The aim of this mini-module week is to increase your knowledge, skills and confidence in approaching these cases. A background refresher on basic anatomy and function will aid in understanding these lesions and different causes for neuro-ophthalmological disorders will then be covered in more depth. The discussion forum will facilitate applying the information previously reviewed as well as covering any remaining topics that could still be a cause for concern.


Week 5: Update On Canine Lymphoma

Dr Chiara Penzo DVM PhD Dip.ECVIM-CA(Oncology) MRCVS, a European and RCVS Recognised Veterinary Specialist in Oncology 

The lectures and readings for this week are intended to provide an update on canine lymphoma, a cancer commonly encountered in general practice. The lectures will give you a practical overview of the diagnosis and management of canine lymphoma. The lecturer will discuss the most indicated diagnostic and clinical staging tests including indications and interpretation of flow cytometry and PARR tests. You will receive an update about the most current treatment options through presentation of possible cases encountered in the clinic. Both induction and rescue chemotherapy protocols will be discussed in detail, including new treatment options such as rabacfosadine and immunotherapy. Chiara will also suggest further readings to deepen your knowledge and will be available for the week on an online discussion forum to answer any query you may have on these topics and discuss the cases presented in the course.

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