A fundamental approach to feline medicine: Looking good, feline good!

13 weeksInternal Medicine15 CPD hours

This newly developed online tutored course offers a comprehensive introduction into the prevalent medical issues encountered in feline patients.

We will navigate through a diverse range of disorders affecting various body systems, delving into the most effective investigative and treatment approaches. Real-life cases will be used to illustrate the diagnostic and treatment processes, providing practical insights into managing similar cases in practice. Additionally, our interactive discussion forum will facilitate in-depth conversations, particularly around complex cases, enriching your learning experience. By the end of this course, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to confidently investigate and manage the most common medical disorders encountered in feline practice.

The course is run by our very own Scott Kilpatrick (EBVS and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine). Scott is joined by an amazing team of specialists; Stephanie Sorrell, Liz, Bode, Sam Taylor and Rodolfo Oliveira Leal. The course runs over a thirteen-week period and will provide around 15 hours of CPD/CE. The course is delivered via video webinars and supplemented with a real-time discussion forum, giving you the opportunity to ask questions to the Specialist speakers or discuss cases you may be facing in your practice.

Access to this course is for 12 months from the start of the course going live on our website. The discussion forum will be monitored for the course duration only.

Course Content

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Lesson 1: Feline Anaemia… A whiter shade of pale 1 Quiz Available on 19/08/2024 8:00 am 19/08/2024
learning outcomes
  • Understand how to review your haematology profile to determine regenerative vs non regenerative causes of anaemia
  • Understand when to investigate anaemia and how best to do this
  • Understand when to consider a transfusion and how to safely do this
Lesson 2: FeLV and FIV… A virus showdown 1 Quiz Available on 26/08/2024 8:00 am 26/08/2024
learning outcomes
  • Understand recent knowledge on FeLV and FIV pathogenesis
  • Identify key features to be determined in FeLV and FIV infection
  • Understand frequently used FeLV and FIV detection methods, and their characteristics and interpretation
Lesson 3: Feline Infectious Peritonitis… New hope! 1 Quiz Available on 02/09/2024 8:00 am 02/09/2024
learning outcomes
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the pathophysiology of FIP, including recent advancements in research
  • Learn about the latest diagnostic approaches for FIP, including how to effectively diagnose the disease
  • Understand the current treatment options for FIP, including newly developed treatments with high success rates
Lesson 4: Feline Gastrointestinal Disease… Going for gut 1 Quiz Available on 09/09/2024 8:00 am 09/09/2024
learning outcomes
  • Learn how GI can present and how this can differ to dogs
  • Understand the best way to obtain a likely diagnosis without the need for biopsies
  • Understand the pros and cons of gastrointestinal biopsies in cats
  • Review the available treatment options present now, and in the future for GI disease
Lesson 5: Feline Hepatobiliary Disease… It’s all yellow 1 Quiz Available on 16/09/2024 8:00 am 16/09/2024
learning outcomes
  • Cats are not small dogs… and why.
  • Review the most common causes of feline liver disease.
  • How does treatment differ… cats and dogs?
Lesson 6: Feline Pancreatitis… What’s new? 1 Quiz Available on 23/09/2024 8:00 am 23/09/2024
learning outcomes
  • Evaluate the differences in clinical manifestations of pancreatic disease between cats and dogs
  • Discuss the most current approaches to the diagnosis of feline pancreatitis
  • Learn about the most up to date treatment options available
Lesson 7: Chronic Kidney Disease… What stage are you? 1 Quiz Available on 30/09/2024 8:00 am 30/09/2024
learning outcomes
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the pathophysiology and risk factors associated with feline chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • Learn how to recognize and interpret clinical signs of CKD in feline patients, aiding in early detection and monitoring
  • Explore effective diagnostic approaches, including laboratory tests and imaging modalities
Lesson 8: Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (Part 1) 1 Quiz Available on 07/10/2024 8:00 am 07/10/2024
learning outcomes
  • Explain the predisposing factors for the development of feline idiopathic cystitis
  • List the approaches to multimodal treatment of FIC including dietary and medical options
  • Discuss the importance of behavioural modifications
Lesson 9: Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (Part 2) 1 Quiz Available on 14/10/2024 8:00 am 14/10/2024
learning outcomes
  • Explain the underlying causes of urethral obstruction
  • Describe emergency management and evidence of various interventions such as cystocentesis and fluid therapy
  • Discuss the evidence behind key parts of management of urethral obstruction such as use of antispasmodics and analgesics plus catheter management
Lesson 10: Feline Diabetes Mellitus: Has anything changed? 1 Quiz Available on 21/10/2024 8:00 am 21/10/2024
learning outcomes
  • Understand the aetiology of diabetes mellitus in cats.
  • Learn about the best strategies to diagnose diabetes mellitus in this species.
  • Update treatment strategies including the new SGLT2-inhibitors.
Lesson 11: Feline Hyperthyroidism… Teaching old cats, new tricks! 1 Quiz Available on 28/10/2024 8:00 am 28/10/2024
learning outcomes
  • Review the pathophysiology of hyperthyroidism and underlying aetiology in cats
  • Review medical and surgical options including complications and limitations
  • Understand why radioactive iodine is considered gold standard
  • Understand how to manage iatrogenic hypothyroidism
Lesson 12: Feline Dyspnoea…Non-cardiac causes 1 Quiz Available on 04/11/2024 8:00 am 04/11/2024
learning outcomes
  • Learn how to stabilise a dyspnoeic patient
  • Review options for oxygen supplementation
  • Understand how pulmonary parenchymal disease can result in dyspnoea; including infectious and non-infectious causes
  • Understand how pleural space disease can result in dyspnoea; including pyothorax, haemothorax and pneumothorax
Lesson 13: Feline Dyspnoea… Cardiac causes 1 Quiz Available on 11/11/2024 8:00 am 11/11/2024
learning outcomes
  • Describe and identify the various types of feline cardiomyopathies
  • Be confident in identifying those cats you need to worry about
  • Describe the most up to date treatment rationale for pre-clinical and clinical heart disease

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