Anaemia in dogs and cats: Where did all the red cells go?

10 weeksInternal Medicine

This veterinary thought exchange online tutored course takes a more detailed look at the investigation and management of anaemia in dogs and cats.

Anaemia is the most common hematologic abnormality encountered in veterinary clinical practice and can be the cause of disease (e.g., immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia [IMHA]) or a marker of underlying disease (e.g., cancer, chronic kidney disease). We will discuss how to get the most information out of your blood smear and haematology as well as reviewing the most up to date way of treating anaemia, including IMHA. There is also a video webinar looking at the practical elements of bone marrow biopsy and transfusion medicine.

The course is run by our very own Scott Kilpatrick (EBVS and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine). The course runs over a ten-week period and takes around 12 hours to complete. The course is delivered via video webinars and supplemented with discussion forums and live chats with the course tutor, giving you the opportunity to ask questions or discuss cases you may be facing in your practice.

*(Access to this course is for 6 months. If you sign up to the course after the live sessions have run, you will still be able to access the recordings from the live sessions).

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Course Content

Lesson 1: Investigating Anaemia… the blood smear and beyond 20/09/2021
learning outcomes
  • Learn about the most accessible in-house test… the blood smear!
  • Understand how to get the best out of your haematology… do we really care about MCV?
  • Review the other diagnostics that might complement what the blood is telling you.
Lesson 2: Regenerative Anaemia… when the bone marrow works 27/09/2021
learning outcomes
  • Be confident in understanding the differential diagnosis for regenerative anaemia.
  • Consolidate your knowledge of bleeding disorders and when blood loss is the issue.
  • Understand some of the more unusual causes of haemolysis.
Lesson 3: What’s new in IMHA? 04/10/2021
learning outcomes
  • Learn about the most effective ways to diagnose IMHA.
  • Consolidate your knowledge on the pathophysiology of this disease.
  • Review the most recent treatment options… when the steroids don’t work
Lesson 4: Live Q&A and Case Discussion (Thurs 14/10/21 @ 8pm BST)
learning outcomes
  • Your chance to discuss any cases you are struggling with.
  • We will bring along a few interesting cases too!
Lesson 5: Non-Regenerative Anaemia… the bone marrow’s broken 18/10/2021
learning outcomes
  • Be confident in understanding the differential diagnosis for non-regenerative anaemia.
  • What is iron… and is it deficient?
  • Review the best treatment options for non-regenerative anaemia.
Lesson 6: Transfusion Therapy in Dogs and Cats 25/10/2021
learning outcomes
  • Learn about the components of transfusion therapy.
  • Consolidate your decision making on whether to transfuse or not.
  • Cat and dogs… are they that different?
Lesson 7: A Practical Guide to Blood Transfusions 01/11/2021
learning outcomes
  • Review the differences in blood donation between cats and dogs.
  • Learn the most practical ways of donation and transfusion.
Lesson 8: A Practical Guide to Bone Marrow Biopsies 08/11/2021
learning outcomes
  • Feel confident in bone marrow biopsy techniques through this practical webinar.
Lesson 9: Live Q&A and Case Discussion (Thurs 18/11/21 @ 8pm GMT)
learning outcomes
  • Your chance to discuss any cases you are struggling with.
  • We will bring along a few interesting cases too!
Lesson 10: Cracking the cases Available on 29/11/2021 8:00 am 29/11/2021
learning outcomes
  • Consolidate your learning with cases that you will likely see in practice.

Meet the speakers

Scott Kilpatrick

Director, Internal Medicine Specialist

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Scott graduated from Edinburgh Vet School in 2007. Initially, he worked for the PDSA, before taking a Senior Veterinary Surgeon position with Vets Now in Edinburgh in 2010. Scott started his residency in internal medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 2012 after completing a year as a Teaching Fellow in Anatomy and Physiology. He completed his residency in 2016 after finishing his Masters in the pathogenesis of canine liver disease and has since been working in referral practice. Interventional radiology is something that really interests Scott and he spent some time in 2018, working in this area at UC Davis in California. Scott has created and delivered a Post-graduate Certificate in Small Animal Emergency Medicine in association with the University of Surrey. Scott is currently the Head of Internal Medicine at Wear Referrals.

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