Canine medical mysteries: A case based approach

8 weeksInternal MedicineCardiology10 CPD hours

This online tutored course with Jennifer Cartwright (Internal Medicine Specialist) and Dr. Liz Bode (Cardiology Specialist) will look at an array of canine medical conditions. We will examine the possible presentations, most appropriate diagnostic approaches and treatments for cases across several body systems. Throughout the course we will consult the most up-to-date literature and expert opinion and we will use real life examples. At the end of each lesson we will go through a complete case from presentation to outcome to consolidate our learning points.

This course will equip you in your diagnostic approach, interpretation of laboratory results and therapeutic choices, to do the best for your canine medical cases.

This course runs over a eight-week period and takes approximately 10 hours to complete and is the equivalent of 10 hours of CPD. It is delivered via video webinars and supplemented with a real-time discussion forum with the course tutor(s).

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: Gastrointestinal disease 1 Quiz 08/01/2024
learning outcomes
  • Learn how to approach dogs with chronic diarrhoea and vomiting
  • Learn what biochemical parameters to expect
  • Understand when a case turns from chronic to critical and management options
  • Review the available treatment options present now, and in the future for GI disease
Lesson 2: Hepatobiliary disease 1 Quiz 15/01/2024
learning outcomes
  • Learn how cases can present and which cases require emergency treatment
  • Understand how to differentiate hepatic and post hepatic causes of icterus and what surgical interventions are available
  • Understand the benefit of biopsies
  • Understand when medical management is appropriate and what is best
Lesson 3: Anaemia 1 Quiz 22/01/2024
learning outcomes
  • Understand how to interpret a haematology and evaluate a blood smear
  • Learn how to investigate anaemia
  • Understand the treatment options available
  • Learn when blood transfusion is appropriate and how to give safely
Lesson 4: Lower urinary tract disorders – Incontinence and infections 1 Quiz 29/01/2024
learning outcomes
  • Learn how to get the most from your urine samples
  • Understand the diagnostic approach to urinary incontinence
  • Workup of chronic urinary tract infections and appropriate antibiotic usage
Lesson 5: Renal disease – Acute and chronic 1 Quiz 05/02/2024
learning outcomes
  • Review IRIS guidelines and treatment options for chronic kidney disease
  • Understand potential infectious causes and appropriate therapies
  • How to interpret blood gas and electrolytes in acute cases
  • Management of hospitalised cases
Lesson 6: Upper respiratory tract disease 1 Quiz 12/02/2024
learning outcomes
  • Understand the different presentations of upper respiratory tract disease
  • Learn the diagnostic approach to cases
  • What can be done when referral imaging isn’t available?
  • Management of inflammatory and infectious diseases
Lesson 7: Endocrine disease- Glucose ‘highs and lows’ 1 Quiz 19/02/2024
learning outcomes
  • Learn how to approach a hypoglycaemic case
  • Understand prognosis and treatment options for Insulinoma’s
  • Managing difficult diabetics
  • Understand how best to implement longer term management and monitoring according to owners’ circumstances
Lesson 8: Acquired canine heart diseases; mitral valve disease and DCM 1 Quiz 26/02/2024
learning outcomes
  • Identify acquired heart disease in your canine patients
  • Develop a logical approach to diagnosis of these diseases
  • Refine your treatment choices for dogs affected by pre-clinical heart disease

Meet the speakers

Jennifer Cartwright

Internal Medicine Specialist


Jennifer Cartwright is an Internal Medicine Specialist. She graduated from Bristol Veterinary School in 2010, after completing an intercalated BSc in Veterinary Pathogenesis at the University of Bristol and elected student committee positions in the British Veterinary Association, Association of Veterinary Students (UK & Ireland) and International Veterinary Students Association (global executive committee). She then worked in a small animal practice before starting advanced clinical training with a Junior Clinical Training Scholarship at the University of Nottingham, which was followed by further clinical training at the University of Edinburgh. Her Senior Clinical Training Scholarship was completed alongside a Masters in Research at the Roslin Institute and she successfully gained her Diploma from the European College of Veterinary Medicine- Companion Animals (Internal Medicine) in 2017. Jennifer completed her PhD focussed on inflammation in acute liver injury and repair at the University of Edinburgh. Alongside this she continued clinical provision across various referral centres in the UK. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the R(D)SVS, University of Edinburgh, and continues her research in the Centre for Inflammation Research and Centre for Regenerative Medicine.

Liz Bode

Director, Cardiology Specialist

Liz graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2006. After spending some time carrying out voluntary work with SPANA, Liz took up a job in mixed practice in East Yorkshire. Shortly after this, Liz completed an internship at the University of Cambridge and solidified her love for all things cardio. She subsequently embarked on a PhD at the University of Manchester looking at cellular calcium handling in heart failure and ageing and was awarded her doctorate in 2013. After another spell in small animal practice Liz completed her residency in cardiology at the University of Edinburgh in 2017. Following her residency she worked at the University of Liverpool as a senior lecturer in small animal cardiology. More recently, she was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and has taken on the role of Module Co-ordinator for the CertAVP cardiology modules at the University of Liverpool. She currently works at Chestergates Veterinary Specialists in the UK. In 2022 she was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (FRCVS) for her meritorious contribution to clinical practice.

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