Endocrinology: Who’s in crisis? (2023)

8 weeksInternal Medicine10 CPD hours

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

Endocrine diseases are common in small animal practice, but their investigation can be confusing and their management very challenging. How much do we really need to investigate that increased calcium? How unstable can my diabetic dog really be? What is the best test to diagnose Cushing’s disease and how best do I monitor? We aim to answer all these questions and much more.

The course is run by our very own Scott Kilpatrick (EBVS and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine). The course runs over an eight-week period and takes around 10 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 12 months from the start of the course going live on our website. 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. The discussion forum will be monitored for the course duration only.

Course Content

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Lesson 1: Canine and Feline Hypothyroidism… do cats get that?! 1 Quiz 10/04/2023
learning outcomes
  • Understand the pathophysiology of hypothyroidism.
  • Review the best practice in diagnosis… is it really that easy?
  • Consider the best treatment options and what happens when they do not respond.
Lesson 2: Feline and Canine Hyperthyroidism… do dogs get that?! 1 Quiz 11/04/2023
learning outcomes
  • Understand the pathophysiology of hyperthyroidism… is it just older cats?
  • Review the options for diagnosis… not just T4.
  • Learn about the most up to date treatment considerations.
Lesson 3: Hyperadrenocorticism 1 Quiz 17/04/2023
learning outcomes
  • Pathophysiology… from the pituitary to the adrenal gland.
  • Review the various diagnostic options… and pick the best one.
  • Understand the best treatment options… do I take the adrenal gland out?
Lesson 4: Hypoadrenocorticism 1 Quiz 24/04/2023
learning outcomes
  • Pathophysiology… when the cortisol runs out.
  • Diagnosis… do I really need to do an ACTH stimulation test at 3am?
  • Treatment… crisis at the Whitehouse.
Lesson 5: Diseases of the Parathyroid Gland… A crisis of calcium! 1 Quiz 02/05/2023
learning outcomes
  • Calcium… how high is too high?
  • Review the most common conditions of the parathyroid gland.
  • What are the options for treating disorders of calcium?
Lesson 6: Canine and Feline Growth Hormone Disorders… from surgery to somatostatin 1 Quiz 10/05/2023
learning outcomes
  • Understand the significance of growth hormone disorders in small animal practice.
  • What is the best way to diagnose these conditions?
  • Learn about the intricacies of treatment options.
Lesson 7: Diabetes Mellitus… not that sweet 1 Quiz 15/05/2023
learning outcomes
  • The differences between cats and dogs.
  • Review the challenges of diagnosis and the possibility of concurrent disease.
  • Understand the most up to date options for insulin choice and monitoring.
Lesson 8: DKA… Don’t sugar-coat it! 1 Quiz 22/05/2023
learning outcomes
  • Understand the pathophysiology and clinical signs of DKA
  • Learn how to better manage DKA patients
  • Learn how to get the most from your in house diagnostics
Live Q&A and Case Discussion (Thurs 25/05/23 @ 8pm BST) 23/05/2022
learning outcomes
  • Your chance to discuss any cases you are struggling with.
  • We will bring along a few interesting cases too!

Meet the speakers

Scott Kilpatrick

Director, Internal Medicine Specialist

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 Chester. In 2023 he was awarded Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (FRCVS) for his meritorious contribution to clinical practice.

Yvonne McGrotty

Internal Medicine Specialist

Yvonne graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1997. After 2 years in small animal practice, she returned to Glasgow Vet School where she completed a residency in small animal medicine. Yvonne was awarded the European Diploma in Small Animal Medicine in 2006 and is both a RCVS and European Veterinary Specialist in Internal Medicine. Yvonne has more than 20 years of experience working in private referral practices across the UK and in France. Yvonne joined IDEXX part time in October 2013 as an internal medicine consultant and continues to work in private referral practice in Angers, France. Yvonne has contributed to many veterinary publications and book chapters including the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Clinical Pathology. She has a particular passion for critical care medicine, endoscopy and haematology and has recently been lucky enough to be involved with endoscopy of big cats and other zoo animals. In her spare time, she likes exploring the French countryside by bike.

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