Endocrinology: Who’s in crisis?

9 weeksInternal Medicine

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 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).

Course Content

Lesson 1: Canine and Feline Hypothyroidism… do cats get that?!
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?!
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: Diabetes Mellitus… not that sweet
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 4: Diseases of the Parathyroid Gland… from calcium to calcitonin
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 5: Live Q&A and Case Discussion
learning outcomes
  • Your chance to discuss any cases you are struggling with.
  • We will bring along a few interesting cases too!
Lesson 6: Hyperadrenocorticism… What would Harvey say?
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 7: Hypoadrenocorticism… what would Obama do?
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 8: Canine and Feline Growth Hormone Disorders… from surgery to somatostatin
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 9: Live Q&A and Case Discussion
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

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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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