Feline Medicine… Looking good, feline good! (2023)

9 weeksInternal Medicine11 CPD hours

This online tutored course will take an in depth look into feline medicine with Stephanie Sorrel (Feline Medicine Specialist), Scott Kilpatrick (Internal Medicine Specialist) and Dr. Liz Bode (Cardiology Specialist). We will be exploring a wide variety of disorders in different body systems and understand the best ways to investigate and treat these cases. Throughout the course we will be using real life examples to demonstrate how individual cases were investigated and treated in practice, and during the Live Q&A’s you will have the opportunity to discuss more complex cases.  The course will equip you with the knowledge required to investigate and treat the most common medical disorders seen in feline practice.

This course runs over a nine-week period and takes approximately 11 hours to complete. It is delivered via video webinars and supplemented with discussion forums and live Q&A case discussions with the course tutors, 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: Feline Gastrointestinal disease 1 Quiz 21/08/2023
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 2: Feline hepatobiliary disease and pancreatitis 1 Quiz 28/08/2023
learning outcomes
  • Understand how to approach the icteric cat
  • Understand how to differentiate hepatic and post hepatic causes of icterus and when surgery is required
  • Understand the benefit of biopsies in obtaining definitive diagnosis for hepatobiliary disease
  • Understand the causes of false positive with fPLi and how to definitively diagnose pancreatitis
Lesson 3: Anaemia 1 Quiz 04/09/2023
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 4: Urinary tract disorders 1 Quiz 11/09/2023
learning outcomes
  • Review IRIS guidelines and treatment options for chronic kidney disease
  • Understand the approach and management of ureteric obstructions
  • Understand the pathophysiology of Feline Idiopathic Cystitis and how to manage these patients and counsel owners
Lesson 5: Hyperthyroidism 1 Quiz 18/09/2023
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 6: Feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) 1 Quiz 25/09/2023
learning outcomes
  • Understand recent knowledge on FeLV pathogenesis,
  • Identify key features to be determined in FeLV infection
  • Understand frequently used FeLV detection methods, and their characteristics and interpretation
Lesson 7: Diabetes management and complications 1 Quiz 02/10/2023
learning outcomes
  • Review the literature to determine which types of insulin are most effective in cats
  • Understand how to manage cases in order to optimise remission
  • Understand risks of DKA and how treatment differs from a non-complicated diabetic
  • Understand the use of continuous glucose monitoring and when best to consider this
  • Learn about the association between diabetes and acromegaly in cats
  • Learn how to counsel owners and how to best manage cases according to owners’ finances
Lesson 8: Cardiac causes of dyspnoea 1 Quiz 09/10/2023
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
Lesson 9: Non cardiac causes of dyspnoea 1 Quiz 16/10/2023
learning outcomes
  • Learn how to stabilise a dyspnoeic patient
  • Review options for oxygen supplementation and the pros and cons
  • 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
Live Q&A Session (Wed 18/10/23 @ 8-9pm BST)
learning outcomes
  • Your chance to discuss any cases you are struggling with.
  • We will bring along a few interesting cases too!

Meet the speakers

Stephanie Sorrell

Feline Medicine Specialist

Stephanie graduated from the RVC and undertook her residency in Internal Medicine at Edinburgh University. She is a European Internal Medicine Specialist and RCVS Feline Specialist. She is the director of Canine and Feline Medicine Consultancy Ltd through which she provides locum internal medicine and feline medicine cover to private and university-based referral practices and is director of The Mindful Vet through which she provides bespoke CPD to practitioners. She is also a senior consultant at Virtual Veterinary Specialists. She has a passion for teaching and has lectured internationally as well as publishing original research papers in journals.

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.

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.

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