Finding your way through small animal clinical practice (2023)

17 weeksPrimary Care24 CPD hours

This course has been carefully created to provide a completely holistic approach to CPD for veterinary surgeons in small animal clinical practice. This course is aimed at all levels of veterinary surgeon, but is extremely well suited to new graduates or those returning to practice after some time away. The course is underpinned by a real-time discussion forum where you can ask any questions as you work your way through the lessons. There are also live Q&A sessions where you can chat with our speakers and other course delegates about the content or those challenging cases you may be seeing in practice that you might need some help with.

The course is run by our very own Scott Kilpatrick (EBVS and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine) and Liz Bode (EBVS and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Cardiology). Scott and Liz are joined by a variety of amazing specialist speakers from across the veterinary profession, talking on topics including: internal medicine, cardiology, anaesthesia & analgesia, dermatology, soft tissue surgery, ECC, ophthalmology, neurology and clinical wellness.

The course runs over a seventeen week period and takes around 24 hours to complete.

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.

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Course Content

Lesson 1: The thirsty patient 04/09/2023
learning outcomes
  • Review the logical approach to the patient with PUPD.
  • Understand the best ways to get the most out of your diagnostic tests… even when finances are limited, and you lack confidence using the ultrasound!
  • Consider the best treatment options for some of the most commonly diagnosed conditions causing PUPD
Lesson 2: How to crack the cough 11/09/2023
learning outcomes
  • Review the common reasons for coughing in dogs.
  • Understand how to differentiate between cardiac and non-cardiac cause of coughing.
  • What are the treatment options… more than just furosemide and steroids!
Lesson 3: The itchy patient 18/09/2023
learning outcomes
  • Adopt a logical approach to the pruritic patient.
  • What do I need to do diagnostically… From scrapes to cytology.
  • Review the current treatments that help to reduce the itch.
Lesson 4: Getting them to sleep is keeping you awake 25/09/2023
learning outcomes
  • Feel confident with common sedation and anaesthetic protocols.
  • Demystify the multiparameter monitoring… what do you really need to monitor?
  • Learn how to troubleshoot common anaesthetic complications and challenges.
Lesson 5: Abdominal radiography in practice 02/10/2023
learning outcomes
  • Assess and optimise radiographic quality
  • Develop a system for looking at abdominal radiographs
  • Recognise obstructive gastrointestinal patterns on radiographs
Lesson 6: Thoracic radiography in practice; a cardiologist 09/10/2023
learning outcomes
  • Develop a logical approach to thoracic radiograph interpretation.
  • Identify cardiomegaly and specific chamber enlargement – when should you pay attention to increased sternal contact?
  • Recognise various lung patterns and associated differential diagnosis.
Lesson 7: Nutrition and Wellness 16/10/2023
learning outcomes
  • Be able to discuss, with confidence, the basic nutritional needs of cats and dogs
  • Understand what can and cannot be learned from a pet food label or claim
  • The importance of wellness nutrition in cats and dogs
Lesson 8: Approaching the abdomen 23/10/2023
learning outcomes
  • How to surgically approach the abdomen
  • What are the common indications for an abdominal exploration?
  • Understand how to deal with common surgical complications.
Lesson 9: Live Q&A and Case Discussion (Thursday 26/10/2023 @ 8pm BST) Sample Lesson
learning outcomes
  • Ask any questions relating to the sessions.
  • Your chance to discuss any cases you are struggling with.
  • We will bring along a few interesting cases too!
Lesson 10: The bleeding patient 30/10/2023
learning outcomes
  • Understand the pathophysiology of haemostasis.
  • Review the diagnosis of the most common haemostatic disorders.
  • Treatment… what transfusion options do we have?
Lesson 11: The neurological patient 06/11/2023
learning outcomes
  • Getting the most out of the neurological exam.
  • Review your approach to the seizuring patient.
  • What investigations are actually useful in the neurological patient?
Lesson 12: Coping with collapse 13/11/2023
learning outcomes
  • Review the common causes of collapse… don’t panic!
  • Feel comfortable with the emergency diagnostic approach.
  • Treatment… when you don’t always know what you are treating.
Lesson 13: Keep your eye on the prize 20/11/2023
learning outcomes
  • The ophthalmic exam… what are you looking at?
  • Spotting the most common ophthalmic conditions in practice.
  • Treatment…more than just a couple of drops.
Lesson 14: Managing the GI patient 27/11/2023
learning outcomes
  • Feel comfortable treating the patient with acute gastrointestinal signs.
  • Chronic problems… How to investigate?
  • Treatment… from steroids to faecal transplantation.
Lesson 15: Nutrition and Disease 04/12/2023
learning outcomes
  • Understand the key features and benefits of a variety of clinical diets
  • Develop a greater understanding of when a clinical diet would be an appropriate choice for their patients
  • Gain the confidence to recommend diets more effectively in practice
Lesson 16: Keeping your clinical cool 11/12/2023
learning outcomes
  • Whole host of mindset and self-care techniques to help you go from feeling like ‘spinning plates’ to keeping your clinical cool.
  • Understanding our own neurophysiology to breathing techniques, gratitude, and delegation.
  • Tangible tips that you can consider adding to your own toolkit as a clinician.
Lesson 17: Live Q&A and Case Discussion (Wednesday 13/12/23 @ 8pm GMT)
learning outcomes
  • Ask any questions relating to the sessions.
  • Your chance to discuss any cases you are struggling with.
  • We will bring along a few interesting cases too!

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