Finding your way through small animal clinical practice

15 weeksPrimary Care

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, opthalmology, neurology and clinical wellness.

The course runs over a fifteen week period and takes around 16 hours to complete. You will have access to the recorded material for 6 months.

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Course Content

Lesson 1: The thirsty patient Available on 06/09/2021 8:00 am 06/09/2021
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 Available on 13/09/2021 8:00 am 13/09/2021
learning outcomes
  • Review the common reasons for coughing in our small animal patients.
  • 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: Getting them to sleep is keeping you awake Available on 20/09/2021 8:00 am 20/09/2021
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 4: Thoracic radiography in practice Available on 27/09/2021 8:00 am 27/09/2021
learning outcomes
  • Get the most from your radiographic technique.
  • Develop a system for looking at thoracic radiographs.
  • Recognise and differentiate various radiographic presentations in the dyspnoeic patient.
Lesson 5: Abdominal radiography in practice Available on 04/10/2021 8:00 am 04/10/2021
learning outcomes
  • Assess and optimise radiographic quality
  • Develop a system for looking at abdominal radiographs
  • Recognise obstructive gastrointestinal patterns on radiographs
Lesson 6: The itchy patient Available on 11/10/2021 8:00 am 11/10/2021
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 7: The bleeding patient Available on 18/10/2021 8:00 am 18/10/2021
learning outcomes
  • Understand the pathophysiology of haemostasis.
  • Review the diagnosis of the most common haemostatic disorders.
  • Treatment… what transfusion options do we have?
Lesson 8: Live Q&A and Case Discussion (Wed 20/10/21 @ 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 9: Approaching the abdomen Available on 01/11/2021 8:00 am 01/11/2021
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 10: Coping with collapse Available on 08/11/2021 8:00 am 08/11/2021
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 11: Keep your eye on the prize Available on 15/11/2021 8:00 am 15/11/2021
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 12: Managing the GI patient Available on 22/11/2021 8:00 am 22/11/2021
learning outcomes
  • Feel comfortable treating the patient with acute gastrointestinal signs.
  • Chronic problems… How to investigate?
  • Treatment… from steroids to faecal transplantation.
Lesson 13: The neurological patient Available on 29/11/2021 8:00 am 29/11/2021
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 14: Keeping your clinical cool Available on 06/12/2021 8:00 am 06/12/2021
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 15: Live Q&A and Case Discussion (Wed 8/12/21 @ 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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