Gastrointestinal disease… Every bite they take (2022)

14 weeksInternal Medicine16 CPD hours

This veterinary thought exchange online tutored course takes a more detailed look at the investigation and management of gastrointestinal diseases in dogs and cats. Gastrointestinal diseases are common in small animal veterinary practice, but their investigation can be confusing and their management very challenging. What really is the microbiome and how much should I care? Why should we be stepping away from the omeprazole? Does inflammatory bowel disease really exist and what are the treatment options? Why is pancreatitis still such a challenge? 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 a 14-week period and takes around 16 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.

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Course Content

Lesson 1: Regurgitation and dysphagia… Don’t drop the ball! 28/02/2022
learning outcomes
  • Understand the pathophysiology of regurgitation and dysphagia.
  • Review the most common differential diagnosis for these presenting signs.
  • Consider the best treatment options with a particular focus on the challenges of medical management.
Lesson 2: Vomiting… get it all up! 07/03/2022
learning outcomes
  • Understand the pathophysiology of vomiting.
  • Review the options for diagnosis… is radiography enough?
  • Learn about the most up to date treatment considerations… medicine vs surgery!
Lesson 3: Gastroprotectants, antiemetics and appetite stimulants 14/03/2022
learning outcomes
  • The differences between cats and dogs… Is there one?
  • Review the most up to date evidence surrounding gastroprotection… step away from the omeprazole!
  • Understand the role of appetite stimulation and when it is an appropriate intervention.
Lesson 4: Diarrhoea… Large or small? (Part 1) 21/03/2022
learning outcomes
  • Review the most common causes of diarrhoea in dogs and cats.
  • What is the microbiome and why do we care?
  • Understand the most logical approach to the investigation of these cases.
Lesson 5: Diarrhoea… Large or small? (Part 2) 28/03/2022
learning outcomes
  • Review the role of antibiotics in acute and chronic cases of diarrhoea.
  • What treatment role do probiotics play?
  • Understand the rationale for other treatment options… prednisolone and beyond.
Lesson 6: Dietary management (Part 1) 04/04/2022
learning outcomes
  • Understand which diets are effective in acute vomiting.
  • Review the dietary options for chronic enteropathies.
  • Hydrolysed, exclusion and hypoallergenic; Discuss what these terms really mean.
Lesson 7: LIVE Q&A and Case Discussion (8-9pm) 11th April 2022 11/04/2022
learning outcomes
  • Your chance to discuss any cases you are struggling with.
  • We will bring along a few interesting cases too!
Lesson 8: Pancreatitis… Still a challenge? (Part 1) 18/04/2022
learning outcomes
  • Pathophysiology… what do we know?
  • What is the difference between acute and chronic pancreatitis?
  • What is the difference between pancreatitis in dogs and cats?
Lesson 9: Pancreatitis… Still a challenge? (Part 2) 25/04/2022
learning outcomes
  • Discuss the diagnostic challenges in cases of pancreatitis.
  • What is the best treatment option… are steroids still off the cards?!
  • What are the best strategies to manage pancreatitis long term?
Lesson 10: Cobalamin… To B or not to B? 02/05/2022
learning outcomes
  • What is cobalamin and why do we care?
  • Are we measuring cobalamin accurately?
  • What is the most appropriate way of supplementing cobalamin?
Lesson 11: Dietary management (Part 2) 09/05/2022
learning outcomes
  • Discuss the best dietary options for the acute and chronic management of pancreatitis.
  • Review the options for dietary management of patients with feeding tubes in place.
  • Discuss the best options for dietary management in hospitalised patients.
Lesson 12: Feeding Tubes 18/05/2022
learning outcomes
  • When are feeding tubes appropriate?
  • Which tube should I chose and why?
  • A practical guide to feeding tube placement.
Lesson 13: Gastrointestinal Neoplasia… More than just lymphoma 23/05/2022
learning outcomes
  • Recognising common GI neoplasia
  • Understanding the basics of a diagnostic workup, including when to ask for additional tests.
  • An overview of different treatment options and what can be done
  • An awareness of prognosis, (what can I tell the owners with the results that I have?)
Lesson 14: LIVE Q&A and Case Discussion (8-9pm) 6th June 2022 30/05/2022
learning outcomes
  • Your chance to discuss any cases you are struggling with.
  • We will bring along a few interesting cases too!

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