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Finding your way through small animal clinical practice

9th June 2021 - 6th December 2021


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 fourteen week period and takes around 16 hours to complete. You will have access to the recorded material for 6 months.




Course Curriculum:

Lesson 1: The thirsty patient

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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: Strike a pose… Getting the most out of radiography

  • Discuss the most appropriate indications for radiography in practice.
  • Understand thoracic pathology… those challenging lung patterns!
  • Review common abdominal pathology… is it obstructed or not?
Lesson 5: The itchy patient

  • 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 6: The bleeding patient

  • Understand the pathophysiology of haemostasis.
  • Review the diagnosis of the most common haemostatic disorders.
  • Treatment… what transfusion options do we have?
Live Q&A and Case Discussion – Wednesday the 20th October 2021 (8-9pm) GMT

  • 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 7: Approaching the abdomen

  • How to surgically approach the abdomen
  • What are the common indications for an abdominal exploration?
  • Understand how to deal with common surgical complications.
Lesson 8: Coping with collapse

  • 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 9: Keep your eye on the prize

  • 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 10: Managing the GI patient

  • Feel comfortable treating the patient with acute gastrointestinal signs.
  • Chronic problems… How to investigate?
  • Treatment… from steroids to faecal transplantation.
Lesson 11: The neurological patient

  • 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: Keeping your clinical cool

  • 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.
Live Q&A and Case Discussion – Wednesday the 8th December 2021 (8-9pm) GMT

  • 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!

Course Benefits:

  • Course written and delivered by Specialists
  • Six months access to video recorded tutor lessons
  • 14 weeks access to discussion forum
  • Live Q&A sessions with our speakers
  • Brilliant value for money – 16 hours certified CPD for only £275!
  • Learn without travelling or paying for accommodation, childcare or doggy care!
  • Learn in the comfort of your own home and at a time that suits you.
  • Watch the recordings on your iPad, mobile, PC or tablet
  • Get 30% off annual membership by buying this course.

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