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Love your liver: Liver Disease in dogs and cats?

5th July 2021 - 30th August 2021


This veterinary thought exchange online tutored course takes a more detailed look at the investigation and management of liver disease in dogs and cats.

The liver plays a critical role in many biologic processes essential to life. The liver has a remarkable regenerative capacity after significant loss. However, liver diseases associated with fibrosis, inflammation or viral infections impair this regenerative process and liver function deteriorates. Liver enzymes can become increased for many reasons, not always due to primary liver disease. Clinical signs can also be non-specific, which can make diagnosis challenging. We will cover diseases of the liver from acute toxicity to portosystemic shunts.

The course is run by our very own Scott Kilpatrick (EBVS and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine). The course runs over an eight-week period and takes around 10 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.

This course is kindly sponsored by Protexin.




Course Curriculum:

Lesson 1: Diagnosis of Liver Disease… which enzymes matter?

  • Get the most out of your biochemistry… which enzymes really matter?
  • Understand what truly tells us about liver function.
  • Ultrasound and FNA… what’s really useful?
Lesson 2: Treatment of Liver Disease… what actually works?

  • Review the evidence surrounding the treatment of liver disease.
  • Understand if there is really a role for steroids and antibiotics.
  • Consolidate your understanding of copper and its management.
Lesson 3: Canine Inflammatory/Infectious Liver Disease

  • Learn the most common infectious diseases to affect the liver.
  • Inflammation in the liver… does it really matter?
  • When to biopsy and how.
Lesson 4: Feline Inflammatory/Infectious Liver Disease

  • Cats are not small dogs… and why.
  • Review the most common causes of feline liver disease.
  • How does treatment differ… cats and dogs?
LIVE Q&A and Case Discussion Thursday 5th August 2021 (8-9pm GMT)

  • Take away advice from the discussion and apply to your cases in practice.
  • We will bring along a few interesting cases too!
Lesson 5: Hepatic Vascular Anomalies… its all in the shunt.

  • How much does the blood tell us… ammonia to bile acids?
  • Review the imaging modality of choice.
  • Surgical vs medical… what is the best treatment?
Lesson 6: Metabolic and Toxic Diseases of the Liver… why is the Scottie special?

  • Review the most common drugs that cause liver damage.
  • Understand the most common metabolic cause of liver disease.
  • What is the best treatment and does the Scottie dog care?
Lesson 7: Diseases of the Gallbladder… do you care about the sludge?

  • Review the most common disorders of the gallbladder.
  • What is gallbladder sludge, and do we need to treat?
  • What does the evidence say regarding treatment of gallbladder disease?
LIVE Q&A and Case Discussion Thursday 2nd September 2021 (8-9pm GMT)

  • Take away advice from the discussion and apply to your cases in practice.
  • We will bring along a few interesting cases too!

Course Benefits:

  • Course written and delivered by Internal Medicine specialist.
  • Eight weeks access to video recorded tutor lessons and discussion forums.
  • Brilliant value for money- 10 hours certified CPD for only £150!
  • 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.

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