Small animal courses
Small animal courses
This course will cover the approach to those problematic canine endocrine cases that we are all plagued by. In particular these are the dogs that exhibit clinical features suggesting endocrinopathy but diagnostic testing has failed to lead to a clear diagnosis.
The interactive case-based format will provide a problem-oriented approach enabling the differentials to be systemically investigated and a diagnosis to be reached. The management options for these cases will also be discussed in the light of the cascade. The course will have a particular emphasis on the approach and management of these cases in general practice. We will work through 3 cases based on adrenocortical hyperfunction, atypical thyroid disease and the complex diabetic.
This practical one–day hands-on course will focus on linking anatomy with clinical conditions in sporting/working dogs, but with relevance to non-sporting/working dogs. The course is very much hands-on with various interactive tasks to explain the biomechanics. Delegates will also be able to view and handle museum specimens and dissections of key areas of the MSK system in order to strengthen their understanding of MSK function and disease.
The course will cover the history and evolution of ESFs, systems currently available and the individual components of an ESF frame. Delegates will learn the basic principle and rules of ESF application and how to correctly plan ESF application to a fracture. Delegates will practice what they have learnt by applying a linear ESF to bone models. Different types of ESF frames will be applied to the bone models; this will illustrate how frame configuration influences construct stiffness.
This course is an introduction to internal fixation, with a focus on plates and screws. The implants will be introduced with an emphasis on how they work and why, as well as an introduction to the associated instrumentation. The principles of internal fixation will be covered, and how to ensure these rules are followed. Specifically lag and position screws, and plating techniques including compression, neutralisation, bridging will be covered. The course will also include pre-operative planning of internal fixation, potential complications and how to overcome them.
This practical lecture based course is meant to offer a guide to the safe handling of chemotherapy in veterinary practice. The course will cover general principles of the use of chemotherapy and describe the chemotherapy drugs and protocols most commonly used to treat cancer patients in general practice. The delegates will learn step-by-step the correct technique for the safe preparation and administration of chemotherapy drugs in order to avoid or minimise adverse effects and achieve the best outcome in terms of survival and quality of life. A full lecture will be dedicated to the very important topic of health and safety of handling cytotoxic drugs in veterinary practice.
This highly interactive and practical two-day course will focus on how to get the most out of an abdominal ultrasound examination (including small abdominal structures). Presentations on each body system will consider imaging techniques, normal findings and common pathological changes. These are followed by practical scanning sessions supported by experienced tutors. Delegates will have the chance to use a range of ultrasound machines and get plenty of opportunity to practice their technique on a live dogs.
This highly interactive and practical one-day course will focus on how to get the most out of ultrasound machines, and how to image the major abdominal organs and the heart. Presentations on each body system will consider imaging techniques, normal findings and a brief overview of common pathological changes. These are followed by practical scanning sessions supported by experienced tutors. Delegates will have the chance to use a range of ultrasound machines and get plenty of opportunity to practice their technique on live dogs.
This interactive case-based course, will review the current understanding of the commonly encountered GI diseases in dogs and cats and link this to the evidence behind the most appropriate treatments for each condition. The course is particularly aimed at primary care practitioners with an interest in small animal medicine and focus on the approach to such cases, including identifying the salient problems, formulate differential diagnosis lists and develop diagnostic plans. An important aspect of the day will be to discuss treatment strategies that can be achieved without referral. This course will use state of the art anonymous voting software to get everyone involved in decision making – a key learning objective for the course.
This practical one–day hands-on Masterclass course will focus on the dissection of the MSK system of the horse and dog. Clinical relevance and biomechanics will be integrated into the teaching as a series of short lectures to break the dissection into sections. Delegates will have access to the dissection facilities together with museum specimens.
This practical one–day hands-on course will focus on the latest approaches for the creation of an effective practice parasite control policy. The course will discuss the key and contentious issues relating to the creation and implementation of such a parasiticide policy. Emphasis will be placed on the role and importance that each member of the practice team has for the successful implementation of this policy. A concise and simple algorithm to help gather critical information from clients will be provided. The course will include numerous opportunities for hands-on wet lab practical exercises including quantitative faecal egg counts, nematode larval isolation, ectoparasite identification, etc.
This practical one day course will focus on the generation and interpretation of basic cardiac ultrasound images in the dog. The course will provide an overview of the equipment and facilities needed and cover the techniques used in the generation and interpretation of right parasternal long and short axis echocardiographic images. The delegates will enjoy the oppoertunity to carry our echocardiography in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science's teaching laboratory with a significant proportion of the time dedicated to "hands-on" echo.
This one day course will be structured around case based sessions in small animal neurology. The course will use a series of case based scenarios to explore the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of common neurological cases. There will be time to consider more complex treatment options when primary treatment measures are unsuccessful.
It is hoped that in all sessions there is an interactive component to the delivery allowing the problems experienced previously by the delegates in the management of neurological conditions to be explored and alternative strategies proposed. Delegates are encouraged to bring along to the course details of clinical cases which they have previously struggled to promote discussion.
The aim of this one day course is to present a systematic approach to small animal neurology and will cover how to approach the small animal neurological case logically in first opinion practice to achieve the best outcome. The course will build from a basic neurological examination with practical hints and application through a series of scenario based sessions to assist in producing lesion localisation and differential diagnoses
Clinical Audit, where veterinary surgeons review their practice against standards and identify solutions, is now recognised as an effective mechanism for improving the quality of patient care. Audit is essential to provide a structure to reflect and change. This course will enable the practitioner to understand clinical audit and appreciate the important role of audit in veterinary practice as outlined by the RCVS as well as improve the health of patients by addressing the causes of sub-optimal outcomes in patient care. The course includes one hour pre-course and two hour post-course assignments, making a total of 10 hours CPD and includes lectures and workshops. This course is open to all practising veterinary surgeons and practice managers.
Make the most of this fantastic opportunity to understand what evidence-based veterinary medicine is, how you can achieve it practically, and apply it across all aspects of your work. This training has 3 distinct components and will be delivered through a flexible mixture of online tutorials, distance learning and in person workshops with excellent guidance and support provided throughout. You also get free online access to the library at Nottingham for the duration of the course.
The three components of the course are: