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 course, for the general practitioner, is a practical guide to the correct diagnosis and management of the most frequent cancers in cats. The course will be taught using interactive discussion of clinical cases. Subject matter will include the role of clinical stage in a patient’s prognosis, the general and specific options for therapy, and the importance of prompt diagnosis and management of affected cases. For each neoplasm and clinical stage, multiple treatment options will be discussed, including both palliative options and those to suit the expectations and budget of the client.
Required delegate attributes:
This course, for the general practitioner, is a practical guide to the correct diagnosis and management of the most frequent cancers in dogs. The course will be taught using interactive discussion of clinical cases. Subject matter will include the role of clinical stage in a patient’s prognosis, the general and specific options for therapy, and the importance of prompt diagnosis and management of affected cases. For each neoplasm and clinical stage, multiple treatment options will be discussed, including both palliative options and those to suit the expectations and budget of the client.
Topics to be covered:
Diagnosis and current therapy options for:
For each tumour type the participants will learn the principle and advances in:
Required delegate attributes or who this course is suitable for:
General practitioners at any level of experience. The course can be an introduction for the least experienced or work as an update for example certificate holders. General principles of diagnosis and treatment are discussed alongside the most recent advances and rescue protocols through both simple and complex cases.
The exploratory coeliotomy is a commonly performed operation in veterinary practice. It should be regarded as an opportunity to examine the entire abdominal cavity, and surgeons should avoid the temptation to treat only the obvious lesion prior to closure of the peritoneal cavity. It is also important to biopsy relevant viscera both in cases with obvious lesions and in those showing no apparent pathology. The lectures will provide an overview of normal surgical abdominal anatomy in both the dog and cat. Video presentations will be used to show techniques than can be used to biopsy all of the major abdominal viscera. Practical tips and tricks for performing a successful exploratory coeliotomy will be stressed. In addition, lectures and video presentations will also cover some common surgical procedures such as gastrotomy, enterotomy and enterectomy. There will be an opportunity to practice some of these techniques in the dry lab setting.
In this course we will discuss the diagnosis and management of the canine and feline liver and pancreatic disorders commonly encountered in primary care practice. Case examples will be used to provide clinical relevance, and the use of anonymous interactive voting software will enhance the delegate’s experience.
Using real-life clinical cases, this course will review some of the more commonly identified immune-mediated diseases in small animal patients. We will use state of the art anonymous voting software to facilitate group participation during the case-based discussions.
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.
Dogs and cats presenting with bleeding disorders can be daunting and it is vital to have a logical approach to their diagnosis and management. A wide selection of case-based examples will be used to discuss and illustrate the management of common presentations seen in primary care practice.
This course will provide delegates with a practical case-based approach to those more difficult cases of acute and chronic gastrointestinal disease. A systematical protocol for work up will demonstrated, and will include how to use the nuances of history and clinical signs to help guide you, as well as what diagnostic tests are appropriate and when to use them.
This practical lecture-based course offers 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 be taught the correct techniques for safe preparation and administration of chemotherapy drugs in a step-wise manner, in order to avoid or minimise adverse effects, achieving the best outcome in terms of survival and quality of life. One entire lecture will be dedicated to the very important topic of health and safety of handling cytotoxic drugs in veterinary practice.
Using real-life cases, this course will review a wide variety of small animal medical disorders, and teach delegates how to identify salient problems, formulate differential diagnoses lists and diagnostic plans, interpret the results of diagnostic tests and understand the latest treatment options. We will use state of the art anonymous voting software to facilitate group participation during the discussion sessions.
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.
There is an increasing availability of CT in general practice and consequently a larger requirement for general practitioners to understand the usefulness of CT and what cases are more likely to benefit from a CT examination. This course is designed to give a better understanding of the advantages, and importantly, the limitations of CT for use in general practice.
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 course will deal with the basic principles and practical applications of locoregional anaesthetic techniques in small animal anaesthesia, focusing on techniques that can be safely performed outside the referral setting. The cost-benefit of more advanced techniques, for example use of peripheral nerve stimulators and ultrasound, will also be discussed. The approach to the course will focus on the patient and the procedure performed, rather than the technique itself, with maximum benefit for the delegates.
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 course looks to build on the initial tricky medicine cases course and will use the same interactive case-based format. We will review a wide variety of small animal medical disorders, and continue to work on identification of and organization of clinical problems along with formulation and prioritization of differential diagnosis lists, focusing on diagnostic plans. It will help delegates interpret the results of diagnostic tests and understand the latest treatment options. We will use state of the art anonymous voting software to facilitate group participation in decision making and during the case discussion sessions.
Understanding how to review current literature on key subjects
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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 course aims to improve theoretical skills specifically around critical case stabilization and monitoring, local anaesthetic techniques and fluid therapy. It also involves planning anaesthesia for more challenging cases. Delegates are encouraged to bring their own cases for discussion.
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 will be 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 details of awkward and difficult clinical cases to the course for review and 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:
Wound tension and the need for reconstruction is a problem that is faced daily in veterinary practice. This course aims to uncover the principals of wound tension and its management. The course will cover ways to close simple wounds under moderate tension to more advanced wounds under greater tension using a combination of surgical principles. The lectures will be informative yet based on actual clinical cases with step-by-step photos on how to perform each surgery.