Small Animal Medicine (2019/2020)


Specialist Tutors

10-15 hours per week


A completely online, comprehensive modular Small Animal Medicine program, with an easy route towards a recognised postgraduate certification

In 2019 we launch our first online-only modular Small Animal Medicine program.

This exciting new distance education program is interactive – with specialist-delivered content and tutoring.

The program is accredited by the European School of Veterinary Post Graduate Studies, for those wanting to pursue a Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine.

The two-year program, consisting of 20 modules*, will be delivered online (monthly modules delivered over 10 months each year). Delegates will benefit from high-quality material consisting of video lectures, quizzes, articles and demonstrations of clinical techniques, as well as support of a registered specialist as tutor for each module of the program.

This will be the only small animal medicine program in Australia with ESVPS accreditation, allowing veterinarians a pathway to enrol with the ESPVS and achieve a GPCert(SAM).

*Click on the Modules button above to see more information on subjects covered.

Transform your practice life with access to world-class teaching materials

20 varied modules

Covering key clinical subjects delivered over 26 months

Support and guidance from a module tutor who is a registered specialist

Specialist in the subject area will provide online support during each module and will be available to answer all your questions

Multiple learning processes

Presentations, written notes, interactive quizzes and exercises which test your knowledge as you work

Discussion forum

A discussion forum for conversation, debate and sharing cases with your peers and module tutors

Four sessions per month

Each module consists of four sessions spread over one month. Sessions comprise separate lessons and case-based studies to work through at your own pace

100% online

Giving you access 24/7 wherever you are using your laptop, tablet or even your mobile

Regular assessments

Pre-module and post-module assessments allowing you to evaluate your progress

Dedicated program tutor

A dedicated program tutor who will support you every step of the way

Interactive and engaging modules

Which allows you to absorb the learning materials in an online environment

Register your interest now and join us in 2019 to:

  • increase your skills, knowledge and confidence in dealing with complex medical cases
  • offer more advanced medical treatment options to your clients
  • reduce the need for external referrals and increase your practice’s capabilities and income
  • progress your career and pursue post nominal qualifications

Year 1 (May 2019 - Apr 2020)

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the rationale behind selection of appropriate tests for your patients
  • Consider the different sampling techniques and sample processing and identify factors that may affect them
  • Become familiar with the clinical pathology of hepatobiliary and renal disease
  • Structure your approach to anaemia to differentiate between non-regenerative and regenerative types before determining possible underlying causes
  • Transform your understanding of haemostasis to enable you to determine when, why and how it goes wrong
  • Use your knowledge to interpret laboratory data from clinical patients to help you prioritise further investigations

Key learning objectives:

  • Learn the basis of immune function and the immune response to better understand the pathophysiology of immune-mediated disease
  • Develop your diagnostic approach to common immune-mediated diseases in small animals
  • Transform your understanding of the basis of therapy for immune-mediated diseases
  • Discuss the use of common immunosuppressive therapies

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the principles and practical aspects of cytological sample collection, storage and preparation
  • Perfect your ability to describe the principles of routine cytological examination and how this informs a cytological diagnosis
  • Develop your haematological skills by becoming adept at interpreting both normal and abnormal haemograms, identifying
    reticulocytes and discovering platelet and white cell abnormalities
  • Transform your understanding of the different cytological characteristics of effusions, aspirates and lavage samples
  • Familiarise yourself with some of the conditions most commonly diagnosed by cytology

Key learning objectives:

  • Review the principles of radiography, radiology and the significance of radiation protection
  • Appreciate the use of contrast radiography in a variety of situations and using a variety of techniques
  • Understand the principles of ultrasound imaging
  • Familiarise yourself with the basic principles of advanced imaging
  • Compare and contrast CT and MRI as diagnostic tools

Key learning objectives:

  • Develop your understanding of deglutition and dysphagia
  • Familiarise yourself with the pathophysiology of:
    • Regurgitation
    • Acute and chronic vomiting
    • Diarrhoea
  • Enhance your diagnostic approach to gastrointestinal abnormalities
  • Describe the principles and basic use of endoscopy in the diagnosis of gastrointestinal disease and when it is indicated

Key learning objectives:

  • Improve your understanding of the pathophysiology of hepatic and hepatobiliary disease
  • Devise a systematic diagnostic approach to the jaundiced patient
  • Perfect your investigative approach to suspected hepatobiliary disease
  • Understand the pathophysiology of exocrine pancreatic disease
  • Describe the investigative approach to acute and chronic exocrine pancreatic diseases
  • Discuss the therapeutic options in hepatobiliary and pancreatic diseases

Key learning objectives:

  • Improve your understanding of the importance of a detailed and thorough physical examination
  • Integrate a dyspnoea algorithm into your investigations of respiratory disease
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of diagnostic aids in the investigation of respiratory disease: radiography, endoscopy, ultrasonography and cytology
  • Consolidate your knowledge of upper and lower airway disease, parenchymal and pleural space disease
  • Familiarise yourself with the principles of primary and ancillary respiratory therapeutic

Key learning objectives:

  • Get to grips with the underlying principles of endocrine anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology
  • Become familiar with the clinical signs and diagnostic approaches in cats and dogs with endocrine disorders such as:
    • Hypo- and hyperadrenocorticism – common and uncommon presentations
    • Hypo- and hyperthyroidism
    • Primary and Secondary hyperparathyroidism
  • Understand the basis of medical and (where appropriate) surgical management for diseases affecting the adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid glands

Key learning objectives:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the pathophysiology and clinical signs associated with endocrine pancreatic disease including insulinoma
  • Describe the investigation and management of diabetes mellitus and diabetic ketoacidosis in the dog and cat
  • Get to grips with understanding the causes of failure to control diabetes and the approach to the unstable diabetic patient
  • Understand the pathophysiology of pituitary endocrine diseases
  • Become familiar with the clinical signs, investigation and management of pituitary endocrine disease in the dog and cat

Key learning objectives:

  • Revise your understanding of the principles of functional neuroanatomy
  • Become adept at a thorough and systematic neurologic examination to help you localise lesions
  • List and understand further diagnostic techniques available to investigate neurologic disease
  • Consider the investigation and management of common neurologic syndromes
  • Understand the steps involved in the investigation into the aetiology of seizures in dogs and cats
  • Improve your ability to manage seizures in an emergency and longer term

Year 2 (May 2020 - Apr 2021)

Key learning objectives:

  • Be able to understand the principles of tumour biology and staging
  • Formulate a general investigative approach to the cancer patient
  • Develop your understanding of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgical oncology
  • Familiarise yourself with the therapeutic management of common canine and feline neoplasms
  • Enable yourself to recognise and manage common oncologic emergencies

Key learning objectives:

  • Extend your understanding of the principles and importance of a physical examination in patients with suspected cardiac disease
  • Familiarise yourself with the principles of electrocardiography
  • Integrate your understanding of the approach to electrocardiographic interpretation to help you identify common arrhythmias
  • Improve your evaluation of thoracic radiographs in reference to cardiac patients
  • Understand the basic principles of echocardiography and its role in diagnosis of cardiac disease

Key learning objectives:

  • Recognise and understand the events involved in the pathophysiology of cardiac failure
  • Define systolic and diastolic failure
  • Appreciate the species differences in prevalence of congenital and acquired cardiac diseases
  • Describe the major congenital cardiac diseases in dogs and cats
  • Transform your understanding of the pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of acquired valvular, myocardial and pericardial diseases
  • Familiarise yourself with the therapeutic options and their applications in patients with cardiac disease
  • Learn how to manage emergency cardiac patients for improved outcomes

Key learning objectives:

  • Familiarise yourself with a thorough and systematic approach to the assessment of the critically ill patient’s major body systems
  • Enhance your understanding of the minimum database and its interpretation
  • Implement your assessment of your patients when considering their fluid, electrolyte and transfusion requirements
  • Understand the principles and practical aspects of critical patient monitoring
  • Recognise imminent cardiopulmonary arrest more promptly
  • Learn how to select and apply both basic and advanced life support
  • Learn the best approach to the acute management of the dyspnoeic patient

Key learning objectives:

  • Compile a list of the major infectious diseases in dogs
  • Describe the diagnosis and management of common canine infectious diseases
  • Familiarise yourself with the clinical signs of significant imported diseases occurring in dogs
  • Understand the principles of vaccination and vaccination regimes
  • Understand the steps involved in the Pet Travel Scheme
  • List notifiable diseases in dogs

Key learning objectives:

  • Approach the pathophysiology, diagnosis and, where appropriate, treatment and management of common viral diseases in cats including FeLV, FIV and FIP and respiratory infections
  • Diagnose and treat Haemoplasma infections
  • Explain the diseases of hunting cats including toxoplasmosis, pox virus, mycobacterial disease and salmonellosis
  • Approach enteric infections of the cat including protozoal disease (Trichomonas foetus, Cryptosporidium, Giardia and Isospora) and bacterial/viral disease
  • Understand fungal mycoses
  • Control infectious and zoonotic disease in the home, clinic, shelters and cattery situations

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the diagnostic techniques available to investigate urinary disease
  • Delve into the detail of the pathophysiology of acute and chronic renal failure, glomerular disease and proteinuria
  • Develop your investigative approach into renal disease
  • Improve your therapeutic management of such cases

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe and understand the factors involved in the development of crystalluria and urolithiasis in cats and dogs
  • Understand the principles of management of lower urinary tract disease in cats and dogs
  • Explore the often complicated management of FLUTD and urethral obstruction
  • Examine the possible causes of urinary incontinence, their diagnosis and management
  • Classify canine prostatic diseases and understand their pathogenesis, diagnosis and medical management

Key learning objectives:

  • Develop a problem-solving approach to skin diseases
  • Describe the steps involved in dermatologic examination in cats and dogs
  • List and understand the techniques used for the laboratory investigation of skin disease and when they should be used
  • Recommend a rational problem-solving approach to the investigation and treatment of :
    • Alopecia
    • Pruritus
  • Become familiar with the common presentations of bacterial, parasitic and fungal skin disease
  • Identify common dermatologic manifestations of systemic disease and their pathogenesis

Key learning objectives:

  • Review common ophthalmic examination techniques:
    • Basic neuro-ophthalmological examination
    • Ophthalmoscopy: distant direct; close direct & indirect
    • Correct use of Fluorescein for corneal evaluation
    • Tonometry and gonioscopy
  • Get to grips with current ocular therapeutics: what do you need to have on your pharmacy shelf?
  • Familiarise yourself with the medical management of common ocular conditions
  • Identify the ocular manifestations of systemic diseases
  • Be able to recognise common ocular conditions that require surgery

Prices and booking

  • Payment in full A$8,990.00
  • Payment in 12 monthly instalments – $786.50 per month
  • Payment in 24 monthly instalments – A$393.25 per month

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