Feline Practice

Orange, CA 7 Mar 2019
Boston, MA 16 May 2019

Feline Practice

GPCert in Feline Practice


Taught by world-class speakers, this outstanding program offers an in-depth look at common and more challenging feline issues through interactive and case-based sessions. This program will assist you in consolidating your knowledge of feline medicine and surgery to help you develop an informed, clinical approach to feline patients. Individual modules advance your knowledge and skills in a specific area while the full program prepares you for the ISVPS assessments that are required to earn a GPCert (General Practitioner Certificate).

Class size limited to create an optimal learning experience and environment.

Who should attend?

All veterinarians with a special interest in feline practice that want to achieve a medium-high level of expertise, increase skills, knowledge, and confidence in dealing with more complex cases offering familiar and local treatment that will accelerate diagnosis and treatment.

Price Includes:

• Copy of August's Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine – Volume 7

• Access to our learning management platform including a notes library, discussion forums, and other study resources

• Coffee breaks and lunch

• ISVPS examination fee


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Course Details

Location:
Orange, CA

  Start Date:
7 Mar 2019

Location:
Boston, MA

  Start Date:
16 May 2019

Modules:
16 Days

d Category:
Feline

} Schedule:
09:00 AM to 5:00 PM

CE Hours:
128



This course is accredited by ISVPS and allows you to achieve a General Practitioner Certificate.


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01 Feline Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Diagnosis
7 Mar 2019 | Orange, California

Key learning objectives:

 

• Have a thorough knowledge of sampling techniques, the limitations of technology and equipment and the factors that can generate artefacts or abnormalities

• Interpret results and propose further investigations where appropriate

• Understand the methodology involved in the generation of hematology, biochemistry and cytology profiles

• Have an awareness of the various diagnostic tests for endocrine and infectious diseases (viral, parasitic – including heartworm – and bacterial) techniques and interpretation

• Recall the cytology of hemic and non-hemic cell populations, both reactive and neoplastic, and have the ability to trace or plot maturation and degeneration pathways in blood, fluid and tissue smears

 


Speaker: James 'Scot' Estep
02 Feline Endocrinology
8 Mar 2019 | Orange, California

Key learning objectives:

 

• Define the clinical signs of feline endocrine diseases and understand their pathogenesis – including hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, acromegaly, hyperaldosteronism and hyperadrenocorticism

• Understand the principles of key diagnostic tests and their application for the above feline endocrine diseases

• Understand the management of common feline endocrine diseases and know how to approach complications such as diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar syndrome

 


Speaker: Susan Little
03 Feline Urinary Tract
9 Mar 2019 | Orange, California

Key learning objectives:

• Understand the causes of renal dysfunction, the presentation and diagnostic tests utilized in cats with clinical signs of kidney disease (including acute/chronic kidney disease, neoplasia, and inherited diseases)

• Understand the causes and emergency treatment of acute kidney injury

• Explain the pathophysiology of renal dysfunction and the importance/ significance of hyperphosphatemia, anemia, proteinuria, and hypertension

• Apply knowledge of the International Renal Interest Society staging scheme for chronic kidney disease to patient treatment, monitoring, and prognosis

• Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the available treatments for chronic kidney disease, including phosphate binders, ACE inhibitors, and dietary modification

• Approach diseases of the lower urinary tract including idiopathic cystitis, urolithiasis, urinary tract infections, and neoplasia and understand their differentiation, risk factors, treatment, and dietary management


Speaker: Susan Little
04 Feline Musculoskeletal Disease
10 Mar 2019 | Orange, California

Key learning objectives:

 

• Perform an orthopedic examination and be familiar with the presentation of osteoarthritis in the cat

• Understand the value of radiography, synoviocentesis, muscle and nerve biopsies

• Describe the common myopathies including their presentation, diagnosis and treatment

• Apply first aid techniques to fracture patients

• Explain the principles of orthopedic surgery and the approach to the repair of common fractures

 


Speaker: Denis Marcellin-Little
05 Feline Ophthalmology
6 Jun 2019 | Orange, California

Key learning objectives:

• Understand the normal feline eye and use readily available diagnostic equipment and disposables in feline ophthalmic cases

• Recognize those ophthalmic conditions which are unique to the cat or are particularly important in this species

• Understand how to perform common surgical procedures pertinent to feline ophthalmology

• Approach the medical management of ophthalmic patients and know when to refer


Speaker:
06 Feline Dermatology
7 Jun 2019 | Orange, California

Key learning objectives:

• Formulate a differential diagnosis and investigation plan (including laboratory investigations) for common dermatological presentations including alopecia, pruritus, infectious and auto-immune conditions, allergic skin disease and neoplasia

• Have knowledge of treatment strategies for common dermatological presentations including alopecia, pruritus, infectious and auto-immune conditions, allergic skin disease and neoplasia

• Be aware of and be able to recognize the dermatological manifestations of systemic disease


Speaker:
07 Feline Liver, Pancreas and Gastrointestinal Tract
8 Jun 2019 | Orange, California

Key learning objectives:

• Know how to investigate and manage common medical conditions affecting the feline esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, liver and pancreas

• Describe the various tests used in the diagnosis of liver and pancreatic disease and the management options for the common hepatic medical disorders

• Approach the nutritional management of disorders of the liver, pancreas and gastrointestinal tract


Speaker: Adam Rudinsky
08 Feline Oncology, Lymphatic and Hematopoietic Disease
9 Jun 2019 | Orange, California

Key learning objectives:

• Understand the clinical relevance of tumor biology and be able to discuss the most common neoplasms of the major organ systems

• Evaluate the evidence base to make rational treatment decisions for feline cancer patients

• Understand the importance of biopsy and staging in therapy decision making, counselling and support

• Explain the function of bone marrow and the differential diagnosis of anemia, hematopoietic disease and coagulopathies

Some independent home based study is required to complete this course.


Speaker:
09 Feline Neurology
12 Sep 2019 | Orange, California

Key learning objectives:

• Understand the clinical signs associated with neurological disease

• Perform a neurological assessment and understand what the tests evaluate and their interpretation

• Understand how to localize lesions and the value this provides to the clinician

• Plan a neurological investigation and understand the major feline neurological diseases on the basis of localization

• Approach abnormalities including seizures, spinal cord and cranial nerve abnormalities and peripheral neurological diseases


Speaker: Nicholas Jeffery
10 Feline Behavior
13 Sep 2019 | Orange, California

Key learning objectives:

  • Consolidate your understanding of normal cat behaviour
  • Understand the clinical causes of feline behavioural problems
  • Formulate an approach to common problems such as inappropriate toiletting, spraying, aggression and compulsive disorders
  • Review and apply strategies for improving core territory security
  • Have a good knowledge of the principal behavioural modifying drugs, their use and potential side effects


Speaker: Debra Horwitz
11 Feline Anesthesia and Surgical Principles
14 Sep 2019 | Orange, California

Key learning objectives:

• Understand a range of parenteral and inhalational anesthetic regimes including the pharmacokinetics of different anesthetics and monitoring techniques available

• Apply knowledge gained to surgical asepsis and theatre protocol

• Rationally utilize antibiotics in surgical patients

• Be familiar with suture materials and patterns, surgical instruments and tissue handling

• Plan surgery, apply hemostatic techniques and manage crises

• Approach the management and reconstruction of wounds


Speaker: Catriona MacPhail
12 Feline Cardiology
15 Sep 2019 | Orange, California

Key learning objectives:

• Recognize the importance of a detailed history and clinical examination of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems in the diagnosis of cardiopulmonary diseases

• Understand the common causes of heart disease in cats

• Understand the central importance of blood pressure in the pathophysiology of cardiac disease in cats and know how to discriminate the causes of hypertension in this species

• Recognize the crucial role of high quality imaging modalities (especially ultrasonography and radiology) in the differential diagnosis of feline cardiopulmonary diseases


Speaker:
13 Feline Respiratory Medicine
9 Jan 2020 | Orange, California

Key learning objectives:

• Approach the common presentations of respiratory disease including nasal discharge, epistaxis, coughing, stertor, stridor, sneezing and reverse sneezing

• Diagnose and treat upper respiratory tract diseases, both acute (infectious) and chronic (inflammatory or infectious or neoplastic in origin)

• Formulate an approach to allergic lower respiratory tract disease including differential diagnoses, investigation and treatment of allergic airway disease, parasitic disease and pulmonary fibrosis

• Understand pleural space disease including differential diagnoses, investigation and therapeutics


Speaker: Daniel Foy
14 Feline Critical Care and Emergency Case Management
10 Jan 2020 | Orange, California

Key learning objectives:

• Perform triage, assess patients, prioritize cases and undertake emergency monitoring and stabilization

• Be familiar with critical therapeutics including fluid and electrolyte therapy, transfusion medicine cardiovascular and respiratory support, analgesia and CPR

• Understand the effects, clinical signs and treatment for common toxicities including insecticides, molluscicides, rodenticides, herbicides, household preparations and plants


Speaker: Alex Lynch
15 Feline Infectious Diseases I
11 Jan 2020 | Orange, California

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe health and safety concerns and precautions relating to zoonoses
  • Understand the legislation and regulations relating to infectious diseases
  • Design and implement vaccination and preventative parasitic programmes
  • Approach the pathophysiology, diagnosis and, where appropriate, treatment of common viral diseases including FeLV, FIV and FIP
  • Diagnose and treat Haemoplasma infections


Speaker: Silvia Funes
16 Feline Infectious Diseases II
12 Jan 2020 | Orange, California

Key learning objectives:

  • 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


Speaker: Silvia Funes


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This course is accredited by ISVPS and allows you to achieve a General Practitioner Certificate.


Learn more


01 Feline Behavior
16 May 2019 | Boston

Key learning objectives:

  • Consolidate your understanding of normal cat behaviour
  • Understand the clinical causes of feline behavioural problems
  • Formulate an approach to common problems such as inappropriate toiletting, spraying, aggression and compulsive disorders
  • Review and apply strategies for improving core territory security
  • Have a good knowledge of the principal behavioural modifying drugs, their use and potential side effects


Speaker: John Ciribassi
02 Feline Urinary Tract
17 May 2019 | Boston

Key learning objectives:

• Understand the causes of renal dysfunction, the presentation and diagnostic tests utilized in cats with clinical signs of kidney disease (including acute/chronic kidney disease, neoplasia, and inherited diseases)

• Understand the causes and emergency treatment of acute kidney injury

• Explain the pathophysiology of renal dysfunction and the importance/ significance of hyperphosphatemia, anemia, proteinuria, and hypertension

• Apply knowledge of the International Renal Interest Society staging scheme for chronic kidney disease to patient treatment, monitoring, and prognosis

• Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the available treatments for chronic kidney disease, including phosphate binders, ACE inhibitors, and dietary modification

• Approach diseases of the lower urinary tract including idiopathic cystitis, urolithiasis, urinary tract infections, and neoplasia and understand their differentiation, risk factors, treatment, and dietary management


Speaker: Susan Little
03 Feline Endocrinology
18 May 2019 | Boston

Key learning objectives:

 

• Define the clinical signs of feline endocrine diseases and understand their pathogenesis – including hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, acromegaly, hyperaldosteronism and hyperadrenocorticism

• Understand the principles of key diagnostic tests and their application for the above feline endocrine diseases

• Understand the management of common feline endocrine diseases and know how to approach complications such as diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar syndrome

 


Speaker: Susan Little
04 Feline Critical Care and Emergency Case Management
19 May 2019 | Boston

Key learning objectives:

• Perform triage, assess patients, prioritize cases and undertake emergency monitoring and stabilization

• Be familiar with critical therapeutics including fluid and electrolyte therapy, transfusion medicine cardiovascular and respiratory support, analgesia and CPR

• Understand the effects, clinical signs and treatment for common toxicities including insecticides, molluscicides, rodenticides, herbicides, household preparations and plants


Speaker: Jennifer Devey
05 Feline Liver, Pancreas and Gastrointestinal Tract
5 Sep 2019 | Boston

Key learning objectives:

• Know how to investigate and manage common medical conditions affecting the feline esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, liver and pancreas

• Describe the various tests used in the diagnosis of liver and pancreatic disease and the management options for the common hepatic medical disorders

• Approach the nutritional management of disorders of the liver, pancreas and gastrointestinal tract


Speaker: Adam Rudinsky
06 Feline Dermatology
6 Sep 2019 | Boston

Key learning objectives:

• Formulate a differential diagnosis and investigation plan (including laboratory investigations) for common dermatological presentations including alopecia, pruritus, infectious and auto-immune conditions, allergic skin disease and neoplasia

• Have knowledge of treatment strategies for common dermatological presentations including alopecia, pruritus, infectious and auto-immune conditions, allergic skin disease and neoplasia

• Be aware of and be able to recognize the dermatological manifestations of systemic disease


Speaker: Amelia White
07 Feline Infectious Diseases I
7 Sep 2019 | Boston

Key learning objectives:

  • Describe health and safety concerns and precautions relating to zoonoses
  • Understand the legislation and regulations relating to infectious diseases
  • Design and implement vaccination and preventative parasitic programmes
  • Approach the pathophysiology, diagnosis and, where appropriate, treatment of common viral diseases including FeLV, FIV and FIP
  • Diagnose and treat Haemoplasma infections


Speaker: Silvia Funes
08 Feline Infectious Diseases II
8 Sep 2019 | Boston

Key learning objectives:

  • 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


Speaker: Silvia Funes
09 Feline Ophthalmology
5 Mar 2020 | Boston

Key learning objectives:

• Understand the normal feline eye and use readily available diagnostic equipment and disposables in feline ophthalmic cases

• Recognize those ophthalmic conditions which are unique to the cat or are particularly important in this species

• Understand how to perform common surgical procedures pertinent to feline ophthalmology

• Approach the medical management of ophthalmic patients and know when to refer


Speaker: Freya Mowat
10 Feline Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Diagnosis
6 Mar 2020 | Boston

Key learning objectives:

 

• Have a thorough knowledge of sampling techniques, the limitations of technology and equipment and the factors that can generate artefacts or abnormalities

• Interpret results and propose further investigations where appropriate

• Understand the methodology involved in the generation of hematology, biochemistry and cytology profiles

• Have an awareness of the various diagnostic tests for endocrine and infectious diseases (viral, parasitic – including heartworm – and bacterial) techniques and interpretation

• Recall the cytology of hemic and non-hemic cell populations, both reactive and neoplastic, and have the ability to trace or plot maturation and degeneration pathways in blood, fluid and tissue smears

 


Speaker: Rose Raskin
11 Feline Respiratory Medicine
7 Mar 2020 | Boston

Key learning objectives:

• Approach the common presentations of respiratory disease including nasal discharge, epistaxis, coughing, stertor, stridor, sneezing and reverse sneezing

• Diagnose and treat upper respiratory tract diseases, both acute (infectious) and chronic (inflammatory or infectious or neoplastic in origin)

• Formulate an approach to allergic lower respiratory tract disease including differential diagnoses, investigation and treatment of allergic airway disease, parasitic disease and pulmonary fibrosis

• Understand pleural space disease including differential diagnoses, investigation and therapeutics


Speaker:
12 Feline Musculoskeletal Disease
8 Mar 2020 | Boston

Key learning objectives:

 

• Perform an orthopedic examination and be familiar with the presentation of osteoarthritis in the cat

• Understand the value of radiography, synoviocentesis, muscle and nerve biopsies

• Describe the common myopathies including their presentation, diagnosis and treatment

• Apply first aid techniques to fracture patients

• Explain the principles of orthopedic surgery and the approach to the repair of common fractures

 


Speaker: Denis Marcellin-Little
13 Feline Cardiology
11 Jun 2020 | Boston

Key learning objectives:

• Recognize the importance of a detailed history and clinical examination of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems in the diagnosis of cardiopulmonary diseases

• Understand the common causes of heart disease in cats

• Understand the central importance of blood pressure in the pathophysiology of cardiac disease in cats and know how to discriminate the causes of hypertension in this species

• Recognize the crucial role of high quality imaging modalities (especially ultrasonography and radiology) in the differential diagnosis of feline cardiopulmonary diseases


Speaker:
14 Feline Anesthesia and Surgical Principles
12 Jun 2020 | Boston

Key learning objectives:

• Understand a range of parenteral and inhalational anesthetic regimes including the pharmacokinetics of different anesthetics and monitoring techniques available

• Apply knowledge gained to surgical asepsis and theatre protocol

• Rationally utilize antibiotics in surgical patients

• Be familiar with suture materials and patterns, surgical instruments and tissue handling

• Plan surgery, apply hemostatic techniques and manage crises

• Approach the management and reconstruction of wounds


Speaker: Catriona MacPhail
15 Feline Neurology
13 Jun 2020 | Boston

Key learning objectives:

• Understand the clinical signs associated with neurological disease

• Perform a neurological assessment and understand what the tests evaluate and their interpretation

• Understand how to localize lesions and the value this provides to the clinician

• Plan a neurological investigation and understand the major feline neurological diseases on the basis of localization

• Approach abnormalities including seizures, spinal cord and cranial nerve abnormalities and peripheral neurological diseases


Speaker: Simon Platt
16 Feline Oncology, Lymphatic and Hematopoietic Disease
14 Jun 2020 | Boston

Key learning objectives:

• Understand the clinical relevance of tumor biology and be able to discuss the most common neoplasms of the major organ systems

• Evaluate the evidence base to make rational treatment decisions for feline cancer patients

• Understand the importance of biopsy and staging in therapy decision making, counselling and support

• Explain the function of bone marrow and the differential diagnosis of anemia, hematopoietic disease and coagulopathies

Some independent home based study is required to complete this course.


Speaker: Ann Hohenhaus


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This course is accredited by ISVPS and allows you to achieve a General Practitioner Certificate.


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Payment Terms & Conditions;

1. The total price includes this course exam registration fees with ISVPS (International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies).

2. An initial payment is due on registration in order to secure the booking. This can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.

3. Full payment to be made within 30 days of the commencement of the course or 30 days before the first module in order to be eligible for the discounted rate.

4. Direct debit plans are administered and collected using a third part payment company charged monthly in your credit card.

5. Please contact us for pricing relating to corporate veterinary groups, multiple booking discounts.


Registration Information:

1. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first served basis.

2. Where all available places are full, applicants will be offered first refusal for the next available date.

3. Improve International reserves the right to close the intake early if the number of applications received exceeds the number of available places.

4. In order to secure a place you must pay an initial payment.

5. Confirmation and enrolment details will then be sent to applicants once we have received a completed application form.



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This course is accredited by ISVPS and allows you to achieve a General Practitioner Certificate.


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