Feline Practice

Orange, CA TBC
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: TBC

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: Catherine Milley

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: Katherine Skorupski

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: João Orvalho

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