Feline Practice DL 2021 - NEW - APRIL 1st 2021

Feline Practice DL 2021

A two-year completely online, comprehensive Feline Practice study program – with a structured route towards postgraduate certification.

The Feline Practice Distance Learning Program (DL) is a new, completely online program – designed for veterinarians interested in and aiming to pursue post-graduate qualifications in feline practice.  

This innovative global program has been developed by a team of registered specialists and covers the core feline subject areas. The comprehensive teaching materials and interactive format allow you to gain knowledge, skills and build an informed clinical approach to your feline patients. 

Each of the 16 modules in the 20 month program is supported by a specialist tutor – to answer questions and support you on your learning journey. 

FeIine Practice DL is accredited by the International School of Veterinary Post Graduate Studies ISVPS as a training program for the General Practitioner Certificate in Feline Practice. *All registration fees for ISVPS are included in the course fees for this program 

This is only accredited path for GPCert in Feline Practice in Australia and New Zealand, allowing delegates to achieve a recognised post-nominal qualification, no matter where in the world they study. 

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Feline Practice DL Modules

Feline Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Diagnosis

Module Speaker:

Nic Ilchyshyn BSc BVSc FRCPath Dip.ECVCP MRCVS European Veterinary Specialist in Veterinary Clinical Pathology

 

Key learning objectives:

  • Develop 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
  • Understand the methodology involved in the generation of haematology, biochemistry and cytology profiles
  • Have an awareness of the various diagnostic tests for endocrine and infectious diseases ( viral, parasitic- including heartworm- and bacterial) the techniques used and their interpretation
  • Recall the cytology of haemic and non-haemic cell populations, both reactive and neoplastic, and have the ability to trace or plot maturation and degeneration pathways in blood, fluid and tissue smears
  • Explain the function of bone marrow and the differential diagnosis of anaemia, haematopoietic disease and coagulopathies

Feline Critical Care and Emergency Case Management

Module Speaker:

Kerry Doolin BSc BVSc MVetMed DACVECC MRCVS American Recognised Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care

 

Key learning objectives:

  • Perform triage, assess patients and prioritise cases
  • Undertake emergency monitoring and stabilisation
  • Understand the effects, clinical signs and treatment for common toxicities including insecticides, molluscicides, rodenticides, herbicides, household preparations and plants
  • Be familiar with critical therapeutics including fluid and electrolyte therapy, transfusion medicine cardiovascular and respiratory support, analgesia and CPR

 

Feline Urinary Tract

Module Speaker:

Susana Silva DVM CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS European Specialist in Veterinary Small Animal Medicine

 

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the causes of renal dysfunction, the presentation and diagnostic tests utilised in cats with clinical signs of renal disease (including acute/ chronic renal insufficiency, glomerular disease, neoplasia and inherited diseases)
  • Describe the causes and emergency treatment of acute renal failure
  • Explain the pathophysiology of renal dysfunction and the importance/ significance of hyperphosphataemia, anaemia, proteinuria and hypertension
  • Apply knowledge of the International Renal Interest Society staging scheme for chronic renal disease to patient prognosis
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the available treatments for CRI including phosphate binders, ACE inhibitors and dietary modification
  • Recall the neuroanatomy of the lower urinary tract and the differentiation of upper motor neuron/ lower motor neuron defects
  • Approach diseases of the lower urinary tract including FLUTD, urolithiasis, urinary tract infections and neoplasia and understand their differentiation, risk factors, treatment and dietary management

Feline Dermatology

Module Speaker:

Mandy Burrows BSc BVMS MANZCVS FANZCVS

 

Key learning objectives:

  • Formulate a differential diagnosis, 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 recognise dermatological manifestations of systemic disease

Feline Cardiology

Module Speaker:

Kieran Borgeat BSc BVSc MVetMed CertVC DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

 

Key learning objectives:

  • Recognise the importance of a detailed history and clinical examination of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems in the diagnosis of cardiopulmonary diseases
  • Review and understand the common causes of heart disease in cats
  • Consolidate your understanding of 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
  • Define the crucial role of high quality imaging modalities (especially ultrasonography and radiology) in the differential diagnosis of feline cardiopulmonary diseases

Feline Respiratory Medicine

Module Speaker:

Kerry Rolph BVM&S CERTVC PHD FANZCVS DIPECVIM-CA MRCVS,RCVS Specialsit in Feline Medicine, European Specialist in Companion Animal Medicine

 

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

Feline Liver, Pancreas and Gastrointestinal Tract

Module Speaker:

Samantha Taylor BVetMed(Hons) CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MANZCVS FRCVS

 

Key learning objectives:

  • Know how to investigate and manage common medical conditions affecting the feline oesophagus, 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

Feline Endocrinology

Module Speaker:

Yaiza Forcada DVM Dip. ECVIM-CA MRCVS

 

Key learning objectives:

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

Feline Infectious Diseases I

Module Speaker:

Stephanie Sorrell BVetMed(Hons), MANZCVSc, DipECVIM-CA, MRCVS; RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine

 

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

Feline Infectious Diseases II

Module Speaker:

Stephanie Sorrell BVetMed(Hons), MANZCVSc, DipECVIM-CA, MRCVS; RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine

 

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

Feline Musculoskeletal Disease

Module Speakers:

James Grierson BVetMed Cert VR CertSAS,CertVR,DipECVS CertMedEd FHEA FRCVS

 

Key learning objectives:

  • Perform an orthopaedic examination and be familiar with the presentation of osteoarthritis in the cat
  • Understand the value of radiography, synoviocentesis, muscle and nerve biopsies
  • Apply first aid techniques to fracture patients
  • Explain the principles of orthopaedic surgery and the approach to the repair of common fractures

Feline Behaviour

Module Speaker:

To be confirmed

 

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

Feline Ophthalmology

Module Speaker:

Becky Telle DVM

 

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the normal feline eye and use readily available diagnostic equipment and disposables in feline ophthalmic cases
  • Recognise those ophthalmic conditions which are unique to the cat or are particularly important in this species
  • Perform common surgical procedures pertinent to feline ophthalmology
  • Approach the medical management of ophthalmic patients
  • Know when to refer a patient

Feline Anaesthesia and Surgical Principles

Module Speakers:

Alasdair Hotson Moore MA VetMB CertSAC CertVR CertSAS MRCVS

Maria Angeles Jimenez Lozano DVM CertVA DipECVAA MRCVS

 

Key learning objectives:

  • Apply knowledge gained to surgical asepsis and theatre protocol
  • Rationally utilise antibiotics in surgical patients
  • Be familiar with suture materials and patterns, surgical instruments and tissue handling
  • Plan surgery, apply haemostatic techniques and manage crises
  • Approach the management and reconstruction of wounds

Online Anaesthesia component:

  • Describe a range of parenteral and inhalational anaesthetic regimes
  • Understand the pharmacokinetics of different anaesthetics and monitoring techniques available

Feline Neurology

Module Speaker:

Mark Lowrie MA VetMB MVM DipECVN RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology and EBVS®️ European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

Key learning objectives:

  • Be able to recognise the clinical signs associated with neurological disease
  • Perform a neurological assessment using appropriate tests and intepret the results
  • Describe how to localise lesions and the value this provides to the clinician
  • Plan a neurological investigation and list the major feline neurological diseases on the basis of localisation
  • Define a diagnostic approach for abnormalities including seizures, spinal cord and cranial nerve abnormalities and peripheral neurological diseases
  • List the common feline neurological diseases including their presentation, diagnosis and treatment

Feline Oncology

Module Speaker:

Owen Davies MA VetMB MVetMed MANZCVS(SAM) DACVIM(Oncology) MRCVS RCVS & American Specialist in Veterinary Oncology

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the clinical relevance of tumour 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
  • Review the importance of biopsy and staging in therapy decision making, counselling and support

Hear From a Post-graduate of Feline Practice (UK)

I decided to study for Improve International’s Postgraduate Certificate in Feline Practice in order to increase my knowledge base and to build my confidence in dealing with feline cases. I have already noticed a vast improvement in my clinical confidence and abilities and now am even more driven to continue learning. The PgC has enabled me to enhance the level of care I provide to my and my colleagues patients. It has also instilled in me a more empathetic approach to feline patients in general within the practice.

Jennifer Sinclair BVetMed Postgraduate Certificate in Feline Practice MRCVS

Course Tutors

Dr Alasdair Hotston Moore
Feline Practice DL Improve International Australia

Dr Alasdair Hotston Moore

MA VetMB CertSAC CertVR CertSAS MRCVS  Alasdair Hotston Moore is Head of Referral Surgery at Bath Veterinary Referrals. He qualified from Cambridge in 1990. Following graduation, he joined Bristol Vet School, first …

Dr Becky Telle

Dr Becky Telle

Dr James Grierson

Dr James Grierson

Dr Kerry Doolin

Dr Kerry Doolin

Dr Kerry Rolph

Dr Kerry Rolph

Dr Kieran Borgeat

Dr Kieran Borgeat

Dr Mandy Burrows

Dr Mandy Burrows

Dr Maria Angeles Jimenez Lozano

Dr Maria Angeles Jimenez Lozano

Dr Mark Lowrie

Dr Mark Lowrie

Dr Nic Ilchyshyn

Dr Nic Ilchyshyn

Dr Owen Davies

Dr Owen Davies

Dr Samantha Taylor

Dr Samantha Taylor

Dr Stephanie Sorrell

Dr Stephanie Sorrell

Dr Susana Silva

Dr Susana Silva

Dr Yaiza Forcada

Dr Yaiza Forcada

Payment Options

AU $1000 initial deposit to secure your place. The balance of fees must be paid a minimum of 30 days prior to program start 1st April 2021.

All prices are inclusive of compulsory 10% GST

Full Payment Upfront (Total payable AU $10, 395 inc of GST & included ISVPS registration fees

All prices are inclusive of compulsory 10% GST

Payment Plan through VetEdPay* (AU $12,750 + $195 administration fee)

All prices are inclusive of compulsory 10% GST

*Please note: By selecting this option for payment you are connecting with VetEdPay, an external finance provider.

Terms and Conditions apply to all bookings.

Please find the terms and conditions here.

FAQ

When is the learning content available for each module?

  • At the beginning of the month, the content for weeks 1 and 2 will be released
  • At the beginning of the 3rd week of the month, the remaining content will be released

Who can enrol in the Distance Learning programs?

All applicants must:

  • Hold a veterinary qualification
  • Have spent a minimum of one year in veterinary practice

What additional learning resources are available?

  • Online interactive lessons
  • Notes to support every lesson
  • Reading list
  • Module Tutor (diploma holder in their field)
  • Programme Tutor
  • Discussion Forum
  • Pre and post-module questions
  • Summary videos at the end of each week

How many hours per week will I have to spend on the program?

You will spend on average 3-4 hours per week. Preparation of assessments and revising for the final exam is additional depending on your route.   

Can I defer a module?

Online modules cannot be deferred without losing the real-time interactive engagement with the Module Tutor   

What does the GPCert consist of?

  • Complete the full online structured programme
  • Case report (2,500 words)
  • Online spot test exam
  • Multiple choice examination
  • ISVPS are responsible for invigilation of the exam using an independent invigilation company
  • See the assessment criteria on the diagram of the route to a GPCert in the brochure

When do the online GPCert exams take place?

For up-to-date exam dates please visit www.isvps.org or email australia@isvps.org for any specific queries

Is the GPCert all online?

Yes, all the requirements for the ISVPS are online

How do I submit my case report for the GPCert?

Full details of the ISVPS processes are made available after you have registered with the ISVPS. You will be given a login to the Candidates Area after registration. ISVPS also have individual contact points for each country. australia@isvps.org is the Australian contact address and any questions can be sent to this address for follow-up.

How do I pay the registration fees for GPCert?

  • Registration is made directly to ISVPS – you will be provided with contact details allowing you to complete their registration form.
  • All ISVPS registration fees are included in the Improve International Australia Feline Practice DL costs – there are no further costs to pay 
  • Ideally, the decision to aim for the GPCert should be made within the first 2 months of the program start. This allows delegates to benefit from access to the ISVPS candidates’ area.
  • The deadline for the ISVPS certificate registration is one year in advance of the first assessment deadline
    • e.g. If you are undertaking the 2021-2022 Feline Practice Distance Learning Program, you should register for the 2023 examination dates. The first assessment deadline and full dates are to be provided by ISVPS 

How long do I have to complete the whole program?

The program must be completed within 6 months of the final module. GPCert candidates then have up to four years to satisfy ISVPS assessment requirements and obtain the GPCert.

I'm not based in Australia. Can I still complete the program and obtain the GPCert?

Yes. Location of study does not affect/change this global program. We can accept delegates across Australia, New Zealand & the Pacific region. Additionally, all content is pre-recorded so can be viewed at any time of day (i.e. time zone differences will not impact your access to content). However, you may need to allow extra time for tutor responses (as tutors will be based in Australia). If you intend to sit the GPCert qualification through ISVPS, this is online. Please contact the ISVPS directly for further information (australia@isvps.org).

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