Small Animal Medicine

This 100% online CPD mini-module has been developed and aimed towards the more experienced veterinary surgeon. The module content has been developed by veterinary specialists at the forefront of current veterinary research.

The module will provide you with 25 hours of designation specific CPD. Over four weeks we will cover a different weekly topic in an area in which there may have been changes, advances or controversy in recent years.

The course is taught and tutored by Liverpool and other external veterinary specialists, following a similar format to the University of Liverpool’s CertAVP modules.  With online lectures, discussion boards and weekly MCQ tests designed to help support your learning, this short Small Animal Medicine mini-module will provide a fun and interactive way to ensure you keep up to date in your area of interest.


Course content:


Week 1: Neurological nutraceuticals


Camilla Cooper BVSc Dip ECVN MRCVS, European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology, University of Liverpool Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Neurology

How big a role do diet and nutraceuticals have to play in the management of neurological disorders in our small animal patients? The use of natural products such as cannabidiol (CBD) oil has made recent headlines in human neurology and its use is being explored and trialled in veterinary medicine too. The effect of certain naturally occurring molecules, such as medium chain triglycerides (MCT) and L-carnitine, on the canine brain, and their use as an adjunct to the treatment of certain neurological conditions such as cognitive dysfunction, brain aging and seizures has also been the subject of recent research. This week we will review evidence based medicine in the both the human and veterinary literature to assess what we know about the value of these products in managing veterinary neurological cases and their practical application to commonly encountered clinical cases.


Week 2: Canine and feline mammary tumours


Dr Chiara Penzo DVM PhD DipECVIM-CA(Oncology) MRCVS, EBVS European Specialist in Small Animal Oncology, RCVS Recognised Specialist in Oncology, Willows Specialist Referral Service.

Mammary tumours are extremely common in both female dogs and cats. Their biological behaviour, prognosis and management can greatly differ depending on tumour histotype and clinical stage and also between the feline and canine species. In this week we will discuss a practical approach to the diagnosis and clinical staging of mammary tumours in dogs and cats. We will also cover extensively indications for different therapies included extent of surgical margins, hormonal therapy, conventional chemotherapy, metronomic chemotherapy and immunotherapy. 


Week 3: Break week


Week 4: Complex feline medicine: managing co-morbidities, with a focus on geriatric cats


Dr Ellie Mardell MA VetMB DSAM(fel) MRCVS, RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine

When presented with any patient that has more than one medical condition to manage, potential disease interactions as well as drug interactions must always be considered. In addition, there are several feline-specific challenges that must be recognised when the patient is a cat. For example, the obligate carnivore metabolism and physiology of cats tends to negatively influence their ability to handle certain drugs, and chronic kidney disease is common in elderly felines and may impact on medication choice. Added to that, cats are notoriously obscure in how they present their diseases compared to dogs. However, with some clear and logical thought, a good understanding of disease interactions and feline pathophysiology, a potentially daunting prospect becomes a challenge to relish. The aim is for practitioners to gain confidence in recognising and treating a range of conditions which may co-exist and interact. Some principles of evidence-based medicine will be revisited, and some clinically relevant physiology will be included to demonstrate how a successful treatment path can be found through the potential pitfalls in these seemingly complex cases. 

Case examples will be used to demonstrate the logical thought process and problem-solving techniques that are required to optimally manage cats with co-morbid conditions.


Week 5: Thoracic diagnostic imaging: case-based discussion


Frederike Schiborra Dr.MedVet DipECVDI MRCVS, University of Liverpool Lecturer in Small Animal Diagnostic Imaging

Over the course of this week, after a short introductory lecture we will present a series of “test yourself” thoracic diagnostic imaging questions and short case based discussions based. In a fully supported learning environment with a veterinary specialist on hand to guide you we will present a series of cases ranging in complexity to help you build and develop your thoracic imaging skills. Each case will help you become more confident with interpreting these cases and help you to develop the ability to determine the significance of radiographic findings. This is a very practical week with emphasis on cases seen in practice.


Start date: 23 March 2020

Cost: £385