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: 15 March 2021

When blood cells go bad and other tantalising tales on haematology

Speakers: Erin O’Connell BVSc DipECVIM-CA MRCVS EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Internal Medicine, Andrea Petrelli DVM MRCVS and James Barton BVSc MRCVS

The platelet count is reduced, is it real? Will it bleed? This cat is neutropenic, but it’s clinically well, should I be worried? This anaemia is non-regenerative, where do I go from here? Join us for a tour of the up and downs of blood cell counts. Along the way we’ll discover what makes these cells tick and what you can do to restore balance. There’ll be true-to-life case examples, updates from the latest veterinary literature, and a summary of the recently released ACVIM consensus statements on the diagnosis and treatment of immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia. A live online session on the Friday evening will cover any queries the week’s content throws up, and you are welcome to bring your own haematology cases to discuss. It’s more than just a blood smear examination…


Week 2: 22 March 2021

Updates in Cardiology

Speakers: The University of Liverpool Small Animal Teaching Hospital Cardiology service:  Jo Dukes McEwan, Maria Mateos Panero, Urszula Bartoszuk, Mattia Basili and Ela Barczak

The presenting signs for potential cardiac disease may also be similar to conditions affecting other body systems, especially coughing, dyspnoea, exercise intolerance or syncope. In addition, some patients might have concurrent cardiac and other systemic disease, both contributing to the presenting signs or clinical signs identified from physical examination. Pulmonary hypertension may be due to a plethora of systemic, respiratory or cardiac diseases, and regardless of cause, may result in significant cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, impacting on quality of life. Your colleagues from the cardiology service are addressing some of these common issues which may flex the most astute medical mind in these sessions below.

  1. Approach to the coughing dog: is it cardiac?  Mattia Basili
  2. Approach to the syncopal patient. Maria Mateos Panero
  3. The dyspnoeic cat: Cardiac or not? Ela Barczak
  4. Pulmonary hypertension – how to recognise it, what causes it and how do we treat it? Urszula Bartoszuk

Finally, to discuss one or more problem cases which present with these problems, we will have a zoom discussion group, on the Thursday evening. Feel free to bring your problem cases to share with us (you can share your screen with radiographs or clinical data). Members of the cardiology service will have one or more additional challenging ones for us all to discuss.


Week 3: Break week


Week 4: 5 April 2021

Abdominal diagnostic imaging: Case-based discussion.

Speaker: Frederike Schiborra Dr.MedVet DipECVDI MRCVS,

Over the course of this week, after a short introductory lecture, we will present a series of “test yourself” abdominal imaging cases to give you the opportunity to practise your diagnostic imaging skills, in a fully supported learning environment with a veterinary specialist on hand to guide you and share some tips and tricks. The cases, ranging in complexity from everyday conditions to some slightly weirder presentations, will help you build and develop your abdominal 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. At the end of the week we will have a live evening session to review and discuss the cases with a specialist. This is a very practical and interactive week.


Week 5: 12 April 2021

Feline Alimentary Lymphoma: A Review  

Speaker: Dr Chiara Penzo DVM PhD DipECVIM-CA(Oncology) MRCVS, EBVS European Specialist in Small Animal Oncology, RCVS Recognised Specialist in Oncology

Lymphoma is the most frequent neoplasia encountered in cats and Feline alimentary lymphoma is the most common form of lymphoma in this species seen in both general and referral practice.  The first three lectures of this week will review practical principles of diagnosis, clinical staging and treatment of low and intermediate-high grade lymphoma. The fourth lecture will give you the opportunity to challenge yourself to solve a real case of feline alimentary lymphoma with the feedback of the lecturer. On this week’s discussion board, you will be able to post questions and comments on the lectures content or to share and discuss with the lecturer and your colleagues any tricky lymphoma case that you may have encountered in your practice.



Start date: 15 March 2021

Cost: £385