Veterinary refresher scheme for companion animal practice

VetScholar (NZVA's online learning platform)
Companion Animal
NZVA
Online

This is a course for veterinarians returning to companion animal practice or those wanting to change to companion animal practice from another area of clinical practice. It can also be used as a mini-refresher course for those veterinarians already in companion animal practice, who feel they need to update their knowledge and increase their confidence.

Format

This self-directed course consists of four modules. Each module is divided into topics comprising of notes, an assessment quiz and a discussion forum for participants to communicate with other participants. The forums are monitored by a representative of the Companion Animal Veterinarians Branch. Participants should expect to complete one to two topics each week (approximately two to four hours of work) over six to eight weeks. Once a module is complete, participants will have access to the module certificate and MyCPD record.

Learning objectives

  • Build strong foundations and increase confidence in your core skills and knowledge for companion animal practice
  • Learn the effects of anaesthesia on physiology and the stages of anaesthesia and recovery, with guidelines for choosing appropriate agents
  • Learn surgical principles and how to assess the surgical risk for a patient
  • Learn how to interpret laboratory data and what tests are available in clinical practice
  • Learn how to work through the most common consultations in companion animal practice – clinical examination, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring options

Module 1: Anaesthesia and critical care

Premedication | Anaesthetic machines and breathing circuits | Recovery | Anaesthesia in paediatrics and geriatrics | Anaesthesia for compromised patients | Anaesthesia for diabetes mellitus, bleeding masses | Anaesthesia for caesarian section, urogenital disorders | Triage | Congestive heart failure (CHF) and respiratory disorders | Coma and seizures | Acute renal failure and urethral obstruction

Author: Sandra Forsyth | BVSc, DipACVA

Module 2: Surgery

Basic principles of surgery | Aseptic technique | Suture materials | Suturing – patterns and techniques | Surgical techniques | Diagnosis of arthropathies in companion animal practice | Principles of surgical oncology | When to refer | Elbow and stifle lameness | Lameness in working dogs

Author: Andrew Worth | BVSc, MACVSc (Radiology), PGDipVCSc, FACVSc (SA Surgery)

Module 3: Clinical pathology

Anaemia | Erythrocytosis | Leukocytosis | Leukopaenia | Abnormalities in leukopaenia morphology | Clotting | Protein disorders | Lipid abnormalities | Renal function | Urinalysis | Hepatic disorders | Hormone problems | Microbiology | Serology, PCR and DNA testing

Author: Sandra Forsyth | BVSc, DipACVA

Module 4: Medicine and practical pharmacology

Vaccination and early age neutering | Urogenital | Dermatology | Cardiology | Gastroenterology | Endocrinology | Neurology

Author: Kate Hill | BVSc, ACVIM

CPD

VCNZ recommended area of competence for well-rounded development: Clinical knowledge.

Price

NZVA member: 1 module $300 | 2 modules $535 | 3 modules $700 | 4 modules $800

Non-member: 1 module $450 | 2 modules $805 | 3 modules $1,050 | 4 modules $1,200

Dates

Start this self-directed course at any time - registrations open all year.

Contact

Rebecca Jones | +64 4 831 1385 | vetlearn@vets.org.nz

Sessions for this event

Module 1: Anesthesia and critical care
Jan 1, 2022

This session is selectable as part of an event ticket purchase.

Module 2: Surgery
Jan 1, 2022

This session is selectable as part of an event ticket purchase.

Module 3: Clinical pathology
Jan 1, 2022

This session is selectable as part of an event ticket purchase.

Module 4: Medicine and practical pharmacology
Jan 1, 2022

This session is selectable as part of an event ticket purchase.