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Feline Medicine

Feline Medicine

If cats could talk, they’d be the first to tell you that they require refined, particular and focussed care.

An unwell cat poses many unique challenges to the small animal practitioner and the difference between managing canine and feline patients (in both the art and the science of veterinary medicine) is well recognised.

This course is designed to reinforce, deepen and broaden your knowledge of feline medicine in a practical, interactive and enjoyable way. In addition, it will provide you with valuable information to make your practice more ‘feline friendly’. Cement your knowledge with the case-focused workshop.

This course is now delivered over 2 years to enable busy veterinarians to manage the comprehensive content.


Hear Carolyn O'Brien tell you more about this course-

Past Participant:

"I have thoroughly enjoyed the CVE Feline Medicine course. The course content, listserv and assignments have helped me to become a better vet. The tutors were fantastic and very encouraging. As a sole practice vet, I found this course exactly what I needed. This course was not just for vets in state of the art referral centres but catered for vets working in small clinics with very little diagnostic equipment."

Orla Fitzpatrick, Auckland NZ

In partnership with:


The Feline Medicine Distance Education course is truly an international course with 14 renowned tutors from all over the world. Depending on your location once you enrol you will join a cohort of participants in your part of the world. The CVE has partnered with the ISFM to provide and promote the Feline Medicine Distance Education course in UK and Europe. The ISFM members are entitled to the same rates as the CVE members for this DE course.

The CVE has also partnered with the AAFP to promote this course in the US and Canada. The AAFP members are also entitled to a special rate.

If you are a members of the ISFM or AAFP please use the access links below to enrol in the Feline Medicine course:



Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Review the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of common feline disease

  • Expand your knowledge on unusual feline conditions

  • Gain increased confidence in handling feline patients gained through a range of practical advice

  • Review important developments in feline medicine

  • Better understand key differences when dealing with certain disease conditions in cats versus dogs

  • Better understand the pathophysiological responses of cats and gain the special skills needed to confidently treat your tricky feline patients.


Modules will commence every 2 months:


  • February – Dermatology

  • April – Respiratory Disease

  • June – Cardiology

  • August – Gastrointestinal Disease

  • October – Infectious Diseases


  • February – Urinary Tract Disease

  • April – Endocrine Disorders

  • June – Neurology/Musculoskeletal

  • August – Haematology/Immunology

  • October – Oncology

Course Delivery

This online course comes with:

  • Comprehensive notes; images and recommended readings 

  • Self-assessed quizzes and case studies to test your knowledge and understanding

  • A discussion forum for conversation, debate and sharing cases with your peers and tutors

  • Monthly assignments and case submissions where you will receive individual feedback and explanations from your tutors

  • One workshop each year (1-2 days depending on the region) covering key topics and problem areas to deepen your knowledge and understanding in a group setting 

  • Keeping DE notes in digital format saves almost 300 000 sheets of paper, 1 500 000L of water and 30 trees.

RACE Approved – 344 CE Credits

This program was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 324 hours of continuing education. Participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program’s validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.

Pay as you learn

Choosing your DE course is a big commitment, so there’s no need to add further stress by paying your course up front. To pay as you learn, you will need a $1,000 deposit to secure your place, followed by 50% of the total course fee 10 days prior to course commencement date. We’ll arrange simple monthly direct debits from your credit card over 3 or 6 months.

Note: Payment Plan will incur an additional $250 administration fee, and Early Bird rates do not apply if you choose the payment plan option.

Please email us to express your interest in this course

Distance Education

1 February 2020 - 30 November 2021
2 x 2-Day Workshop: Dates TBC
Delivered Online
Super Early Bird
30 June 2019
Early Bird
31 October 2019


BVSc (Hons) MVetClinStud FANZCVS

Having successfully gained her fellowship qualification, Carolyn commenced referral practice in Melbourne, from the Veterinary Referral Hospital in Hallam and then from the University of Melbourne. She is now one of the directors of Melbourne Cat Vets. Currently in the final stages of her PhD project, she has a busy family life with two children and two 20-year-old Burmese cats. Carolyn is interested in all aspects of feline medicine, particularly infectious diseases and clinical microbiology. She also has a strong interest in the theoretical underpinnings of effective adult learning and professional development. Carolyn is one of the tutors of the CVE/ISFM feline medicine DE course. 



BVSc (Hons I) MVetStud FANZCVS

Kath graduated from the University of Sydney in 2003, graduating with first class honours and the University Medal. Kath worked in private small animal practice in Sydney and the UK for three years. In 2006, Kath completed her internship in small animal medicine at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney after which she completed her Fellowship training program in feline medicine. In 2008, Kath attained membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in feline medicine. During her residency, Kath completed a research project on the pathology of feline low grade alimentary lymphoma and inflammatory bowel disease. Kath has a keen interest in all aspects of canine and feline medicine, and is also passionate about providing continuing education for veterinary practitioners. After 5 years at the University of Sydney, Kath joined the team at the Animal Referral Hospital, Sydney, she also passed her Fellowship examinations in June 2012 and is now a registered specialist in Feline Medicine. She has recently made a sea-change and is working at Pacific Vetcare in Coffs Harbour – a first opinion practice. Years of referral practice have allowed unique insights into ways in which a primary accession clinic might improve the health of its feline patients and provide superior services to their owners. Dr Briscoe is also keen to ensure general practitioners are well versed in what can be achieved in their own clinics and at what stage one should consider referral.

BVSc MVetClinStud FANZCVS (Feline Medicine)

Keshuan graduated from the University of Melbourne and spent the first few years of her career in small animal general practice, both in Melbourne and in the UK. She then completed a residency in feline medicine, and a Masters degree in feline hyperthryoidism at the University of Sydney. In the past few years, Keshe has co-founded Melbourne Cat Vets, a cat-only veterinary clinic in inner city Melbourne, and also started a family. In 2017 she gained her specialist qualification in feline medicine, achieving Fellowship status through the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Keshe has been a tutor for the CVE Feline Medicine distance education course since 2015 and is excited to help educate new generations of feline-focused veterinarians.


After graduating from the University of Queensland in 2000, Rachel worked in small animal practice in both Australia and the United Kingdom and received a "Cynthia Award" by the Feline Advisory Bureau for her dedication to cats.  Rachel completed three years as the Feline Advisory Bureau Senior Clinical Training Scholar at the University of Bristol. She is a member of the Feline Expert Panel, the Australian Heartworm Panel, a reviewer for the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, and a contributing author to the British Small Animal Veterinary Association Manual of Feline Practice.

Rachel now runs the Feline Friendly Practice at Veterinary Specialist Services in Brisbane, Australia.

Rachel has lectured extensively in the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia, and areas of interest include feline haematological disease, geriatric medicine and liver disease. She has a partially sighted cat (Maus), a terror of a Burmese (Moriarty) and two kids under 4.  She divides her spare time between them!

BVSc MANZCVS (SA Medicine, Feline Medicine)

Wayne graduated from the University of Sydney in 1983 and spent 27 years in mixed practice in Singleton and Bega, NSW where he developed a broad a skill base. Over the years his focus slowly changed to small animals, with Wayne obtaining Membership in Small Animal Medicine in 1998, and completing the CVE Distance Education Course with Dr Russell Mitten in 1999. This spurred a succession of DE Courses starting in 2007 with the completion of Internal Medicine Keys to Understanding, Feline Medicine, Diagnostic Imaging and Sonology. In 2010 he moved to Canberra to work exclusively in small animal practice, where he continued developing his skills in ultrasonography and has a keen interest in feline and oncological cases.

When not working Wayne spends as much time as possible in Bemboka on the NSW South Coast where he and his partner Jo have just completed the construction of a new house on their 25 acre property, shared with a menagerie of animals. Wayne brings his range of skills to Feline Medicine DE as an active participant in the discussion forum and as a marker of assignments.

Course Fees

Member TypeSuper early birdEarly birdFull rate
Non-member / eMember$6650$6950$7150
*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time, Recent Graduate, Academic and Student members

Loyalty DE Discount: Completed 2 or more Distance Education (DE) courses in the previous 5 years, you are eligible for a 10% discount on future DE courses. Discounts are not cumulative. For further information about discount options for multiple registrations at the one event, please read the full Terms & Conditions. To redeem your discount contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 (Monday to Friday, AEST 9am to 5pm) or cve.enquiries@sydney.edu.au.

Note: Enrol in a Distance Education course and pay in full before 30 June 2019 to save up to $500 and go in the draw to win a $1,000 CVE voucher. Winner announced 8 July 2019.