Internal Medicine: Keys to Understanding | Centre for Veterinary Education

Internal Medicine: Keys to Understanding

Build your framework of understanding and improve your interpretational skills and mental approach to internal medicine cases.

This course is designed to help you build a problem-solving approach to medicine that encourages you to define the problem, develop a ranked list of differential diagnoses and construct a logical means of investigating/treating the problem/s.

The primary aim of this course is to help you build a framework of understanding (i.e. the ‘big picture’) for key cases and diseases encountered in general practice and to help you interpret key information to reach the correct diagnoses and build the appropriate management plan. We hope you continue to build on this foundation with experience and further study. By completing this course, you can expect to develop an approach that is able to be applied confidently across a vast range of internal medicine problems.

By completing this course, you can expect to develop an approach that is able to be applied confidently across a vast range of internal medicine problems.

What your tutors have to say about the CVE's Internal Medicine: Keys to Understanding DE course:

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Develop a framework of understanding in the vast field of internal medicine

  • Improve your interpretation skills

  • Gain a better mental approach to internal medicine problems

  • Gain confidence in your general approach to small animal medical cases


  1. Introduction to the medical way of thinking and respiratory diseases

  2. Cardiology

  3. Endocrinology 1

  4. Endocrinology 2

  5. Hepatic and pancreatic diseases

  6. Gastrointestinal system

  7. Anaemia and bleeding disorders

  8. Neurology

  9. Urinary tract disease

  10. Immunology

Course Delivery

This online course comes with:

  • A set of detailed written notes, images, videos and journal articles

  • Self-assessed quizzes to test your knowledge and understanding

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

  • A monthly assignment based on case studies. Individual feedback and explanations will be provided by your tutors

  • A 2 day practical workshop with an emphasis on working through case studies and group discussion

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.

Distance Education

Thursday 1 February - Friday 30 November 2018
2-Day Workshop
Date TBC
Delivered Online
Super Early Bird
30 June 2017
Early Bird
31 October 2017



Darren Merrett graduated from Melbourne University in 1984. After three years in private practice he returned to Melbourne University, first as an intern and then as a resident. Darren completed a residency at Bristol University, UK before returning to gain fellowship of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 1994. After obtaining fellowship, Darren established a private medical referral service in Melbourne where he became the senior partner in the medical department of the Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Service. Darren is one of the leading internists in Australia who provides much appreciated expert back-up to many general practitioners. Darren is one of the tutors of the CVE Internal Medicine - Keys to Understanding DE course.


Jen graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1997. She spent four years working in mixed practice in rural Victoria before working in several UK practices over the following year. On her return to Australia Jen worked in Brisbane for two years; both in general practice and at the University of Queensland as a small animal clinician. Jen attained membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Medicine in 2004 and then worked at Queensland Veterinary Specialists as an intern before beginning a residency at Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre. She attained Fellowship of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Medicine in 2010 and was subsequently registered as a specialist in small animal medicine. Jen is a co-tutor in the CVE Distance Education course Internal Medicine – Keys to Understanding.


Steven graduated from the University of Sydney in 1983 with second-class honours in Veterinary Science. After graduation, Steven worked for 2 years in private practice in Sydney followed by a medical internship at the University of Melbourne. Steven then undertook an Internal medicine Residency at the University of Florida, followed by two years as a clinical instructor at the University of Florida.  Steven worked in an internal medicine referral practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1992 and 1993 then returned to Australia studying equine herpesvirus infections with Professor Michael Studdert. In 1998, Steven was awarded a PhD from the University of Melbourne. Steven has lectured in Veterinary Virology at the University of Sydney in 1998 and 1999 and was a Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor of Small Animal Medicine at the University of Melbourne from 1999-2009.  Steven is currently a specialist in Small Animal Medicine at Advanced Vetcare in Melbourne. His special interests include clinical and genetic aspects of medical diseases and the interaction between infectious diseases and the host immune response. 

Course Fees

Member TypeSuper early birdEarly birdFull rate
Non-member / eMember$6100$6400$6600
*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time, Recent Graduate, Academic and Student members

Please note: All course fees will be charged in Australian dollars AND you must be a qualified veterinarian to enrol in this courses.

If you completed 2 or more Distance Education (DE) courses in the previous 5 years, you are eligible for a 10% discount on the next DE course/s. Contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 or to redeem this discount.

Further details

Have a question? Your answer could be on our frequently asked questions page. If you cannot find an answer for your question, please email us or call us on +61 2 9351 7979.