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Internal Medicine: Keys to Understanding

Internal Medicine: Keys to Understanding

Three enthusiastic and knowledgeable tutors guide you through 10 modules designed to increase your confidence in your ability to diagnose and treat your small animal patients.

Using a system-oriented method, the aim of this updated course is to assist you in developing a structured approach that can be applied to any internal medicine problem. Such a framework can be a powerful navigation tool to aid in more rapidly and reliably reaching a diagnosis and developing a treatment protocol, ultimately improving patient outcomes.

A 2 day interactive workshop will provide opportunity for you to refine your interpretation of key information and develop an approach that is able to be applied confidently across a vast range of internal medicine problems.

What your tutor has 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

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.

For the full terms and conditions please see our Terms.

Course Delivery

This online course comes with:

  • Comprehensive 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

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

Distance Education

Saturday 1 February - Monday 30 November 2020
2-Day Workshop: Melbourne: 5-6 NOV 2020
Delivered Online
Super Early Bird
30 June 2019
Early Bird
31 October 2019



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 worked in small animal referral practice at Advanced Vetcare from 2010 to 2018 before starting his own consultancy business. Steve is currently involved in supplying research services and performing private consulting in Melbourne.   His special interests include clinical and molecular 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$6430$6730$6930
*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


Note: Enrol in a Distance Education course and pay in full before 31 October 2019 to save up to $250 and go in the draw to win a $1,000 CVE voucher. Winner announced 8 November 2019.