Internal Medicine: A Problem Solving Approach
Advance your problem-solving skills to develop a rational, pathophysiologically-based approach to treating internal medicine cases.
This course will cover common clinical problems in small animal internal medicine. The emphasis will be on problem solving and developing a rational, pathophysiological approach to internal medicine.
It aims to increase your diagnostic accuracy and enable you to develop a problem solving framework that can be applied to all your cases. If you are interested in sitting the small animal medicine membership examinations for the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS), this is a wonderful preparation for you. Assignments consist of analysis of case studies provided by the tutor and clinical cases encountered in your own practice. This will encourage problem‑oriented thinking and logical case assessment that will carry through into more successful and rewarding management of your patients.
"I loved this course. It has changed the way I practice as a vet – using a problem solving approach makes much more sense to me and I love it."
Jocelyn Bunny, Dardanup WA
By successfully completing this course, you will:
Develop a clear and logical approach to clinical problems
Broaden your knowledge base in small animal medicine
Gain a greater understanding and evaluation of clinical pathology, enabling you to diagnose more accurately
Improve your productivity through more expedient diagnoses
Improve the value of the service you provide to your clients
Gain confidence in your general approach to small animal medical cases
1. Clinical reasoning, problem solving, vomiting
We introduce you to problem-based medicine and provide the basis for you to develop a rational and logical diagnostic and therapeutic approach to the problem of the vomiting patient.
Develop a pathophysiologically sound diagnostic and therapeutic approach to the problem of diarrhoea in cats and dogs.
3. Anorexia and Weight Loss
Develop a pathophysiologically sound diagnostic approach to the problem of weight loss in cats and dogs and to understand the principles important in the rational management of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency and diabetes mellitus.
4. Polyuria/Polydipsia and Urinary Incontinence
Understand the principles of renal function relevant to water, sodium and urea homeostasis, to develop a logical diagnostic approach to the patient with polyuria/polydipsia and to develop a pathophysiologically sound diagnostic approach to the patient with urinary incontinence.
5. Jaundice, Pale Mucous Membranes and Pyrexia
Understand the principles of bilirubin metabolism and how this relates to the pathophysiology of jaundice and to develop a logical diagnostic approach to the jaundiced patient, the patient with anaemia and the problem of pyrexia of unknown origin.
6. Epistaxis and Haematuria
Understand the basis of the coagulation process and to develop a logical diagnostic approach to the bleeding patient.
7. Coughing, Sneezing and Effusions
Develop a logical diagnostic approach to the patient with respiratory dysfunction, in particular, by maximising the value of the history and physical examination in narrowing the diagnostic options, thus allowing you to gain the maximum advantage from selected diagnostic procedures.
8. Episodic Weakness and Seizures
Develop a pathophysiologically sound approach to the diagnosis and management of the problems of seizures, syncope and weakness.
This online course comes with:
A set of detailed written notes and journal articles
Self-assessment and self-reflection exercises to test your knowledge and deepen your understanding
A discussion forum and webinars 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 1 day workshop at the start of the course and a 2 day workshop towards the end of the course to embed the problem-based approach through case studies and group discussion
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.
|Member Type||Super early bird||Early bird||Full rate|
|Non-member / eMember||$6650||$6960||$7150|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to redeem this discount.