Internal Medicine: A Problem Solving Approach | Centre for Veterinary Education

Internal Medicine: A Problem Solving Approach

Internal Medicine: A Problem Solving Approach

Perennially popular tutors Jill Maddison and Sue Bennett present this course where the learning begins the way it does in the clinic: with a focus on the presenting problem.

This 8-module course will advance your problem-solving skills to develop a rational, pathophysiologically-based approach to treating internal medicine cases.

An emphasis on self-analysis of the way you process and work up cases will challenge you and help you to improve your approach in practice. In this way you will be able to develop a logical problem-solving framework that will carry through into more successful and rewarding management of your patients.

Hear more about the course from Jill Maddison -

Three days of face to face workshops will provide an opportunity to interrogate your methodology and discuss approaches with your peers and tutors. 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.

Past Participant

"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

Learning Outcomes

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 of 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

  2. Diarrhoea

  3. Anorexia and Weight Loss

  4. Polyuria/Polydipsia and Urinary Incontinence

  5. Jaundice, Pale Mucous Membranes and Pyrexia

  6. Epistaxis and Haematuria

  7. Coughing, Sneezing and Effusions

  8. Episodic Weakness and Seizures

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.

Distance Education

Saturday 1 February - Monday 30 November 2020
1-Day Workshop - Sydney: 20 MAR 2020
2- Day Workshop - Sydney: 26-27 NOV 2020
Delivered Online
Super Early Bird
30 June 2019
Early Bird
31 October 2019



Jill is a graduate of the University of Sydney. She completed an internship at the University of Sydney, spent 18 months in full time private practice in Sydney then completed a residency in small animal medicine at the University of Guelph, Canada. She returned to Australia and completed a PhD at The University of Sydney. She was a senior tutor and clinician in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at the University of Sydney from 1987 and from 1990 was a senior lecturer in the Department of Pharmacology. From 1990-2000 she also worked in general and specialist veterinary practice and was a consultant for a veterinary clinical pathology lab. Jill moved to the UK with her family in April 2001. She is currently Professor of General Practice at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). She is actively involved in undergraduate teaching at the RVC and in CPD around the world in the areas of small animal medicine, clinical problem solving and clinical pharmacology. Jill is the senior editor of Small Animal Clinical Pharmacology (Elsevier) and Clinical Reasoning in Small Animal Practice (Wiley-Blackwell). To keep in touch with the realities of private general practice she consults regularly at a local veterinary practice and at the RVC’s first opinion practice, the Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital.


Sue Bennett is a graduate of Murdoch University and spent the first half of her working life in general practice before training for specialist qualifications in Small Animal Medicine through the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists and the University of Melbourne, attaining the qualification in 2009. From 2007-2015, Sue worked as a Registrar and then as a Lecturer at Murdoch University. In many ways, Sue is a product of the Centre for Veterinary Education. Sue worked in NSW as a graduate and was a grateful participant in many of the Symposia, Workshops and Distance Education courses offered by the Sydney Postgraduate Foundation from which this current organisation has arisen. Sue is a co-tutor with Jill Maddison in the very popular CVE distance education course - Internal Medicine: A problem solving approach. 

Course Fees

Member TypeSuper early birdEarly birdFull rate
Non-member / eMember$7010$7310$7510
*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.