Small animal patients are living longer, well into their senior years. Many clients care deeply about their pets and will go to great lengths to ensure they enjoy a quality life as they age. Renal disease is not uncommon as these patients age and the veterinary practice team must be able to identify, diagnose and manage these cases in an efficient manner. It is important to be able to accurately identify the type of renal disease the patient is experiencing, stage of the disease and appropriate treatments. Complications and side effects of the disease must also be managed, ensuring the patient experiences a high quality of life.
Course participants will be able to effectively evaluate the nephrology system through history, physical exams, and diagnostic testing in order to accurately identify the disease process, and provide clients with options that will ensure patient comfort and client satisfaction. Additionally, the student will study the pathiophysiology and laboratory findings for breed-specific syndromes. Unfortunately, many breeds come with genetic abnormalities, and renal disease is one of them. Team members should be able to identify these breeds immediately and implement protocols early in the patient’s life, including client education and diagnostic testing, yielding the best result for the client and their pet.
Internal Medicine: Advanced Concepts in Small Animal Nephrology is a 6-week course that will guide the participant to a practical understanding of the factors in renal disease diagnosis and treatment, either as the supervising veterinarian or as the practice team member involved in assisting the veterinarian with such cases.