Course Overview

Your next patient is in exam room 3. The appointment is just for annual "basics." One of your credentialed technicians has obtained the cat's vitals. Hmm - there has been some weight loss since the last appointment. Something may be going on. If so, what?

While endocrine disorders can be life threatening emergencies, such as the ketoacidotic diabetic, very often they present at the practice subtlety. Sometimes the onset is so gradual the owner does not see it. A routine physical examination can reveal, to the aware diagnostician, the initial stages of an endocrine disorder. And that awareness is developed through a combination of advanced knowledge, clinical experience, and constant vigilance.

The process of evaluating a patient starts with a strong grounding in the similarities and differences between the various disease state presentations. What is the latest information? What are the best diagnostic tools available? Which disease and is there a secondary one as well? Which treatments are most effective and it what situations? Endocrinology: Diagnostics and Treatment of Common Endocrine Disorders, a 4-week course, will help veterinarians gain the advanced knowledge need to address endocrine related problems in cats and dogs. This course will also benefit credentialed veterinary technicians who wish to deepen their understanding of endocrinology. Participants are not required to work in practice to complete this course. 


Continuing Education Credits

Course meets the requirements for 20 RACE hours of continuing education credit for veterinary technicians and veterinarians in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's RACE approval. However, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery.

This course is an interactive online course that meets RACE requirements; program number 57-12371.


Course Content

Endocrinology: Diagnostics and Treatment of Common Endocrine Disorders focuses on the diagnostics and treatment of a variety of endocrinology diseases that affect patients. This course explores the diagnosis and treatment of hypo and hyper-adrenocorticism in dogs, diabetes mellitus and ketoacidosis in dogs and cats, and thyroid diseases in both species.

Many case study assignments are presented in this 4 week course, allowing the student to apply information learned from the text to real case scenarios. The examinations are designed to assess the retention of the students newly achieved knowledge in advanced endocrinology related diseases.


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

This is an advanced level course. A strong basic understanding of the endocrine system is needed. Assignments in this course are challenging and "case - based" to bring the learning experience into your everyday practice. The instructor will guide the student to an practical understanding of the factors in endocrine disease diagnosis and treatment, either as the supervising veterinarian or as the veterinary technician assisting the veterinarian with the steps to diagnosis and treatment.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Differentiate the pathophysiology of hypoadrenocorticism and hyperadrenocoricism in dogs
  • Recognize the clinical signs associated with of hypoadrenocorticism and hyperadrenocoricism in dogs
  • Determine differentiating diagnoses of hypoadrenocorticism and hyperadrenocorticism in dogs
  • Consider diagnostics tools available to diagnose hypoadrenocorticism and hyperadrenocoricism in dogs
  • Compare and contrast effect treatment plans for hypoadrenocorticism and hyperadrenocorticism in dogs
  • Differentiate primary functioning adrenal tumors in dogs
  • Describe the pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus in dogs and cats
  • Recognize the clinical signs associated with diabetes mellitus in dogs and cats
  • Compare and contrast diagnostics tools and treatment plans available to diagnose diabetes mellitus in dogs and cats
  • Compare and contrast effect treatment plans for diabetes mellitus in dogs and cats
  • Recognize diabetic ketoacidosis in the dog and cats and implement effective treatment protocols
  • Describe the pathophysiology of hypothyroidism in dogs and hyperthyroidism in cats and recognize clinical signs associated with each
  • Evaluate diagnostics tools available to diagnose hypothyroidism in dogs and hyperthyroidism in cats
  • Compare and contrast effect treatment plans for hypothyroidism in dogs and hyperthyroidism in cats


Participation Access Parameters

The design of this course allows participants to enroll in this course after it has begun, up until the enrollment deadline date. Participants who enroll after the start date do not miss out on any components of this course.

This course allows each student to proceed based on an individual schedule, as long as all assignments are submitted but he assignment submission deadline.


Additional Courses Using Required Text

The textbook used in this course is also used in the following course. Click on the course title below to view details regarding that course. Use your browser's back button to return to this course.

Endocrinology: Atypical Disorders of the Endocrine System


Required Materials

Clinical Endocrinology of Companion Animals, Jacquie Rand, Editor; 2013 Wiley-Blackwell

Important Text Information: This course utilizes a textbook. It is up to each participant to determine the best way to acquire the text. Some will already have the text in their library and, therefore, will not need to purchase another copy. Where to purchase and in what format is totally up to the participant. The text is available as a print publication and as an eBook through Wiley-Blackwell. The following link to their website is provided as a courtesy. Scroll down to the bottom of the Wiley-Blackwell page to view all book delivery options:

Purchase Text From Wiley-Blackwell

Important: Regardless of what option the participant chooses, access to a copy of the textbook is mandatory. Without the text, the student will not be able to complete the assignments, case studies and examinations as the material is not reprinted within the course. If enrolling close to or beyond the course start date, it is recommended that the text be purchased as an eBook to prevent text acquisition related delays.


Participant Feedback

...liked the way that forced us to look at problems list

...I appreciated the diversity of the case studies provided in this course. Some case studies required differentials and problem lists, while others focused on intensive treatment plans. I appreciated the breadth of case scenarios covered.

...The course requirement made me really dig deep into the matter and study the diseases in depth. I really learned a lot from taking this course.

...Made me think. I knew that many of these problems can be over lapping and I feel this will help me make better initial diagnosis and improve my testing to confirm these diagnosis.

...the in depth yet broad spectrum of course materials was great.

...the training in the form of clinical cases was very helpful for understanding material

...I appreciated being able to do this on my own time, and get specific feedback from the instructor.

...review of diagnostic tests for cushings and hypothyroidism. treatment of dka.

...the case examples were very helpful with interpretation of the results

...Case studies were by far the most beneficial


Course Completion Requirements

Completed students are awarded a certificate of completion. Completion requirements include:

  • Instructor Graded Interactive Case Study Assignments: Designed to help the participant apply the newly learned skills and knowledge though patient and practice based scenarios

  • Examinations: All examinations must be submitted with a score of 80% or better

  • Course survey


Course Instructor

Alex Gallagher, DVM, MS, DACVIMAlex Gallagher, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Dr. Alex Gallagher is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing a rotating internship at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM), Dr. Gallagher spent two years as an associate veterinarian in a feline-only practice. Following completion of an internship in internal medicine at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Maitland, Florida, Dr. Gallagher returned to the VMRCVM for a residency in small animal medicine and Master’s degree, which he completed.

Dr. Gallagher is currently a clinical assistant professor in small animal medicine at the University of Florida. Professional interests include endocrinology and interventional endoscopy. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, video games and college football.


Upcoming Sessions

August 01, 2015 - Registration deadline is 11:00 PM Eastern August 06, 2015
November 15, 2015 - Registration deadline is 11:00 PM Eastern November 20, 2015



Price: $166.00



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