ADVANCED CONCEPTS IN ENDOCRINOLOGY

 

 

Course Overview

This advanced 4-week course is designed for veterinary technicians and veterinarians who already have a basic understanding of the endocrine system. This endocrinology course will cover the symptoms, causes, diagnostic testing, and medical, as well as pharmaceutical, resolutions to endocrine-related diseases of the cat and dog. The "case-based" assignments will allow the students to apply the practical knowledge acquired in this course to resolve fictional medical issues.

Examples of the diseases discussed include hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, Cushing's disease, Addison's disease, Diabetes mellitus, growth hormone problems, and more. Research outside the course materials may be needed to complete assignments.

Note: This course was formerly entitled Advanced Concepts in Endocrinology: Part One.

 

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.

 

Veterinary Technician Specialty Academy Acceptance

The Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians (AIMVT)

The Endocrinology: Diagnostics and Treatments of Common Endocrine Disorders course is accepted by the Academy towards continuing education requirements.


The Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice (AVTCP)

The Endocrinology: Diagnostics and Treatments of Common Endocrine Disorders course is accepted by the Academy towards continuing education requirements.

 

Participation Access Parameters

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

There are no real time sessions.

The design of this course allows each participant to proceed based on individual schedule, as long as all assignments are submitted by the assignment submission deadline

 

Course Content

This 4-week course is designed for veterinary professionals who already have a basic understanding of the endocrine system. This endocrinology course will cover the symptoms, causes, diagnostic testing, and medical, as well as pharmaceutical, resolutions to endocrine-related diseases of the cat and dog. Topics covered include clinical presentation of major endocrine disorders and testing methodologies for these disorders as well as treatment options and prognoses.

 

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 practice staff involved in assisting the veterinarian with the steps to diagnosis and treatment.

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

  • Understand the common clinical presentation of the major endocrine disorders
  • Know the appropriate testing methodology to diagnose these disorders
  • Discuss the interpretation and pitfalls of these tests
  • Explain the treatment options and prognosis associated with each endocrine disorder

 

Testimonials

...The case reports were particularly challenging and really make me go back again and again to search the material and try to understand the subtle implications of some of the tests.

I found that the instructor was very responsive and gave very good feedback. This proved often even more useful than the class materials themselves.

...1.The fact that the course is only open for one month made me keep on task, which helped me learn effectively. 2. The textbook with this course was very useful and easy to use and 3. Tests and assignments challenged me to learn material.

...The instructor is very helpful and his corrections are very clear and easy to understand. The agrupation of the issues is coherent.

...The process of creating a differential diagnosis list - I did not have experience doing this. This expanded my thinking. The case studies showed that the answers aren't always straight forward and you need to look at the problem as a whole.

...The text was an excellent resource and the case study assignments were really great for putting it all together and seeing the bigger picture.

...I haven't practiced in a while, so the case studies and feed back were very helpful. I like this type of acting learning

...I really liked the cases. The modules were good to work on my skills at listing problems, thinking of differentials, and developing diagnostic & treatment plans. The 2 cases at the end were fun to work on, and helped me the same way. The cases I have been seeing at work since starting this class I believe are benefiting from my taking it already.

 

Course Completion Requirements

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

  • Instructor Graded Interactive Module Assignments: Designed to help the participant reinforce newly learned material

  • 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

 

Pricing

Price: $188.00

 

 

VetMedTeam 2014