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MS088 – Liver and Pancreatic Disease Mini Series

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Price: £327.00

This course is available online. Please see below for more details on how to attend this course via the Internet.

12 months access to recordings and course materials is included. Please note that these are webinar recordings and not live events. Full details on how to access the Mini Series will be emailed to you.

Product Description

Liver and pancreatic diseases are common presentations in small animal practice and can be very challenging and complex cases. In this Mini Series we review the aetiology, diagnosis and treatment of the most common conditions, giving you confidence to develop a practical and logical approach using case based examples.

  • Join European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Internal Medicine Simon Tappin for three 2-hour sessions
  • Essential practical tips from our expert tutor
  • Comprehensive notes to download
  • Self-assessment quizzes to ‘release’ your 8 hours CPD certification (don’t worry, you can take them more than once if you don’t quite hit the mark first time)
  • 12 Months access to recorded sessions
  • Watch the recordings at a time convenient to you
  • Superb value for money – learn without traffic jams or rota hassles
  • Watch the recordings on your iPad
  • This Mini Series was originally broadcast in June 2015



Session 1

Understanding the Liver: How Can I Tell When It’s Unhappy?

We will start by looking at the liver, reviewing the clinical and biochemical parameters that help us understand the liver’s function, before exploring imaging techniques and hepatic ultrasound. We will discuss the pros and cons of hepatic fine needle aspirates and then why, when and how, we should take liver biopsies, and understand how to interpret the results. We will finish by looking at therapeutic options of liver disease, including the anti-oxidants, reviewing the evidence for their efficacy in small animal patients.

What you’ll learn:

  • The best approach to patients with liver disease
  • How to assess laboratory findings; understanding biochemistry and evaluating liver function
  • How and when imaging the liver is useful
  • When to take liver biopsies and how to interpret the results
  • When to use treatment such as antioxidants and the evidence of their effectiveness
Session 2

Liver Disease: What’s Gone Wrong and How Can I Help Fix It?

In this session we will review the major causes of liver disease, which we’ll breakdown according to the WSAVA guidelines. We will start by reviewing parenchymal diseases, again using a case based approach focusing on chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis and feline hepatic lipidosis. We’ll then move on to looking at the vascular disorders covering porto-systemic shunts, arteriovenous fistulas and portal vein hypoplasia, before covering diagnosis and management of the common hepatic tumours. We will finish by evaluating the consequences of liver disease, but discussing hepatic encephalopathy, portal hypotension and coagulopathies. We’ll also talk through newer interventional techniques such as coil embolisation for intra-hepatic proto-systemic shunts and intra-arterial chemotherapy for unresectable hepatic tumours.

What you’ll learn:

  • A review of hepatic parenchyma diseases, including canine chronic hepatitis and feline hepatic lipidosis
  • Hepatic vascular diseases – acquired and congenital porto-systemic shunts, A-V fistulas and portal vein hypoplasia
  • Hepatic neoplasia – the common tumours and management options
  • What the consequences of hepatic disease are, including coagulopathies, portal hypertension and hepatic encephalopathy
Session 3

Sick as a Parrot, Yellow as a Canary – How to Approach Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Disease

The last of the sessions will cover hepatobiliary and pancreatic disease. We will start by reviewing the biliary tract and looking at diseases of the gallbladder and bile duct, discussing the differences between cats and dogs, and reviewing what is meant by feline triaditis, using case examples to illustrate both a diagnostic and treatment approach. We’ll then look in detail at the causes of pancreatitis and discuss how we might be able to diagnose it with certainty! We’ll evaluate the treatment options and the evidence behind our recommendations. We’ll finish by taking a look at exocrine pancreatic insufficiency and pancreatic neoplasia, reviewing the aetiology, diagnosis and treatment options.

What you’ll learn:

  • A review of hepatobiliary disease, including cholangitis and mucocoeles
  • What is meant by feline triaditis and how to treat it
  • The causes, diagnosis and treatment options for pancreatitis
  • A review of the aetiology, diagnosis and treatment of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency
  • Pancreatic masses – causes, consequences and treatment options


The price includes all 3 sessions, notes and quiz – 8 hours of CPD

*No traffic jams, accommodation hassles, pet or childcare, rota clashes, locum fees ……….. just great CPD and a valuable ongoing resource.

*overseas customers will not be charged VAT

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