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FELP DL: Induction (21-22)

Welcome to FELP Distance Learning

In this module we will:

  • Introduce you to the online learning platform
  • Explain how the interactive lessons work
  • Find our more about you
  • Cover important resources and contact details

Facilitator: Selina Hornbuckle

FELP DL: Forum (21-22)

A dedicated forum for FELP DL questions and announcements
Facilitator: Fran Blake
Module Tutor: Selina Hornbuckle

Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Diagnosis (21-22)

By the end of this module, you should be able to:
  1. Develop a thorough knowledge of sampling techniques, the limitations of technology and equipment and the factors that can generate artefacts or abnormalities;
  2. Interpret results and propose further investigations;
  3. Understand the methodology involved in the generation of haematology, biochemistry and cytology profiles;
  4. Have an awareness of the various diagnostic tests for endocrine and infectious diseases ( viral, parasitic- including heartworm- and bacterial) the techniques used and their interpretation;
  5. Recall the cytology of haemic and non-haemic cell populations, both reactive and neoplastic, and have the ability to trace or plot maturation and degeneration pathways in blood, fluid and tissue smears;
  6. Explain the function of bone marrow and the differential diagnosis of anaemia, haematopoietic disease and coagulopathies.

Facilitator: Selina Hornbuckle
Module Tutor: Nic Ilchyshyn

Feline Critical Care and Emergency Case Management (21-22)

By the end of this module, you should be able to:
  1. Perform triage, assess patients and prioritise cases;
  2. Undertake emergency monitoring and stabilisation;
  3. Understand the effects, clinical signs and treatment for common toxicities including insecticides, molluscicides, rodenticides, herbicides, household preparations and plants;
  4. Be familiar with critical therapeutics including fluid and electrolyte therapy, transfusion medicine cardiovascular and respiratory support, analgesia and CPR.

Facilitator: Selina Hornbuckle
Module Tutor: Kerry Doolin

Feline Urinary Tract (21-22)

By the end of this module, you should be able to:
  1. Understand the causes of renal dysfunction, the presentation and diagnostic tests utilised in cats with clinical signs of renal disease (including acute/ chronic renal insufficiency, glomerular disease, neoplasia and inherited diseases)
  2. Describe the causes and emergency treatment of acute renal failure
  3. Explain the pathophysiology of renal dysfunction and the importance/ significance of hyperphosphataemia, anaemia, proteinuria and hypertension
  4. Apply knowledge of the International Renal Interest Society staging scheme for chronic renal disease to patient prognosis
  5. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the available treatments for CRI including phosphate binders, ACE inhibitors and dietary modification
  6. Recall the neuroanatomy of the lower urinary tract and the differentiation of upper motor neuron/ lower motor neuron defects
  7. Approach diseases of the lower urinary tract including FLUTD, urolithiasis, urinary tract infections and neoplasia and understand their differentiation, risk factors, treatment and dietary management

Facilitator: Selina Hornbuckle
Module Tutor: Susana Silva

Feline Neurology (21-22)

By the end of this module, you should be able to:
  1. Be able to recognise the clinical signs associated with neurological disease
  2. Perform a neurological assessment using appropriate tests and interpret the results
  3. Describe how to localise lesions and the value this provides to the clinician
  4. Plan a neurological investigation and list the major feline neurological diseases on the basis of localisation
  5. Define a diagnostic approach for abnormalities including seizures, spinal cord and cranial nerve abnormalities and peripheral neurological diseases
  6. List the common feline neurological diseases including their presentation, diagnosis and treatment

Facilitator: Selina Hornbuckle
Module Tutor: Mark Lowrie

Feline Cardiology (21-22)

By the end of this module, you should be able to:
    1. Recognise the importance of history and physical examination findings in your assessment of the potential cardiac patient

    2. Review and understand the common heart diseases in cats, based on current expert consensus statement

    3. Appreciate how to approach particularly challenging cardiovascular presentations in cats, and integrate this approach into your clinical practice; respiratory distress and arterial thromboembolism

    4. Refine your understanding and technique for performing and interpreting cardiothoracic imaging in cats using radiographic and ultrasound techniques, and be able to use basic echocardiography and point-of-care lung ultrasound in your future approach to cases

Facilitator: Selina Hornbuckle
Module Tutor: Kieran Borgeat

Feline Respiratory Medicine (21-22)

By the end of this module, you should be able to:
  1. Approach the common presentations of respiratory disease including nasal discharge, epistaxis, coughing, stertor, stridor, sneezing and reverse sneezing;

  2. Diagnose and treat upper respiratory tract diseases, both acute (infectious) and chronic (inflammatory or infectious or neoplastic in origin);

  3. Formulate an approach to allergic lower respiratory tract disease including differential diagnoses, investigation and treatment of allergic airway disease, parasitic disease and pulmonary fibrosis;

  4. Understand pleural space disease including differential diagnoses, investigation and therapeutics.

Facilitator: Selina Hornbuckle
Module Tutor: Kerry Rolph

Feline Liver, Pancreas and Gastrointestinal Tract (21-22)

By the end of this module, you should be able to:
    1. Appreciate how to investigate and manage common medical conditions affecting the feline oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, liver and pancreas

    2. Describe the various tests used in the diagnosis of liver and pancreatic disease and the management options for the common hepatic medical disorders

    3. Approach the nutritional management of disorders of the liver, pancreas and gastrointestinal tract

Module Tutor: Samantha Taylor