One of the top fun things I got to do in my professional life in 2018 was being a guest on Dr. Dave Nicol’s podcast, Blunt Dissection. It was up there with tidal bore rafting in Nova Scotia, another life event not to be missed. I’m episode 17, right after Dr. Sheilah Robertson (my anesthesia and analgesia guru) and before Dr. Cody Creelman (a fellow Canadian and social media innovator in large animal medicine). I’m in pretty impressive company!
I love that Dave says I was a ‘riot from start to finish’ – who doesn’t want to make people laugh? In no particular order, this is what Dave says we talked about:
1. Susan’s Oyster Fetish
2. The really dull, but (probably) authentic reasons she became a vet.
3. Her views on the current (poor) “State Of The Veterinary Union”.
4. The tough points in her career and the tools she uses to maintain her state of mind and performance.
5. Why she loves checklists and thinks we should use them way more in veterinary medicine.
6. Life auditing and how to say no.
7. Multiple tips she has for all clinics to improve their feline experience (at no or little cost.)
Have a listen to my hour of fame with Dr. Dave Nicol and the other cool episodes too – they’re in iTunes.
Do you have a special interest in feline medicine? Looking for an in-depth course taught by experts covering the most important topics? The Improve International GPCert in Feline Practice modules will help you achieve a higher level of expertise, clinical skills, knowledge, and confidence in dealing with complex cases.
Fri Mar 8: Feline endocrinology
- Define the clinical signs of feline endocrine diseases and understand their pathogenesis: hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, acromegaly, hyperaldosteronism, hyperadrenocorticism
- Understand the principles of key diagnostic tests
- Understand the management of common feline endocrine diseases and know how to approach complications such as diabetic ketoacidosis
Sat Mar 9: Feline urinary tract
- Understand the causes of renal dysfunction, the presentation and diagnostic tests utilized in cats with clinical signs of kidney disease (including acute/chronic kidney disease, neoplasia, and inherited diseases)
- Understand the causes and emergency treatment of acute kidney injury
- Explain the pathophysiology of renal dysfunction and the importance/ significance of hyperphosphatemia, anemia, proteinuria, and hypertension
- Apply knowledge of the International Renal Interest Society staging scheme for chronic kidney disease to patient treatment, monitoring, and prognosis
- Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the available treatments for chronic kidney disease, including phosphate binders, ACE inhibitors, and dietary modification
- Approach diseases of the lower urinary tract including idiopathic cystitis, urolithiasis, urinary tract infections, and neoplasia and understand their differentiation, risk factors, treatment, and dietary management
Thurs Mar 7: Feline clinical pathology & laboratory diagnosis with Dr. James ‘Scot’ Estep
Sun Mar 10: Feline musculoskeletal disease with Dr. Dennis Marcellin-Little
Sun Feb 17: Join my half-day wet lab, “Innovative tools and techniques in feline medicine” with co-instructor: Craig Webb, PhD, DVM, DACVIM
[separate registration required]
This lab will feature new and innovative tools and techniques to improve your skills in feline medicine. With a hands-on approach, you will learn new ways to perform practical procedures such as abdomino- and thoracocentesis, placing chest tubes, using local analgesia including an epidural technique, wound drainage, and the best urinary catheters. You will love the new ways to do old procedures that will make your life easier! (PS – most of the learnings can be applied to canine medicine too!)
Mon Feb 18:
- Update Your Protocols For FeLV and FIV Testing
- Approach to the cat with lower urinary tract signs
- Approach to the cat with upper respiratory tract signs
- No more stones: management of uroliths in cats (with Dr Jolle Kirpensteijn)
Fri Feb 1: Purina Masterclass
- Gastric & esophageal disease
- Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency
- Approach to the cat with chronic vomiting
Fri Feb 1: Main program
- Diagnosis & management of constipation in cats
- Chronic pancreatitis in cats
Sat Feb 2: Main program
- Investigating elevated liver enzymes in cats
- Feline hepatic lipidosis
Sun Feb 3: Main program
- Inflammatory bowel disease in cats
- Gastrointestinal lymphoma in cats