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Feline Focused CPD Bundle

Upskill in Feline Medicine

Take this opportunity to complete 4 feline focused TimeOnline courses during 2017 for the price of 3. TimeOnline (TOL) is a quality online education program delivered by veterinary experts in short, manageable time frames. 

Each course takes approximatly 10 hourse to complete over 4 weeks. On completion of these four TOL courses you will be entitled to 40 CPD/CE points. 

Upskill in these areas of feline practice: Emergency, Behaviour, Cardiology and Dentistry. Below is more information about individual TOL course.

This course bundle offer has finished, however, you can still enrol in the individual courses below:

Feline Emergencies - with Trudi McAlees

An introduction to emergency medicine with particular emphasis on treating cats.

This course will present the latest evidence based approach to feline emergency, combined with tutors personal experience treating cats in the emergency setting, and will get you up to speed in the key areas needed to provide effective emergency care to cats. The course covers triage, shock and fluid therapy, as well as treatment of common toxicities. The unique aspects of caring for cats in the emergency and critical care settings will also be addressed. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Confidently assess a cat that is presented as an emergency, perform emergency database blood tests and monitor emergency treatment

  • Confidently recognise the clinical signs of shock in the cat and apply their newly developed knowledge of the pathophysiology of shock to guide treatment.

  • Understand the clinical implications of the numbers generated by the monitoring equipment and know when intervention is required to treat deviations from normal in your patients

  • Provide emergency treatment to a cat with a suspected intoxication 


  1. Triage of the feline patient, emergency database blood tests and their interpretation

  2. Shock and fluid therapy in cats including transfusion medicine

  3. Feline critical care: analgesia, assisted nutrition techniques, urinary catheter care, oxygen therapy

  4. Toxicities: paracetamol, permethrin, lilies and snake bites and their treatment


Course dates - Monday 8 May - Sunday 4 June 2017

Feline Behaviour - with Sarah Heath

The aim of this course is to increase awareness of feline behavioural medicine and to educate about normal feline behaviour and how it influences the lives of domestic cats.

There will be emphasis on the importance of recognising and controlling stress in domestic cats and the way in which this affects general veterinary practice. Discussion of the interplay between behaviour and physical disease will also be an important part of the course. Participants will be encouraged to consider feline welfare in the context of feline behavioural medicine.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course you should expect to be able to:

  • Recognise feline body language signals

  • Understand the constraints of the domestic environment on natural feline behaviour

  • Understand the constraints of the veterinary  environment on natural feline behaviour

  • Analyse behavioural information through history taking

  • Evaluate the influence of behavioural factors on feline disease states

  • Interpret  behavioural signs in order to reach an accurate motivational diagnosis



  1. Normal feline behaviour and behavioural needs

  2. Rearing kittens for life as  domestic pet – pitfalls and opportunities

  3. Advising clients about how behavioural considerations affect owning a feline companion

  4. Teaching veterinary practice staff how behavioural considerations affect working with cats in general practice

  5. The link between feline behaviour and disease states in feline patients

  6. Approaching a client’s concerns over their cat’s behaviour – taking histories and making diagnoses

  7. Offering appropriate advice about common behavioural conditions

  8. Knowing how when and where to refer cases 


Course dates - Monday 19 June - Sunday 16 July 2017


Feline Cardiology - with Niek Beijerink & Geoff Nicolson

The progression in knowledge in feline cardiorespiratory medicine over the last decades has been absolutely breathtaking. Echocardiography has become more complex (and affordable), new blood tests have appeared, and new drugs have become available. 

As a result however, keeping up with the advanced in feline cardiology is challenging. This course encompasses the new developments and translates the scientific advances into clinical useful applicable information. More specifically, this course will guide you through the initial approach to cardiac disease in cats and review common feline cardiac problems that you will encounter in everyday practice. The backbones of every module will be case-based material supplemented with appropriate literature where required.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, participants will:

  • Learn which subtle hints (often missed) to look for in the physical exam of cardiac cases.

  • Gain an understanding of how common presentation such as dyspnoea, acute posterior paralysis, murmur, and syncope appear using across key diagnostic aids, and therefore, which aid to use when!

  • Review the latest findings on feline cardiomyopathies, their diagnosis and treatment.

  • Develop an approach to the investigation of common feline arrhythmias, congenital heart disease and systemic hypertension


  1. Clinical evaluation and decision-making of cats with cardiovascular disease

  2. Common diagnostic modalities

  3. Feline cardiomyopathies: diagnosis and treatment

  4. Approach to common feline arrhythmias, congenital heart disease and systemic hypertension


Course dates - Monday 7 August - Sunday 3 September 2017

Feline Dentistry - with Lisa Milella

Cats are not just small dogs and have unique dental requirement.

This course will be a refresher on some of the basic dental techniques but will also focus on key feline specific issues and techniques related to periodontal disease, extractions as well as key disorders including feline tooth resorption, chronic gingivostomatitis, endodontic disease and feline malocclusions. Each module has comprehensive course notes, well-illustrated with clinical photos. Practical tips are given throughout. Lists of recommended reading and references are also included in each section. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, participants will:

  • Review the principles of the basic dental exam and gain an appreciation of the need for radiography in feline patients.

  • Gain an understanding of periodontal disease, its onset, treatment and management.

  • Review the management of key feline dental disorders including, feline tooth resorption, feline chronic gingivostomatitis, endodontic disease and feline malocclusions.

  • Learn to perform a range of extraction techniques.

  • Understand and learn to deal with the possible complications associated with tooth extractions.



  1. Examination and diagnosis of dental disorders in the feline patient

  2. Periodontal disease and its management

  3. Specific dental disorders in more detail

  4. Extractions


Course dates - Monday 18 September - Sunday 15 October 2017

Please email us to express your interest in this course


Monday 8 May - Sunday 15 October 2017
Delivered Online



Trudi McAlees is a Massey Graduate who started her career in NZ in a mainly dairy practice, followed by locum work in the UK before moving to Melbourne in 2000 to pursue a residency in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. Trudi has memberships of the ANZCVS in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, and in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care and was the first person to achieve Fellowship in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care in 2008.

Trudi worked at the University of Melbourne teaching hospital for 10 years before returning to private practice where she worked as medical director in a private, 2-clinic 24-hour emergency and critical care centre in Melbourne. Trudi is committed to post-graduate education, with a passion for improving the ability of practitioners to deal with emergencies, and in decreasing the angst often accompanying these cases. Trudi has a particular interest in analgesia, ventilation and multi-trauma cases. Trudi presents the CVE’s Feline Emergency TimeOnline course & is co-tutor of the Emergency Medicine Distance Education along with Sandra Forsyth.


Sarah qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Bristol University in 1988 and spent four years in a mixed general practice before setting up Behavioural Referrals Veterinary Practice in 1992. In 2002 she became a Founding Diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine and served as the second President of that College from 2003 to 2008. She is a European Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural Medicine (Companion Animals).

She is an honorary lecturer in Behavioural Medicine within the faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Liverpool and responsible for the behavioural medicine curriculum for undergraduate veterinary students. In addition to her clinical and teaching work Sarah has written a number of books and regularly contributes to veterinary publications on behavioural topics. 

DVM PhD Dipl. ECVIM-CA (Cardiology)

Niek Beijerink graduated with a veterinary degree from Utrecht University in The Netherlands. He completed a PhD (canine endocrinology and reproduction) in 2007 and then a residency in Small Animal Cardiology in 2010. He is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology). In 2011 Niek commenced working as a Specialist in Small Animal Cardiology at Sydney University and is responsible for the clinical service and teaching in this area. Some of his active research interests are heart failure therapy, cardiac CT imaging, and stem cell therapy for heart disease. Niek is the tutor in the CVE Cardiorespiratory Medicine Distance Education course.

BVSc (Hons I)

Geoff graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2011. He has always been very passionate about cardiology and knew from the early years of veterinary school he would pursue specialisation in this field. He completed a one-year general rotating internship at the University of Queensland Small Animal Clinic and Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 2012. Geoff joined the Sydney University Veterinary Teaching Hospital (UVTHS) in 2013 and is enrolled in a 3 year residency program in Small Animal Cardiology under the supervision of Dr Niek Beijerink. Geoff also consults on internal medicine cases in the referral medicine service.


Lisa graduated from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 1997 and worked in the UK since. She soon developed an interest in dentistry and pursued this to specialist level. She is a diplomate of the European Veterinary Dental College.

Lisa was the principal of a dedicated dental and oral surgery referral practice in Surrey before being diagnosed with motor neurone disease. She was involved with undergraduate and post graduate dentistry training and has published and presented papers both in the UK and internationally.

Lisa was also actively involved with International Animal Rescue and is still a trustee of the charity. She has travelled abroad to perform dental treatment at various projects and has over the past year spent time training others to continue this work. 

Course fees
Member Type
Recent Grad / Part-time Member$867
Non-member / eMember$1734
ISFM / AAFP Member$1734

This special offer is only availabe for first 20 enrolments. All course fees will be charged in Australian dollars.

Further details

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