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  • This course is designed to improve your understanding of diseases and increase your confidence and competence in treating bald, itchy, crusty or smelly dogs and cats.

  • The aim of the program is to present you with an overview of surgery and to assist you in improving your approach to the diagnosis and management of diseases and conditions that can benefit from surgery. It will provide you with the confidence boost you need to approach more complex surgeries.


    The tutors for this program are Wing Tip Wong and Glenn Edwards.

    Key benefits

    • update your knowledge and increase your surgical skill with this comprehensive overview of small animal surgery
    • improve your approach to the diagnosis and management of diseases and conditions requiring surgery
    • understand the ‘hows and whys?’ of surgery through case-based learning
    • gain an increased understanding of both general principles and detailed techniques of surgery for each of the body systems
    • gain the confidence to broaden your surgical endeavours


    1. Principles of Surgery I
    2. Principles of Surgery II
    3. Wound Assessment &Management
    4. Principles of Orthopaedic Surgery
    5. Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
    6. Applied Orthopaedic Surgery
    7. Surgical Diseases of the Respiratory & Cardiovascular Systems
    8. Surgical Conditions of the Spine
    9. Surgery of the Skin, Eyes, Ears, Haemolymphatic & Endocrine Systems
    10. Urogenital Tract Surgery

    More information, enrolment, enquiries

    • detailed information (available soon)
    • please see enrolment details at the top of the page
    • contact us by email
  • The course topics cover common clinical problems in small animal internal medicine. The emphasis will be on problem solving and developing a rational, pathophysiologically-based approach to internal medicine. The Internal Medicine Distance Education program has been very popular since it began in 1994.

    If you are interested in sitting the ACVSc membership examination in small animal medicine, then this is valuable preparation for you.


    The tutor for this program is Jill Maddison.

    Key benefits

    • broaden your knowledge base in small animal medicine
    • gain a greater understanding and evaluation of diagnostic tests, enabling you to diagnose more accurately
    • develop a clear and logical approach to difficult and complex cases
    • improve your productivity through more expedient diagnoses
    • improve the value of the service you provide to your clients
    • gain confidence in your general approach to small animal medicine


    1. Vomiting
    2. Diarrhoea
    3. Anorexia & Weight Loss
    4. Polyuria/Polydipsia & Urinary Incontinence
    5. Jaundice, Pale Mucous Membranes & Pyrexia
    6. Epistaxis & Haematuria
    7. Coughing, Sneezing & Effusions
    8. Episodic Weakness & Seizures

    More information, enquiries, enrolment

    • detailed information (available soon)
    • this course is now FULL for 2011; to place your name on the waiting list for 2012, please send an email with all of your contact details to
  • It is important for prospective participants to note that this course requires participants to undertake independent research in order to complete the assignments. Participants need to search online databases, review abstracts and undertake online research in order to gain the most value from this course.

    Key benefits

    • significantly improve your ability to help your clients better understand their pet’s behaviour
    • further your understanding in the basics of behaviour and the intimate relationship between behaviour and organic disease
    • develop your skills in differentiating behaviour problems from problem behaviours, to maximise treatment success
    • learn how to diagnose behavioural problems in all species
    • improve your knowledge of psychotropic medication to treat behavioural problems which will include when to use medication, which one and why
    • gain exposure to the latest updates in behavioural medicine


    The course tutor is Kersti Seksel.


    1. Domestication, Genetic Influences
    2. Learning Theory
    3. Reinforcement
    4. Neurology
    5. Therapeutics 1
    6. Therapeutics 2
    7. Clinical Examinations
    8. Anxiety Disorders
    9. Aggression Problems
    10. Common Problems

    More information, enrolment, enquiries

    • detailed information (available soon)
    • please see enrolment details at the top of the page
    • contact us by email
  • This course will help you gain an increased understanding of avian medicine and improve your confidence and ability to handle bird cases.


    The tutor for this program is Michael Cannon.

    Key benefits

    • gain the skills to assess the ability of your practice to clinically examine avian patients effectively
    • improve your knowledge of the diagnostic techniques commonly used in avian medicine as well as their interpretation and application
    • develop an understanding of effective medication delivery, including critical care and emergencies
    • improve your understanding of common medical conditions, including awareness of exotic disease and the special requirements for paediatric medicine
    • gain a greater understanding of the different approaches required for companion birds compared with avicultural medicine


    1. Clinical Examination
    2. Diagnostics 1
    3. Diagnostics 2
    4. Therapeutics
    5. Surgery & Anaesthesia
    6. Internal Medicine 1
    7. Internal Medicine 2
    8. Diseases Exotic to Australia
    9. Paediatric Medicine and Surgery
    10. Companion Bird versus Avicultural

    More information, enquiries and to register interest

  • Radiology is a routine diagnostic procedure in all fields of clinical veterinary practice, and exotic medicine is no exception. Besides an increasing interest and concurrent demand for a higher level of care of these species, very little is reported in the scientific literature about normal radiographic patterns, and radiographic abnormalities are generally limited to case reports.

  • These are the proceedings from the Managing the Cancer Patient: 2010 Updates event held on May 8 2010 at the Mercure Hotel in Melbourne. The speaker was Peter Bennett. Also available on CD.

    Table of Contents (pdf)

    Chapter information
    General Introduction to Oncology
    Basic Principles of Oncology
    Canine Lymphoma
    Feline Lymphoma
    Mast Cell Tumours
    Soft Tissue Sarcoma
    Gastrointestinal Tumours
    Paraneoplastic Syndromes & Palliation of the Cancer Patient

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