Course Description

This course will help prepare the participant for general small animal practice by providing the foundational knowledge and clinical skills needed to develop advanced diagnostic skills in companion animal medicine using a problem orientated approach. The participant will be guided through a systematic approach using the marker indicators of the chief complaint, history, physical examination, rule outs, plan, and assessment of the plan to arrive at a final diagnosis.  The participant will be able to apply this systematic plan or the problem orientated approach to arrive at a diagnosis for any companion animal case when presented with the chief complaint, clinical history and physical examination. This course is designed for foreign-trained veterinarians who have passed the BCSE or NAVLE and are preparing for the CPE, veterinarians returning to small animal practice after a leave or changing practice areas, and veterinarians who want to improve or reinforce their skills in small animal surgery.

Course Details

Small Animal Internal Medicine is designed to enable participants to understand and apply the problem-orientated approach to arrive at a diagnosis when presented with a clinical case in small animal practice. The course is designed to encourage interactive small group discussion when presented with a clinical case. The group will be asked to arrive at a diagnosis when given the chief complaint, physical examination, laboratory findings, and radiographs.  All the material will be presented in a PowerPoint format with colour pictures, laboratory results and diagnostic imaging (radiographs/ultrasound).


Please note: Due to changes in the NEB policy, candidates may still take their CPE exam in Calgary if they have completed any of these courses.


The course will take place at the Clinical Skills Building on the Spyhill Campus (http://vet.ucalgary.ca/system/files/CSB_Map1.pdf) 
Parking and textbook are included in the registration package.
UCVM Contact: flohr@ucalgary.ca or vetmed@ucalgary.ca  Telephone: 403-210-6624


Students must have already passed the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE) or the Basic Clinical Skills Exam (BCSE). Depending on space availability exceptions may be made to those students sitting the exam in April 2017

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