Individual Courses and Comprehensive Study Program
ESAVS Internal Medicine Study Programs
ESAVS offers 2 study programs in Internal Medicine, which are similar in content and are equivalent regarding ECTS credits meeting all requirements for the certificate and master degrees in internal medicine. Both veterinary study programs on internal medicine are designed for veterinarians who wish to broaden their knowledge in the internal medicine field of companion animals. Please note that the two study programs have different structures: one is composed of 6 one-week modules, the other of 3 two-week modules.
Internal Medicine 3 - module Program
Principal Course Master: Prof Dr. Erik Teske, DECVIM-CA
Course Masters: Dr. Lisette Overduin, DECVIM-CA; Dr. Hans Kooistra DECVIM-CA; Dr. Christine Piek, DECVIM-CA; Prof. Dr. Edward Hall, DECVIM-CA
General overview of the program
The complete training program consists of three two-week courses (10 days each), during which lectures, demonstrations, case presentations and laboratory studies will be presented. The periods of two weeks will be given during three successive years.
By attending the three modules of the training program listed below, veterinarians can expect to acquire post-academic training in the majority of `disciplines` of internal medicine.
Some subjects for which a special course is organised will be discussed in short sessions; the other subjects will be discussed more extensively. The intensive training will be at an advanced level with major emphasis on case-oriented and problem-solving approaches. The aim of the course is to give participants a sufficient level of competence in veterinary internal medicine, allowing them to solve most of their problems in daily practice and to facilitate their collaboration with specialists in referral clinics.
Overview of the modules
Internal Medicine I
In week one of the first module, general topics from internal medicine will be discussed, e.g. problem based approach of cases, diagnostic laboratory tests, ECG’s and cytology. Apart from theory, there will also be wet labs in cytology and ECG. In addition, diagnostic topics specific for haematology and endocrinology will be discussed by specialists in this area. In week two, the disciplines gastroenterology and hepatology will be discussed in relation to diseases, diagnostics, and therapeutic approaches.
Internal Medicine II
In the second module, the problem based approach will be repeated in the discussion of several cases. As in all three modules, the evidence based medicine approach will be leading in the discussion of cases, tests and treatments. During the second module nephrology, endocrinology, haematology, cardiology, respiratory diseases, and urology will be elaborated on. A special short course on feline medicine, highlighting the differences to dogs, will be given as well.
Internal Medicine III
In the last module, the remaining disciplines in internal medicine round up the program. There will be oncology, emergency care that includes a wetlab session at the university, immunologic diseases and case based neurology. As in all modules the informal direct interaction is an important factor.
Internal Medicine 6 - module Program
Principal Course Master / Master & Certificate Program Director: Prof. Dr. Reto Neiger DECVIM-CA, DACVIM
Course Masters: Dr. Christiane Stengel DECVIM-CA ; Dr. Sarah Steinbach DECVIM-CA, DACVIM ; Dr. Silke Salvati DECVIM-CA , Dr. Thilo von Klopmann DECVN
General overview of the program
The complete training program consists of six one-week courses (5 days each), during which lectures, demonstrations, case presentations and laboratory studies will be presented. Each course can be taken independently in any sequence as fits your schedule.
In all courses clinical cases will be used to demonstrate a structured and problem-oriented work-up. These cases will serve as bases to discuss physiology and pathophysiology, diagnostic tests such as laboratory investigation and diagnostic imaging as well as treatment plans including drugs, diet or surgical options. International guidelines and flow-charts, if existing, as well as updated literature information will be presented to the delegates during the work-up of the cases. On the final day of each course, cases will be presented for interactive discussion and delegates will be responsible to solve each case, i.e. finding a diagnosis and setting up a management plan.
Overview of the modules
Internal Medicine: Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Clinical work-up of internal medicine gastrointestinal, liver and pancreatic problems will be presented in a case oriented approach. Typical and less common problems of dogs and cats presented with diseases involving the entire gastrointestinal tract including hepatopathies and pancreatopathies will be used to demonstrate a structured and problem-oriented work-up.
Internal Medicine: Nephrology & Endocrinology
Clinical work-up of internal medicine nephrology/urology and endocrine problems will be presented in a case oriented approach. Typical and less common problems of dogs and cats presented with upper and lower urinary tract diseases as well as with endocrinopathies will be used to demonstrate a structured and problem-oriented work-up.
Internal Medicine: Respiratory Medicine & Basic Neurology
Clinical work-up of respiratory medicine and basic neurology problems will be presented in a case oriented approach. Typical and less common problems of dogs and cats presented with respiratory diseases and neurological problems will be used to demonstrate a structured and problem-oriented work-up.
Internal Medicine: Hematology/Immunology & Basic Oncology
Clinical work-up of internal medicine hematologic, immunologic problems and basic oncology will be presented in a case oriented approach. Typical and less common problems of dogs and cats presented with diseases involving clinical and laboratory abnormalities involving the entire hematologic system (red and white blood cells, thrombocytes) and oncologic cases will be used to demonstrate a structured and problem-oriented work-up.
The first module of the Cardiology program focuses on diagnostic and therapeutic options, such as heart murmurs, ECG seminars and ECG practicals, thoracic radiographs, biomarkers, cardiovascular drugs and the most common diseases seen in private practice.
Emergency & Critical Care I or II
ECC I: This veterinary course in emergency and critical care is organized with the following emphasis: veterinarians that are actively integrated in an emergency service need continuous education and training. This course should give the candidates an introduction into the state of the art of emergency medicine..
ECC II: This veterinary course in emergency and critical care will focus on intensive care with main topics on Sepsis /Septic Shock / SIRS, advanced fluid therapy and monitoring in the ICU, respiratory failure and mechanical ventilation. Practical work will include an advanced wet lab in emergency surgery and much more.