10/09/2018 - 14/09/2018 | Shanghai, China

registration open

Principal Course Master:

Prof. Dr. Eric Zini, Dipl. ECVIM-CA (Internal Medicine) (IT)

Course Masters:

Dr. Filippo Ferri Dipl. ECVIM-CA (Internal Medicine) (IT)

Dr. Federico Porporato Resident ECVIM-CA (Internal Medicine) (IT)

General Overview

The full ESAVS China Canine and Feline Internal Medicine Program consists of seven 5-day courses. All courses in China are in English language with consecutive translation into Chinese.
Principle coursemasters of the complete program are Prof. Dr. Mike Willard- Dipl. ACVIM (Internal Medicine) (USA) and Prof. Dr. Eric Zini – Dipl. ECVIM-CA (Internal Medicine) (IT).

The program of the Internal Medicine Course is created to give the chance to participants to deepen their knowledge in internal medicine of companion animals. The courses will be at an advanced level, in case-oriented and problem-solving approaches; each week will focus on a specific “discipline” of small animal internal medicine in order to give to attending veterinarians basic as well as advanced competences in most important topics of veterinary internal medicine. By attending to all courses, the participants are expected to achieve an adequate level of skills to be able to solve problems in daily practice and to facilitate their cooperation with specialists in university and referral clinics. The complete training programme consists of seven periods of 5 days each; the entire programme will be given from 2018 to 2022. International guidelines and most recent scientific literature will be discussed in lectures, cases will be given to participants in practical sessions; attending vets will be fully responsible to find adequate management plans and reach the diagnosis in practical sessions. Theoretical and practical sessions will allow participants to achieve a level of knowledge and expertise that capacitate them to manage internal medicine cases.

Course Overview

The present module of the Internal Medicine Course is devised to give the practitioner a throughout understanding of small animal endocrinology. Major topics include diabetes mellitus, hyper- and hypothyroidism, hyper- and hypoadrenocorticism, pheochromocytoma and insulinoma in dogs and cats. Each of these diseases may represent a diagnostic challenge; for many of them treatment decisions are difficult and for some they need to be made as soon as possible in order to save the pet’s life. Quality of life and communication with the owner represent also a concern. The veterinarian has a central role in every aspect of the disease. Hence, the module on small animal endocrinology aims to increase the knowledge of each participant in order to allow solving common and less common diseases of the endocrine system.
Besides theoretical lectures, during each afternoon the module includes hands-on sessions with clinical cases. The participants is requested to give is advices after having discussed the differential diagnoses; in addition, the participant needs to suggest the therapeutic choices. The continuous dialogue with experienced lecturers, in a friendly atmosphere, will allow the participant to learn and practice at the same time.


At the end of this module, the participant will be able to:

• diagnose frequent and less frequent endocrine diseases of dogs and cats;
• identify the differential diagnoses for each clinical and laboratory abnormality pertaining to the endocrine system;
• select the most appropriate treatment modality for each endocrine disease;
• identify any potential side effect of each treatment;
• recognize the prognostic factors of each endocrine disease;
• communicate to the owner the most relevant aspects of the endocrine diseases.


The module provides most up to date knowledge about endocrine diseases of dogs and cats. The combination of theoretical and hands-on sessions will advance the knowledge of each participant. More and less experienced veterinarians are expected to benefit from this module.

Preliminary Program (Subject to change)

Monday, 10 September 2018

Diabetes mellitus and acromegaly

-Pathophysiology and diagnostic approach to diabetes mellitus
-Old and new therapies in diabetes mellitus
-Monitoring and practical decisions in therapy of diabetes mellitus
-Practical session: case management

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Hypercortisolism and hypoadrenocorticism

-Hypercortisolism: pituitary and adrenal physiology and pathologies
-Diagnostic tests of hypercortisolism
-Surgical/medical treatment of Cushing Syndrome
-Practical session: case management

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism

-Clinical and laboratories consequences of reduced production of thyroid hormones
-Diagnostic tests and therapies of hypothyroidism
-Excessive production of thyroid hormones: clinical signs and laboratory abnormalities
-Diagnosis and treatment of hyperthyroidism
-Practical session: case management

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Calcium – related endocrinopathies

-PTH: excess and reduction
-Pheochromocytoma: clinical signs, diagnosis
-Pheochromocytoma: treatment
-Hyperaldosteronism in cats
-Practical session: case management

Friday, 14 September 2018

Rare endocrine disorders

-Insulinoma: clinical signs, diagnosis
-Insulinoma: treatment
-Rare endocrine diseases
-Future therapies in endocrinology
-Practical session: case management

Registration and fees

Tuition fee for the members of Thai, Indonesian, Malaysian, Indian and Sri Lanka Vet. Assns: EURO 1.014,–


Early registration: Euro 943.--

(deadline for FULL early registration payment: 5th August 2018)

Discount Tuition fee (Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan): EURO 1.349,–


Early registration: Euro 1.254.-

(deadline for FULL early registration payment: 5th August 2018)

Tuition fee (Europe, USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand): EURO 1.724,–


Early registration: Euro 1.603.-

(deadline for FULL early registration payment: 5th August 2018)


If you have any questions regarding the registration or any other further details for the courses in Asia please contact the ESAVS Asia Office directly: info@esavs-asia.org

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