Canine and Feline Endocrine Nursing (Feb 2023)

(12 customer reviews)


6 week course (15 hours CPD), starting 6th February 2023.



Nurses at both general practice and referral level will commonly nurse patients with endocrine disease throughout their career. Understanding the basic concepts of endocrinology means nurses can apply knowledge to their care in order to better support their patients.


Having an understanding of the pathophysiology of common endocrine diseases, as well as the tests performed means that we can become a useful support in clinical decision making, which subsequently improves job satisfaction and allows us to nurse to our full potential.


Each week we will look at a different endocrine disease in the cat or the dog. Following the course you will have refreshed your underpinning knowledge of the endocrine system in the canine and feline patient to include the chemical messenger and feedback systems, the types of endocrine diseases commonly affecting our patients, the tests we use and how these diseases impact our nursing care.


Week 1
Canine Hypothyroidism

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the clinical signs of canine hypothyroidism
  • Explain the role of hormones in the body
  • Explain the relationship between TSH and thyroid hormones
  • Describe what canine hypothyroidism is and why it occurs
  • Describe ways to support the client owning a canine with hypothyroidism


Week 2
Canine and Feline Diabetes

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Name the 3 types of cell that contribute to the endocrine function of the pancreas
  • Name the two main types of insulin used in cats and dogs
  • Describe the reason dogs become diabetic
  • Describe the reason cats become diabetic
  • Explain some differences in the nursing considerations you would give cats compared to dogs and why


Week 3
Feline Acromegaly

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Identify 3 major hormones that are lost when you remove the anterior pituitary gland
  • Explain how feline hypersomatotropism occurs
  • Discuss how excess growth hormone results in acromegaly
  • Explain the nursing considerations for a hypophysectomy patient
  • Explain the support that a client might need for a cat with FeHS


Week 4
Feline Hyperthyroidism

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the clinical signs that a hyperthyroid cat might present with
  • Explain the effects of too much thyroid hormone on the body
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the treatment options available for the disease in order to support the client with the hyperthyroid cat
  • Describe the most commonly used test to diagnose feline hyperthyroidism and what that test is measuring
  • Explain the difference between free T4 and total T4


Week 5
Canine Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s Disease)

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the reasons why canine hyperadrenocorticism (HAC) occur
  • Identify the clinical signs associated with a canine HAC patient
  • Discuss some of the common tests available for HAC and the reasons for their use
  • Identify 3 main forms of treatment for the canine HAC patient
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nursing considerations for the patient with HAC


Week 6
Canine Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison’s Disease)

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the causes of canine hypoadrenocorticism
  • Identify some of the clinical signs that a patient may present with and why
  • Discuss the treatment options available to the client with the hypoadrenocorticism pet
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nursing considerations for a canine with hypoadrenocorticism
  • Name some of the tests that a vet may ask you to carry out on the suspected hypoadrenocorticism patient and discuss why they may be required


The course will be fully tutored by Gina Parkes and will consist of 15 hours of CPD given in various formats, including tutorials, tasks, case scenarios, forum discussions and quizzes.

12 reviews for Canine and Feline Endocrine Nursing (Feb 2023)

  1. Rebekah Harrison

    Overall I found this course incredibly enjoyable! The written assignments were challenging and although I did not participate in the forums they were very interesting to read, especially with the experienced cases. The tutorials were easy to follow and informative and the extra reading resources were excellent. I will continue to read over what I have learnt from this course, it has given me a great grounding to develop on my knowledge. I hope to rejoin a similar course and be able to join in more with the discussions.

  2. Abi Riley

    Very good range of endocrine diseases discussed.

  3. Rhianna Bogue

    Good course suitable to different levels of knowledge on the subject. Thought the pre tutorial research was a good idea to have some background knowledge before hand. Good variation of quizzes and coursework.

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Gina Parkes

DipAVN(Small Animal), PgCert Vet Ed, FHEA, RVN


Gina qualified in Northern Ireland in 2008 and found a passion for nursing in teaching hospitals at the University of Melbourne. She returned to the UK and joined the Royal Veterinary College as the Senior Medicine Nurse in 2011. She won best clinical abstract presented by a nurse at BSAVA in 2015 and became the Head Medicine Nurse in 2016. She completed her PgCert in Veterinary Education in 2018 and has a passion for infection control, endoscopy and endocrinology

This online course is worth 15 hours of CPD.


A certificate will be available from the ‘My Courses’ section, for you to download and print, once you have completed the course.  A permanent record of your total CPD hours will also be recorded in your account section.


Upon purchase you will be registered to attend the course, for 6 weeks from the start date.  The course will consist of various interactive tasks and lessons, including quizzes, case studies, forum discussions and further reading material.


The course is fully tutored, with new material will be provided weekly, but the onus will be on the individual delegate to ensure that all tasks are fully complete.  The certificate will only be issued at the end of the course when all tasks have been accomplished.  Fewer CPD hours will be awarded at the the end of the course if there are unfinished tasks or there has been no contribution to the discussion forum, for example.


The course is fully flexible, and there are no weekly ‘deadlines’ – the lessons and tasks may be completed whenever is convenient for each delegate, and any live lessons with be recorded and made available in that format.   Furthermore, all the course material (excluding the interactive discussion forum) will be available for a further 2 weeks, to allow delegates the opportunity to catch up on missed lessons and tasks, or to take the opportunity to delve further into the suggested reading texts.  Please note however, that the course will not be tutored by the speaker during these final two weeks.


After 8 weeks, the course will be complete and there will be no further opportunity to gain the certificate or CPD hours, however, you will have unlimited lifetime access to the tutorials, further reading and quizzes for future reference.  If you make any personal notes during the course using the ‘take notes’ app, these will be saved, along with your certificate and CPD record for permanent access in ‘My CPD’.


For some further information about our Online Tutored CPD courses – please read our PDF guide to Online Tutored CPD