Canine and Feline Endocrine Nursing (Feb 2021)


6 week course (15 hours CPD), starting 8th February 2021 – Confirmed Running.


This course is confirmed as running.


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


Week 2
Canine and Feline Diabetes


Week 3
Feline Acromegaly


Week 4
Feline Hyperthyroidism


Week 5

Canine Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing's Disease)


Week 6

Canine Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison's Disease)


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.


For some further information about our Online Tutored CPD courses - please open the guide below:

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, all learning material will be cleared from the delegate’s account, so please ensure any important course notes or information is saved to your personal computer before this time.  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