Tutored Online CPD

Feline Healthy Ageing (Jun 2024)

£205.00 Ex VAT

Confirmed Running
17th June 2024
10 hours (UK), 10 points (AUS, NZ) over 4 / 6 weeks



This course is aimed at nurses working in general practice

Cats are living longer, and with the cat pet population increasing, it’s even more important that our ageing cats are seen regularly at the clinic. Older cats present with a special set of challenges, and the veterinary nurse plays a key part in monitoring and caring for these patients right through to end of life.


Week 1

Age Related Disease and Nursing Considerations
  • Age related diseases commonly seen in cats from the age of 7 years upwards
  • Findings from the Feline Healthy Ageing Clinic
  • How nursing care differs in ageing cats

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


  • Be aware of commonly seen age related diseases
  • Adapt nursing care for the ageing patient
  • Prepare hospitalisation for the ageing cat

Week 2

Creating and Running Ageing Cat Clinics
  • How to set up and run ageing cat clinics
  • Owner education and compliance
  • Feline friendly handling for the ageing patient

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


  • Create and run ageing cat clinics
  • Create an owner questionnaire
  • Understand the importance of owner education
  • Adapt handling skills to suit the ageing patient

Week 3

Nutritional Considerations
  • Nutrition for ageing life stages
  • Nutrition for specific age related disease

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


  • Make nutritional recommendations for the ageing cat
  • Make nutritional recommendations for age related diseases
  • Discuss the benefits of different diets and nutrient specifications

Week 4

Quality of Life and End of Life Care
  • Quality of life tools
  • Supporting the palliative patient
  • Euthanasia considerations

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


  • Understand the importance of using quality of life tools
  • Feel confident using quality of life tools
  • Communicate sensitively to owners surrounding end of life
  • Carry out euthanasia with consideration for the patient as well as the owner


The course will be fully tutored by Kelly Eyre and will consist of 10 hours of CPD given in various formats, including tutorials, tasks, case studies, forum discussions and quizzes.  This course is tutored for 4 weeks, followed by a two week extension of untutored ‘catch up’ time, before the course officially ends.


All delegates will then have unlimited lifetime access to the learning material for future reference


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Kelly Eyre  RVN, ISFM DipFN, AdvCertFB
Clinical Lead, Royal Canin Feline Healthy Ageing Clinic, University of Liverpool


Kelly qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2015, and began to delve deeper into feline medicine and welfare. Kelly has completed the ISFM Diploma in Feline Nursing, the ISFM Advanced Certificate in Feline Behaviour, and is currently studying towards a Masters in Anthrozoology. Kelly is now the Clinical Lead for the Royal Canin Feline Healthy Ageing Clinic at the University of Liverpool, which is a project aiming to extend the quality of life in ageing cats through research and education. In addition to the day to day running of clinic, Kelly provides education to vets, nurses and the general public on the topics of feline behavior, feline welfare, and supporting the ageing cat.

CPD Hours

This online course is worth 10 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.


Australia and New Zealand 

The Australian Veterinary Nurse and Technician (AVNAT) Regulatory Council has allocated 10 AVNAT CPD points to this continuing education activity.


This course is also recognised by the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association (NZVNA) as providing 10 CPD points.



Upon purchase you will be registered to attend the course, for 4 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 each Monday morning, 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 later that same day.   Furthermore, all the course material 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, but the time spent will count towards your CPD hours


After 6 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’


This course has been listed as ‘Intermediate’ level


All of our courses are aimed at veterinary nurses in general practice, but everyone who works in the veterinary profession is very welcome to attend, whether you are a clinical receptionist, veterinary surgeon, student nurse or have been a qualified nurse for over 20 years!


The courses are not formally assessed for skill level, so the following CPD levels are just a rough guide to help you decide if a course may be more or less suitable:


– maybe most suitable for qualified nurses in general practice approaching a new topic or looking for a refresher course

– maybe most suitable for qualified nurses in general practice along with referral / specialist nurses looking for a refresher course

– maybe most suitable for referral / specialist nurses and highly experienced qualified nurses in general practice


You will earn 205 Pawprint Points (£20.50 website credit) when you purchase this course


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Please ask your practice manager or accounts department to visit the website, register an account in their own name, and during checkout, complete the ‘delegate name’ and ‘delegate email’ sections with your personal details.  We will then register you a personal account on your behalf, and transfer the course booking over to your new personal account.  We will of course email you all the information you need to access this new account and your CPD course.


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