Flexi Online CPD

Renal and Urinary Tract Conditions – Flexi CPD

£155.00 Ex VAT

Type:  Flexi CPD 
Start:  On-demand / Unlimited Lifetime Access
CPD:    8 hours (UK), 8 points (AUS, NZ)
Level:  Intermediate


This course is aimed at nurses working in general practice


Module 1

Acute Kidney Injury
  • Describe the functional anatomy of the kidney
  • Understand and assess the origin of azotaemia in dogs and cats
  • Break down the terminology and pathophysiology of an acute kidney injury
  • Appreciate the clinical signs and tips on differentiating between AKI and CKD renal biomarkers and the importance of urinalysis for assessing renal function
  • Understand the nursing care that accompanies an AKI patient, including ins and outs, fluid therapy and the importance of bodyweight
  • Design a treatment plan for an AKI patient, including an in depth understanding of why we perform each task

Module 2

The Blocked Cat
  • Appreciate what ‘The Blocked Cat’ actually means
  • Understand predisposing factors – who are our ‘Common Culprits’
  • Recognise the most common clinical signs and presentations of these cases
  • Understand and be able to perform the initial diagnostic procedures commonly performed
  • Recognise the hyperkalaemic patient and understand the treatment required
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the treatment options available for these cases
  • Identify different types of urinary catheters used in feline patients
  • Outline urinary catheter placement technique in feline patients
  • Explain the nursing considerations of these patients

Module 3

Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Understand the difference between CKD and AKI
  • Discuss the clinical signs, why they manifest and what we can do to provide supportive treatment to the CKD patient
  • Talk about the laboratory findings including electrolytes and how/when we should intervene
  • Break down urinalysis and what it can tell us
  • Understand the pathology behind hypertension in CKD patients, the side effects and how to achieve accurate measurements
  • Identify useful nurse clinic tips for CKD patients

Module 4

Laboratory Diagnostics in Renal and Urinary Patients 
  • Recognise the common haematological, biochemical and electrolyte changes seen in patients with renal disease
  • Understand the International Renal Interest Society (IRIS) staging for chronic kidney disease
  • Explain the three key components of a urinalysis
  • Describe the classifications of proteinuria and understand possible underlying causes
  • Identify urinary crystals via microscopy
  • Understand external laboratory diagnostics to include: symmetric dimethylarginine and urine culture
  • Localise azotaemia in canine and feline patients

The course will be available immediately following purchase, with unlimited lifetime access and will provide a total of 8 hours of CPD (UK), or 8 points (Australia and New Zealand).

Release date: Jul 2024 (converted from a tutored course)

3 reviews for Renal and Urinary Tract Conditions – Flexi CPD

  1. Ellie M

    Very informative and Good quality slides for notes

    Rated: Intermediate level
    (Qualified RVN in general practice <5 years - UK)

  2. Naomi C

    Covered a good range of commonly seen conditions.

    Rated: Introduction / Intermediate level
    (Qualified RVN in general practice >5 years – UK)

  3. Hannah L

    very good, and informative, highlighted the information that I already new and I also gained further knowledge along the way.

    Rated: Intermediate level
    (Referral or specialist RVN – UK)

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Charlotte Fennell BSc (Hons), CertVNECC, RVN, VTS (SAIM)
Senior Internal Medicine Nurse, Southfields Veterinary Specialists


Charlotte studied for three years at The Royal Veterinary College, where she graduated with FdSc in Veterinary Nursing, qualifying as a registered veterinary nurse (RVN) in 2014. She continued her studies there for a further year, whilst working as an RVN part-time for her BSc Honours in Veterinary Nursing and graduating in 2015.  Charlotte joined Southfields Veterinary Specialists in 2016 as a multi-disciplinary nurse and later moved to the internal medicine department in December 2017. Charlotte was appointed Senior Internal Medicine Nurse in November 2019 and in this role, she manages the internal medicine nursing team, working closely with the internal medicine specialists and wider nursing team. Charlotte obtained the Vets Now Emergency and Critical Care certificate in 2019 and Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) status in small animal internal medicine (SAIM) 2022. Charlotte’s area of interests within medicine include: transfusion medicine, endocrine diseases and emergency medicine.


Sophie McMurrough RVN VTS (SAIM)
Head Medicine Nurse, Northwest Veterinary Specialists


Sophie qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in the United Kingdom in 2011. Since then she has worked in many different practices across the north west of England gaining essential veterinary experience.  Currently working at a specialist referral hospital in Frodsham, England – Northwest Veterinary Specialists, she has practiced there for 4 years as a nurse team leader of the small animal internal medicine department.  After recent AIMVT exams in Washington DC, Sophie became a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Sophie’s areas of interest are endocrinology and emergency medicine.


Australia and New Zealand 

The Australian Veterinary Nurse and Technician (AVNAT) Regulatory Council has allocated 8 AVNAT CPD points to this continuing education activity.


This course is also recognised by the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association (NZVNA) as providing 8 CPD points.


CPD Hours

This online course is worth 8 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 immediately registered to attend the course, with unlimited lifetime access.  The course will consist of four modules, where each module provides 2 hours of CPD, in the form of a tutorial, a quiz and also a selection of further reading journals, articles or book chapters.


The course is completely flexible, where all the learning resources are provided immediately – it is designed for you to complete one module per week, but it is completely up to you, how and when you decide to complete the course. You have unlimited lifetime access to all the supportive learning materials, and once you have completed the whole course, a certificate will be automatically generated.


Looking for some further information? – please have a look at our Flexi Online CPD Courses – PDF Guide


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


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