The Nurse’s Role in Managing Chronic Feline Diseases (Nov 2022)


4 week course (10 hours CPD), starting 14th November 2022



Week 1
The Nurse’s Role in Medical Clinics – When, Why and How?

  • Why set up a monitoring clinic?
  • How to set up a monitoring clinic
  • Equipment needed for a monitoring clinic

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

  • Understand the importance of nurses being involved in the long term monitoring of cats with medical diseases
  • Visualise how they would be able to set up this type of clinic in their own practice
  • Feel ready to learn and revise common chronic feline disease and become up to date with the latest evidence

Week 2
Managing Chronic Kidney Disease

  • What is CKD?
  • What effects does CKD have on the body?
  • How to monitor CKD
  • Treatment aims for CKD
  • IRIS staging

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

  • Understand the pathophysiology of CKD
  • Identify parameters used to monitor the CKD patient
  • Understand the IRIS staging scheme
  • Understand what treatments are appropriate at which stage of disease
  • Use evidence based medicine to help educate your clients


Week 3
Managing Diabetes Mellitus

  • What is diabetes mellitus?
  • How to monitor diabetes mellitus
  • Treatment aims for diabetes mellitus
  • Owner support for cats with diabetes mellitus

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

  • Understand the pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus
  • Understand the difference between cats and dogs with diabetes mellitus
  • Understand how to monitor diabetes mellitus and the importance of blood glucose curves
  • Understand what treatments are available for diabetes mellitus
  • Counsel owners of cats with diabetes mellitus


Week 4
Managing Degenerative Joint Disease

  • How prevalent is DJD in cats?
  • How to assess cats for DJD
  • Treatments for DJD
  • How to engage owners in the treatment and monitoring of DJD

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

  • Understand the prevalence of DJD in cats and use that information in the nursing treatment and handling of the cat
  • Assess cats using a variety of methods both in the clinic and at home for DJD
  • Understand the different treatments available for DJD
  • Educate owners about the treatments and how the owner can assess the cat to
    improve compliance


The course will be fully tutored by Suzanne Rudd and will consist of 10 hours of CPD given in various formats, including tutorials, tasks, case studies, forum discussions and quizzes.



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Suzanne Rudd

DipAVN(Medical), RVN


Suzanne worked in a small animal practice in Nottingham for five and a half years where she qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1999 from the Berkshire College of Agriculture. In 2002 she joined The Feline Centre at Bristol University working exclusively with cats and running an advanced feline nursing course for the Feline Advisory Bureau. In 2004 she gained the Diploma in Advanced Medical Nursing.


Suzanne was funded by Novartis Animal Health for 3 years, allowing her to present a series of roadshows around the UK on geriatric clinics and senior pet care. Suzanne also visited practices demonstrating and training nurses on how to measure blood pressure. Suzanne is currently nursing in The Feline Centre at Langford Veterinary Services and holds the A1 assessor award, which she uses to assess and teach the veterinary nursing degree students.

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.


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 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 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’.


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