118.752 Canine and Feline Endocrinology (15 credit)*

Lecturer: Kate Hill BVSc, MANZCVS, Dip ACVIM, PhD

The master controller of the body, the endocrine system influences metabolism, nutrient utilization and storage and the co-ordinated function of every other organ system. A good understanding of endocrinology is essential in clinical veterinary medicine.

Massey University’s Master of Veterinary Medicine (MVM) Canine and Feline Endocrinology course will give you the skills you need to deal with the most complicated of endocrinology cases.

Please note: Courses are revised following each offering. Details of content and assessment are subject to change between offerings.

What will you learn?

On this course you’ll learn practical and relevant skills including:

  • recent advances and current trends in clinical endocrinology
  • how to approach difficult diabetic cases
  • how to manage the ups and downs experienced by dogs on therapy for hyperadrenocorticism
  • step-by-step approaches to the investigation of problems such as polydipsia and hypercalcaemia
  • how to turn critical endocrine patients around overnight.

How the course works

Endocrinology is one of the MVM courses  for postgraduate veterinarians which is taught online via distance learning and led by a recognised international expert in the field.

The course is supported by the latest research, reviews and case material to challenge veterinarians with in-depth, relevant continuing education. Course materials include a printed guide to your reading and assessment which integrates online learning activities such as discussions, quizzes, lessons, library searches, critical evaluation and exercises for self-assessment with reading materials and personal study tasks.

Highlights of the endocrinology course include: Guest led discussions on challenging aspects of endocrine case management, with international experts on diabetes, hyperadrenocorticism and hypercalcaemia contributing to the course.

With the MVM programme you have the flexibility to study when and where you want and the support of the MVM team to gain an internationally-recognised veterinary qualification that will help you in your practice every day.

Your lecturer

Kate has published in many areas of endocrinology, but hyperthyroidism is a special interest of hers.

Course features

In-depth part-time study 24 teaching weeks spread over a 7-8 month period

Learning materials and facilities

  • Study guide
  • 3 day workshop (contact course): face to face or an online option for some sessions
  • Electronic library access

Learning community

  • MVM Commons community site
  • Online case discussion required
  • Social forum


  • Portfolio of learning activities (two submissions) 
  • Online final examination (remote proctoring) 

Course requirements

  • Internet access: you need regular access to a computer and the internet so you can participate in class discussions and assessments online. A high speed internet connection is desirable but not essential.
  • Textbooks (recommended - any of the following):
    • Clinical Endocrinology of Dogs and Cats, 2nd edition, Rijnberk A and Kooistra HS (eds) Schlütersche, Hannover, Germany, 2010
    • BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Endocrinology. Carmel T. Mooney and Mark E. Peterson (eds). Gloucester: British Small Animal Veterinary Association, 2012
    • Textbook of veterinary internal medicine expert consult.  Ettinger SJ, Feldman EC and Côté EC (eds.) (2017). Eighth edition.St. Louis, Missouri : Elsevier, Imprint: Saunders ISBN:  9780323312110
    • Canine and Feline Endocrinology 4th edition (2014) Edward C. Feldman, Richard W. Nelson, Claudia Reusch, J. Catharine Scott-Moncrieff

Contact Course Information

The contact workshop is an opportunity for face-to-face time with your class and lecturer. Together you can build on the knowledge you’ve gained on the course through small group teaching, practical sessions and discussions of experiences in your own practice. The new format also provides a great opportunity for you to meet students and staff from other courses within the MVM programme by combining with them for some sessions.

For the best contact workshop experience we recommend that you attend in person. While attendance is highly-recommended it is not compulsory in order to pass the course. If you can’t make it in person you will be able to join some (non-practical) sessions live via the internet (we endeavour to record these sessions for review, but are unable to guarantee the quality of the recording).

Dates and timings*

For more information on delivery and cost please visit the Massey University course site.


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