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Massey University’s Master of Veterinary Medicine (MVM) gastroenterology course is one of the most in-depth in the world specifically looking at diseases of the canine and feline gut, liver and pancreas.
A practical, constructive course, it is led by Craig Ruaux, an internationally-experienced and highly-qualified lecturer.
Please note: Courses are revised following each offering. Details of content and assessment are subject to change between offerings.
To understand disease processes relating to stomach and intestines it is vital to have a practical understanding of non-digestive functions such as the gut immune system, hepatic metabolism and the operation of the liver and pancreas.
After you’ve completed this course, you’ll be able to confidently investigate, diagnose and treat dogs and cats presenting with a disease of gastrointestinal, hepatic or pancreatic origin. You’ll also be able to effectively communicate issues in these areas to clients and colleagues.
We are excited that the delivery of this course will hinge around clinical case material, handpicked and assembled by Craig to cover key aspects of gastroenterology. He will outline the pitfalls, pickups and prognostic indicators in these cases, to help you approach even the most complex presentations with confidence.
The online delivery of material for discussion allows the inclusion of the latest in the published literature or current case material to contribute to the learning experience. This course is highly discussion-based and requires regular use of the Massey University Library databases. We recommend that you have completed another MVM course prior to gastroenterology to ensure you are familiar with the distance learning environment.
This course is taught via distance learning (you may know it as continuing education, distance education or continuing professional development) by recognised international experts in their field.
Canine and Feline Gastroenterology takes an innovative case-based learning approach, and is highly interactive.
Following a spell in mixed and then small animal clinical practice Craig transitioned to a PhD and undertook gastrointestinal research at Texas A&M University. Craig went onto complete a residency in small animal internal medicine at Oregon State University and joined the Small Animal Medicine faculty before moving to New Zealand and Massey University in 2017. His research interests lie in minimally invasive testing for gastrointestinal and pancreatic diseases, vitamin and mineral deficiency states in these diseases, and the role of the neuroendocrine system of the GI tract in gastrointestinal disease. Craig is a past-President of the Comparative Gastroenterology Society, a group that aims to promote evidence-based approaches to veterinary gastroenterology. He is well-published and has considerable teaching experience.
In-depth part-time study 24 teaching weeks spread over a 7-8 month period
Learning materials and facilities
"Thanks very much for the case compilations, they're awesome! I was struggling to find something the other day (I knew we'd discussed it!) so it's making life much easier. Thanks also for your tutoring on the course, I've really enjoyed the cases and the discussion from everyone."
"I feel a lot more confident about approaching cases at work, which of course was the plan."
"It was a great course, I learnt heaps. It also really helped the critical thinking bit."
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.
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).
The contact workshop for Gastroenterology will run alongside those for the Diagnostic Imaging, Clinical Pathology, and Cardiorespiratory Medicine courses. This format provides a great opportunity for you to meet students and staff from other courses within the MVM programme and to combine with them for some sessions.
|Enrolments open||October 2019|
|Course start||July 2020|
|Contact Workshop||Check dates here|
|Exam period||February 2021|
|Course end||February 2021|
*Please note: You can still apply for enrolment after the due dates above.
Places cannot be assured after these due dates, but late applications will be considered as long as remaining places are available.
If you have any questions please check with the MVM office.
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Last updated on Wednesday 18 March 2020