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 graduated from University of Queensland in 1996 and after a spell in small animal practice returned there as an intern. Internship was followed by  a total of seven years in the USA (a three  year residency and a year on clinical faculty at Purdue University followed by two years as assistant professor in small animal medicine University of Tennessee). Kate moved to to New Zealand in 2005 to become Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine at Massey University from  2005-2014. She is a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), and a registered veterinary specialist with the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council. Kate completed her PhD  on the “In vivo and vitro use of transdermal methimazole in cats” and after a break spent in Europe with her family  returned to Massey in 2017 as Director of the MVM. 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: 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 (2 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

Kate Hill

"At the beginning of the course, I said, 'In particular, one of my goals is to learn how to manage my feline diabetic patients better than I do now …'. While these patients can still be a challenge, I feel I now have the tools to manage them competently and confidently. That sums up the year for me."

"I feel like I've learned heaps about endocrine as well as about writing scientifically! Endocrine cases don’t fill me with dread any more. I've also added a few to my differential list that I never had before."

"It’s good to know that the issues I’ve had treating these animals occur even with the experts. I am now better able to explain to clients the reality of endocrine disease – that a course of tablets won’t just fix it!"

Contact/virtual workshop Information

*Due to COVID-19, contact workshops may have to be virtual. Please check your Stream site once enrolled for the current information or contact mvm@massey.ac.nz for the current information before you enrol.

The workshop is an opportunity for real-time interaction 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 workshop experience, we recommend that you attend in real-time. While attendance is highly-recommended it is not compulsory in order to pass the course.

MEGA 1 2021

In 2021 the contact workshop for Endocrinology will run alongside those for the Dermatology and Emergency 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.

Dates and Timings*

Dates and timings guide for next offering (2021)
Enrolments open October 2020
Course start February 2021
Contact Workshop Dates TBC
Exam period October - November 2021
Course end November 2021

*Please note: You can still apply for enrolment after the due dates above.
For more information on delivery and course content please contact the MVM team.
Once enrolments open detailed offering information will be available via the Massey Course Search page.
A guide to costs can be found on the Massey Fees information page.


You will find more detailed information on the 118.786 Course Page. Enrolments open October 1st in the year prior to study.

For more information on delivery and course content please contact the MVM team.