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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.
On this course you’ll learn practical and relevant skills including:
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.
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.
In-depth part-time study 24 teaching weeks spread over a 7-8 month period
Learning materials and facilities
"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!"
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).
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.
|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.
For more information on delivery and cost please visit the Massey University course site (detailed offering information for 2020 courses will be available from October 2019).
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Last updated on Wednesday 18 March 2020