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Advances in Feline and Canine Nephrology and Urology

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NOVA PhD course of 2 ECTS, organised by Professor Thomas Spillmann and clinical teacher Emilia Gordin, University of Helsinki, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. 
Course dates and location: 18 - 22 Nov. 2019, in Viikki campus, Helsinki, Finland.

Course Description
This course aims at presenting new insights in canine and feline renal and lower urinary tract disorders. It provides up-to-date options for diagnosing renal diseases and get familiar with recent knowledge in complications of kidney diseases. The course will cover updated treatment recommendations for bacterial urinary tract infections in the Nordic countries aiming to reduce antibiotic resistance. There will also be an introduction to modern advanced therapies, such as interventional urology, extracorporeal renal replacement therapy and plasmapheresis, all not widely used in the Nordic countries.

The course consists of lectures and interactive journal clubs/seminars. The lectures will cover following topics: 
Classification of kidney disease; Updates in biomarkers of acute and chronic kidney disease; Cardiorenal syndrome, hypertension; Diagnostic imaging including kidney biopsy, Interventional urology, Renal replacement therapy and plasmapheresis; Management of bacterial urinary tract infections.

Programme Outline

  • Sunday 17.11. : Arrival
  • 18-20.11.: Nephrology - lecture sessions and seminars: Updates on biomarkers of chronic kidney disease. Classification of CKD - the IRIS- staging system. The concept of likelihood ratios. Kidney disease from a cardiologist point of view: The cardio-renal syndrome. Pathophysiology and treatment of hypertension. Diagnosing acute kidney injury. Extracorporeal renal replacement therapies and plasmapheresis. Diagnostic imaging of kidneys, lower urinary tract and ultrasound guided kidney biopsies.
  • 21.-22.11.: Urology lecture session and seminars: Interventional urology (e.g. ureteral and urethral stenting, laser ablation of urethral neoplasias, treatment options for idiopathic renal hematuria, cystoscopic guided laser ablation of ectopic ureters). Laboratory perspectives to diagnostics of urinary tract infections. Antimicrobial resistance in urinary pathogens. Subclinical bacteriuria, novel management strategies.
  • 22.11.- afternoon: Travel home

Preliminary lectures

Pre-/Post-Campus Assignments
As pre-assignment, the students will receive articles necessary to meet the prerequisite knowledge. They need to perform a self assessment using an online multiple choice test.

Learning Outcomes
After the course, the participants should be familiar with basic renal physiology and renal effects on the cardiovascular system, diagnostics and staging of renal disease based on imaging and biomarkers of kidney function and injury. The participants should also get a basic understanding of trends within the field of uronephrologic interventions, advanced blood purification techniques, and current management recommendations for urinary tract infections.

Evaluation Elements
The attendants have to read pre-assigned scientific articles and they have to perform an online multiple choice test for self assesment (1 ECTS). During the course, the attendants will be assessed based on active participation during interactive teaching sessions (1 ECTS).

Pedagogical Approach
The course combines a pre-assigned self-study with lectures, journal clubs and seminars using an interactive approach.

Estimated Workload

  • 20 h of lectures
  • 10 h of seminars / journal clubs
  • 30 h of independent work

Prerequisite Knowledge
The participants should have a degree in veterinary medicine. The course requires basic knowledge in canine renal and lower urinary tract physiology and anatomy as well as a basic understanding of small animal internal medicine.

Admission for NOVA courses is handled by the course organiser/ the NOVA member institution organising the course. Please see the links in the margin for more information.

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Costs and practical information
Please find information on costs and other practical information here.

Published 28. January 2019 - 9:41 - Updated 5. September 2019 - 10:16