Canine and Feline Gastroenterology
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.
What will you learn?
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.
How the course works
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.
- Presentations and data from actual patients alongside assigned readings are used to generate subject material and medical questions for analysis.
- Interactive online grand rounds will be held for in-depth coverage of the gastrointestinal medicine illustrated by each case
- There will be a forum to debate the medical issues.
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
- Study guide
- Electronic library access
- 3 day workshop (contact course): face to face or an online option for some sessions
- MVM Commons community site
- Online case discussion main focus
- Social forum
- Portfolio of coursework (2 submissions)
- Final case-based essay assignment
- 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.
- Washabau, R. & Day, M. (Eds) (2013). Canine and Feline Gastroenterology. USA: Elsevier Inc. ISBN: 978-1-4160-3661-6
- Steiner, J.M. (Ed.) (2008). Small Animal Gastroenterology. Germany: Schlutersche Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co.KG. ISBN: 978-3-89993-027-6