Companion Animal CPD Bundle!

In partnership with NationWide Laboratories, featuring 5 hours of Companion Animal CPD from Peter Graham, Sam Williams, Roger Wilkinson, Stephen Steen and Noam Pik.

NationWide Laboratories have put together a CPD bundle dedicated to various aspects of veterinary care for companion animals. It is aimed at veterinary professionals, students and those interested in companion animal care. You'll be able to watch the webinars at your leisure, any time, any place on any connected device!

Companion animals are a great company, a source of amusement, psychological support, extrovert display and all of the other functions that humans need to share with their furry friends. Evidence has shown that animals are able to improve human cardiovascular health, reduce stress, decrease loneliness and depression. According to one research, at least half of the households in Britain contain at least one pet animal. So, it makes sense that we need scientists and vets to help keeping these animals happy and healthy.

What webinars are in the bundle?

"Well pet, unwell lab results: what next?" - by Peter Graham

A comprehensive physical examination and diagnostic laboratory tests are invaluable for detecting health problems early in senior pets. Wellness screens can provide reassurance of “wellness” and identify subclinical disease for prognosis and early intervention. However, “abnormal” results can be generated when there are no clinical signs. In this webinar Peter Graham shares his experience on how to read these results. He speaks about the statistics of reference ranges (which by definition imply probability of one or more “abnormal” results) vs cut off values and the importance of specificity in wellness and screening programmes, positive and negative predictive values and precision of analysers. His advice is not to be misled by pre-analytical and analytical errors, to focus on reassurance of the “normal” results, though certain abnormalities even in a well appearing animal warrant repeat testing or work up. Peter goes through the most common senior abnormalities and helps his audience to conclude: “Is the result important and what should be done next?”

"Recent advances in the diagnostic of Chronic Kidney disease in companion animals" - Sam Williams

For veterinarians, one important concern is an early diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD), defined as primary renal disease present for an extended period of time, primarily in elderly cats. In dogs, CKD is less common but progresses more rapidly, with survival times after diagnosis often less than a year. In this webinar Sam Williams speaks about the importance of CKD in clinical practice and frequency in which the condition is seen among cats and dogs. Then he moves onto the pathology behind this condition and how it is thought the disease develops on the cellular level. Sam speaks about the ways CKD is generally diagnosed currently and about new tests – SDMA and GFR – which may enable clinicians to identify the disease before the clinical signs are present. He gives a detailed overview of cases he has worked on recently using these new diagnostic methods and describes their outcomes. And finally, he speaks about screening protocols that can be set up to catch the problem earlier and what categories of patients should be targeted for screening.


Veterinarians use many modes of imaging, from radiographs (X-rays) to computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Each type employs different methods to create images, and each is best suited to distinct bodily components. While CT and MRI units are rarely seen outside of large specialty practices, ultrasound technology is becoming more and more common, with many clinics using ultrasound machines on a daily basis for diagnosis and other procedures. It is non-invasive, reliable, fast and affordable. In this webinar Roger Wilkinson goes through case studies and shows how ultrasound can help to get diagnosis sooner than later which is really important in acute and critical cases.


Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) represents one of the most important human and animal health-threatening issues worldwide. The question Stephen Sheen is posing in this webinar is: “If prescribing is linked to AMR, would reducing the number of prescriptions reduce the rate at which AMR increases?” He goes through a number of case studies showing methods that can be used to detect if bacterial infection is present, including cytology and culture to diagnose bacterial infection correctly. Stephen points out that everyone involved in animal healthcare has a part to play in fighting the issue. For example, a practice policy for empirical prescribing (whilst awaiting cultures) can optimize therapy and minimise inappropriate use of antibacterials, so does avoiding using certain antibacterials as first line agents and only using them when other agents are ineffective (ideally determined by culture and sensitivity testing). This webinar shows how prudent use of antimicrobials helps to reduce the incidence of infections that involve multi-drug resistant bacteria which is key in preventing the spread of these organisms and in maintaining the efficacy of the drugs that are currently available.


This webinar will explore the concept of personalised / precision medicine and how to start planning for its implementation in day to day practice. Personalised Medicine tailors veterinary care to individual pets based on their predicted risk of disease and likely response to intervention. Veterinary professionals acknowledge the benefits of personalised medicine, but those benefits can be difficult to achieve in practice unless there is appropriate team training and commitment. Most pet owners want care to be tailored to the needs of their specific pets, but don’t necessarily know what their pets need – for this they rely on the veterinary health care team.

About the speakers


Peter graduated from Glasgow in 1989; he is a clinical pathologist and endocrinologist with an international reputation. Following his post-graduate studies, he was appointed as a lecturer in Veterinary Clinical Pathology at Glasgow. He was Assistant Professor and Section Chief of the endocrinology section of the Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory at Michigan State University, recognised as the world’s largest endocrinology laboratory. His particular professional interests include internal medicine and clinical pathology. In addition, Peter has an impressive bibliography and is a popular speaker at veterinary meetings throughout the world. He was Managing Director of NationWide Laboratories and CSLS 2002-2014 and is now Associate Professor of Endocrinology and Clinical Pathology, University of Nottingham.

Sam Williams PhD, MSc

Sam studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, specialising in Zoology, before returning to London to complete a master’s in forensic science at King's College, London. He then stayed at King's to complete his PhD, specialising in analytical chemistry with a focus on mass spectrometry. Then he headed up the development of a commercial service aimed at the veterinary market, working both with the Royal Veterinary College and a commercial partner, deltaDOT, developing therapeutic drug monitoring assays and establishing a commercial service to offer these services to practicing vets. He is a member of the London Toxicology Group.

Roger Wilkinson MA VetMB CertVD CertSAM MRCVS IVUSS certificate holder

When Roger qualified in 1991 there wasn’t a post-grad medicine qualification available, so he did a dermatology certificate as the next best thing. In 1997 the RCVS created the CertSAM and he got to do the certification that he wanted in the first place. Over the years, medicine cases lead to him spending more and more time in ultrasonography. Since there was no ultrasonography-only qualification in the UK, he signed up with the USA-based International Veterinary Ultrasound Society (IVUSS) and got CertSAM in 2002. Finally, in November 2015 Roger completed the ESPVS cardiology PgC programme which carries eligibility for advanced practitioner status for cardiology. Today Roger is Advanced Practitioner for internal medicine & cardiology and partner at Vet Practice Support.

Stephen Steen MSc FIBMS CHS (ABHI)

Stephen has two Fellowships of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (Bacteriology and Virology), is Board Certified as a Histocompatability Specialist with the American Board of Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics (ABHI), holds a Master’s Degree in Pathological Sciences with an Immunology specialty, and has both an HNC in Biomedical Sciences (Medical Microbiology elective) and an HND in Animal Welfare and Management. He studied at John Moores University, Liverpool, and at The University of California, San Francisco. Stephen has authored many papers on multi-drug resistant bacteria and their treatment, as well as giving talks on that subject. Stephen worked as a Laboratory Manager and Microbiology Advisor at NationWide Laboratories.


Graduated as a veterinary surgeon from Murdoch University, WA. Australia in 1996 after completing an independent research project on the effects of Progesterone on exercise physiology in racing mares. Noam gained further qualification in business management and marketing and has lectured at the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel before returning to Australia in 2001 and establishing the South Eastern Animal Emergency Centre in 2003 and the Veterinary Referral Hospital in 2005. He is a member of the ANZCVS in the chapter of Emergency and Critical Care.

In 2008 Noam established the Australian Specialized Veterinary Pathology (ASAP) Laboratory (now part of Primary Healthcare) and Orivet Genetics Laboratory in 2010. The latter is focused on delivering personalized medicine and genetic solutions to veterinarians, pet owners and breeders of companion animals. He also helped build the Veterinary Genetics Assurance (VGA) program to breeders in Australia and around the world. Noam is a strategic consultant to Biotempus Ltd an Australian biotechnology company focusing on cancer and immune mediated diseases in both human and animals. Noam has a keen interest in delivering high quality clinically oriented services to the veterinary community and especially in the fields of pathology, genetics, immunology and applied bioinformatics.

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