Diseases of the Endocrine System

In partnership with NationWide Laboratories, featuring two great Endocrinology webinars from experts Peter Graham and Michael Herrtage.

We've got together with NationWide Laboratories to create this handy Endocrinology CPD Bundle! 2 CPD webinars for only £17+VAT, presented by Peter Graham and Michael Herrtage. You'll be able to watch the webinars at your leisure, any time, any place on any connected device!

Addison's disease and Cushing's syndrome are opposite sides of the same coin. Both are manifestations of dysfunction of the adrenal glands. Cushing’s syndrome is marked by excessive levels of cortisol. On the other hand, Addison’s Disease is caused by low levels of cortisol and aldosterone.

NationWide Laboratories put together a CPD bundle dedicated to these two common endocrine disorders, testing for which is included in our portfolio. NationWide Specialist Laboratories is part of our group specialising in veterinary endocrinology. We use high quality radioimmunoassay techniques for hormone analysis. We have a wide range of knowledge, expertise and equipment and our diagnostic services are supported by access to several world-renowned veterinary clinical and laboratory endocrinologists.

What webinars are in the bundle?


Hyperadrenocorticism (HAC) also known as Cushing's syndrome is a condition in which the adrenal glands overproduce certain hormones, in particular cortisone. It is a common endocrine syndrome that affects middle-aged and geriatric dogs. There are two major types of HAC in dogs. Pituitary-dependent hyperadrenocorticism (PDH) is the result of the inappropriate secretion of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) by a pituitary adenoma. Adrenal-dependent hyperadrenocorticism (ADH) comes from a tumour in one of the adrenal glands that sit on top of the kidneys. It is necessary to differentiate between PDH and ADH to provide a more accurate prognosis and enable the full range of possible treatments to be discussed with the dog’s owner. In this webinar Peter Graham goes through symptoms, diagnostics and treatment options. The first step in the approach to Cushing’s disease is to use a combination of the clinical signs and laboratory abnormalities to determine if confirmatory testing is required. Peter gives a detailed overview of screening laboratory tests as well as endocrine diagnostic tests with their sensitivity and specificity ratios. He also speaks about pharmaceutical products to be used as medical treatment and monitoring therapies.


Atypical hyperadrenocorticism (AHAC) is a syndrome in which a dog appears to have hyperadrenocorticism based on history, physical examination and clinico-pathological findings, but ACTH stimulation test, LDDXM suppression test (and UCCR) fall into accepted reference ranges.
Hypoadrenocorticism is a syndrome that results from deficiency of both glucocorticoid and mineralocorticoid secretion from adrenal cortices. Destruction of more than 95% of both adrenal cortices causes a clinical deficiency of all adrenocortical hormones and is termed primary hypoadrenocorticism (also known as Addison’s disease). Atypical hypoadrenocorticism is the term used to describe cases of primary hypoadrenocorticism in which the serum sodium and potassium concentrations at the time of testing are within their reference ranges.
In this webinar Michael Herrtage speaks about clinical signs and diagnostics, explores laboratory findings and gives an overview of treatment options.

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.


Michael Herrtage graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the Liverpool University in 1975. He is currently Professor of Small Animal Medicine in the Department of Veterinary Medicine. He became a Fellow of St. Edmund's College in 1990. He and is in charge of the small animal medicine and diagnostic imaging services at the Queen's Veterinary School Hospital. His clinical responsibilities include all aspects of small animal medicine and diagnostic imaging, but he has a particular interest in endocrine and metabolic disorders. He has spoken at many international meetings and published over 200 articles in refereed journals. He was awarded the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) Woodrow Award in 1986 for outstanding contributions in the field of small animal veterinary medicine and the BSAVA Blaine Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of small animal medicine in 2000. In 2014, he was awarded the World Small Animal Veterinary Association International Award for Scientific Achievement for outstanding contributions by a veterinarian, who has had a significant impact on the advancement of knowledge concerning the cause, detection, cure and/or control of disorders of companion animals. He has been President of the British Veterinary Radiology Association, President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, President of the European Society of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the first President of the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation, which was instrumental in promoting and co-ordinating the development of veterinary specialisation in Europe. He is a Diplomate of both the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and was until recently President of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

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