Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (for Nurses)
This webinar is aimed at helping nurses to understand CCD in greater depth and to feel confident in helping to identify cases that may present to them. Effective nurse-client communication is essential to ensure the disease is discovered early and discussed openly with the correct advice and guidance being given.
We will look at the changes within the brain that are associated with the condition, and how these changes lead to specific behavioural concerns. We will discuss in detail each of the presenting signs typically associated with CCD. We will also explore the types of behavioural modification that can help reduce the impact of problems for the patient and improve the owner-pet relationship.
Diagnostic methods and modalities used to diagnose and evaluate patients will be discussed together with current treatment options. This includes behavioural modification as mentioned, drug therapy, dietary modification and neutraceutical supplementation.
The aim of this webinar is to equip nurses with the tools to advise and guide clients in providing optimum care for their dogs when diagnosed with CCD and to develop a thorough understanding of the condition.
Recording from 15.11.2018
Kelly Druce BSc(Hons) RVN DTLLS
I qualified as a VN in early 2001 whilst working at a small animal practice in North-West London. Later that year I became both an assessor and internal verifier and in 2003 took on the role as head nurse at the practice.
I have a keen interest in feline internal medicine, veterinary oncology and domestic animal behaviour. In 2005 I gained the Improve International Nurses Certificate in Animal Behaviour and in 2007 the Improve International Nurses Certificate in Advanced Anaesthesia.
I worked as a nurse, assessor and internal verifier in practice until 2008 when I left to pursue a career in the education sector, gaining my Diploma in Teaching (DTLLS).
In 2014 I completed the top-up BSc in Veterinary Nursing, gaining first class honours.
Whilst lecturing in veterinary nursing at an FE college, I continued to locum in various practices and in 2015 returned full time to practice as a medicine and oncology nurse at the RVC Queen Mother Hospital for Animals. In 2016 I also took on the role of clinical educator at the QMHA.