Managing Cats with Complicated Endocrine Diseases


Cynthia Ward
1 Hour

The AAVSB's Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE ®) program develops and applies uniform standards related to providers and programs of continuing education (CE) in veterinary medicine.

Course Description

Practitioners will be able to recognize signs of insulin resistance and design diagnostic strategies to determine the presence of concurrent diseases in cats with complicated diabetes mellitus including concurrent hyperthyroidism. Practitioners will be able to recommend effective treatment strategies for hyperthyroidism when complicated with chronic kidney disease.

Course Objectives

  • To recognize clinical signs and choose appropriate testing modalities for feline hyperthyroidism
  • To recognize insulin resistance in diabetic cats
  • To treat and manage cats with diabetes mellitus and concurrent gastrointestinal disease
  • To treat and manage hyperthyroidism in cats with chronic kidney disease

Presenter: Cynthia Ward


Cynthia R. Ward, VMD, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM) Dr. Cynthia Ward received her VMD and PhD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed residency training at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania in small animal internal medicine and a reproductive endocrinology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She was on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania until 2005 when she moved to the University of Georgia where she is currently Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine. Dr. Ward has been honored by numerous teaching awards including the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Teaching Award, the Norden/Pfizer Distinguished Teaching Award twice, and the National SCAVMA Teaching Award. She was named a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Georgia in 2015. She has an active research program in clinical and basic endocrinology and has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, and research abstracts. Dr. Ward is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (small animal internal medicine).