29 January 2024

Companion Animal Internal Medicine and Speciality Cases - Systematic Diagnostic Decision Making

This course is a compulsory course at the Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science. The master is a post graduate education targeted companion animal veterinarians seeking Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

The purpose of this course is to provide the students with theoretical and practical skills to perform rational diagnostic work up and clinical decision making and to extend the participants knowledge, personal skills and competences within the discipline of companion animal internal medicine and the subspecialties neurology, cardiology and oncology.

The course will have special emphasis on the application of the problem oriented medical record (POMR) method as a systematic reflective diagnostic decision making tool in companion animal internal medicine patients.

It will mainly be case based and interactive to further reflection, analysis and synthesis of patient problems from available data and background knowledge.

The POMR method will be used to work up cases with simple or complex clinical manifestations of medical diseases.

Evaluation and interpretation of blood samples, including haematological and biochemical profiles, as well as of urine samples and other laboratory results will be taught in relation to complex clinical cases.

Read more about the Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science.










Lectures, e-learning, theoretical and practical exercises. Case-study work.














Having completed the course, the student must be able to:


  • Define, identify and discuss the systematic diagnostic decision making approach to the companion animal internal medicine patient as well as the cardiologic, neurologic, and oncologic patient using the problem based approach (POMR)
  • Explain and reflect about the systematic diagnostic decision making approach using POMR


  • Apply the POMR approach in complex companion animal internal medicine patients in relation to clinical manifestations of disease.
  • Interpret, assess and reflect on patient data in order to list patient problems, localise and identify the cause of disease (DAMNIT), establish a final diagnosis and perform follow up assessment based on POMR on complex internal medicine patients
  • Reflect about indications for, and interpretation of, laboratory and imaging data in relation to the internal medicine patient
  • Perform an advanced clinical cardiologic examination, neurologic examination, and examination of a patient with cancer
  • Perform case presentations for both companion animal dedicated and non-dedicated colleagues and clients
  • Apply evidence based approaches in internal medicine patients


  • Plan and evaluate a diagnostic work-up for a patient with a complex  history within companion animal internal medicine
  • Independently obtain, evaluate and elaborate on evidence based new knowledge within veterinary internal medicine
  • Collaborate and communicate within and between both companion animal dedicated and non-dedicated peers and lay persons involved in companion animal internal medicine patient management















Continuing professional development for small animal veterinarians participating in internal medicine and speciality cases as well as systematic diagnostic decision making.
This course is a compulsory course at Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science, which is a post-graduate programme. 

You must meet the following criteria to be admitted to this course: 

  • Hold a degree in Veterinary Medicine
  • Have a minimum of 2 years of relevant job experience from companion animal practice
  • Be proficient in English

Find detailed information about the formal requirements for this course.

















Course directors

  • Professor Charlotte Reinhard Bjørnvad, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Associate Professor Lisbeth Rem Jessen, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


  • Professor, Stijn Niessen, DVM, phD, DECVIM-SA, MRCVS, Department of Clinical Sciences and Services, Royal Veterinary College, London, UK
  • Professor Charlotte Reinhard Bjørnvad
  • Associate Professor Lisbeth Rem Jessen
  • Associate Professor Lise Nielsen
  • Professor, Mette Berendt, Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Sciences (Neurology)
  • Professor Annemarie Thuri Kristensen (Oncology)
  • Professor, Jørgen Koch (Cardiology)
  • Associate professor, Jacob L. Willesen (Cardiology)
  • Associate professor, Rebecca Langhorn (Critical Care and Hematology)























Course details

Duration: 6 days on campus
Dates: 29 January - 3 February 2024
Frequency: Only available every second year
Course capacity: 30 students
Place: University Hospital for Companion Animals,  Frederiksberg, Denmark
Course fee: EU/EEA citizens
Single course participant: 35,000 DKK
Master student: 31,500 DKK

Non-EU/EEA citizens
Single course participant: 40,300 DKK
Master student: 36,800 DKK

Tuition fees include course materials and lunch/coffee. Books are not included in the tuition fees and must be purchased by the participants.
Level and credit: Master course; 7,5 ECTS
Examination date: Please consult the exam schedule
Application deadline: Master's programme: 1 May 2023
Course: 4 December 2023
Admission: To be admitted, you must meet the admission criteria for compulsory courses at Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science

The opening of the application period is announced via the programme newsletter.
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