Saturday, December 26, 2009

Free courses for vets and nurses

I know, I know...this is hardly the time of year to be posting about academic pursuits BUT since I am engaging in a genuine "nerd's Christmas" I'm going to put it out there (if you're reading this blog, chances are you are just as much of a nerd). Through its Accelerate program, Bayer are offering short, online courses on a range of topics including endocrinopathies, anaesthesia and dermatology at

I can thoroughly recommend the dermatology courses and am planning to hit endocrinology (hyperthyroidism, adrenal disease) next. They're not overwhelmingly challenging courses - I print off the notes, read them in the bath, come back and watch the videos then do the quiz, and it takes around an hour - but they're excellent revision. While they are sponsored by a big pharmaceutical company the actual lecturers are free agents and they don't spruik Bayer drugs in the demos.
The above pic is a domestic short hair (anaesthetised) having a thyroid scan prior to being injected with radioactive iodine to treat hyperthyroidism.