Abdominal Emergencies:
Part 1 – Medical Emergencies

Get the latest updates in managing abdominal emergencies in dogs and cats with this 4-week interactive and tutor guided course for Veterinarians.

What you'll learn

Medical emergencies of the abdomen include many serious diseases. Diseases such as acute necrotising pancreatitis, acute liver failure, severe gastroenteritis, and parvovirus enteritis can all cause significant patient morbidity and mortality if not managed appropriately.

This 4-week course will provide up-to-date reviews on the diagnosis and management of these important diseases in dogs and cats. Explore the week-by-week breakdown of the course content below!

Week 1: The Acute Abdomen

Many patients with abdominal emergencies will present with acute or severe abdominal discomfort – the so-called “Acute Abdomen”. This week, we’ll explore how to determine the cause of abdominal disease, and whether it is surgical or medical, so that the most appropriate treatment protocol is applied to the patient for the best outcome!

Week 2: Acute Pancreatitis

This week is focused on the diagnosis and management of the patient with acute pancreatitis. We’ll review current literature of diagnosis of pancreatitis, detail sonographic appearance of pancreatitis, and detail the pathophysiology of acute severe necrotising pancreatitis as well. Treatment protocols will be provided, including a discussion of the management of sepsis associated with necrotising pancreatitis, as well as the importance of nutritional therapy.

Week 3: Acute Vomiting and Diarrhoea

Acute gastroenteritis is a feature of many intestinal diseases, including infectious diseases such as parvovirus enteritis to haemorrhagic enteritis syndrome, and even toxin ingestion. This week, we’ll review the treatment and supportive care of the patient with acute vomiting and diarrhoea, using parvovirus enteritis.

Week 4: Acute Liver Failure

Acute liver failure is a relatively uncommon, but very serious condition that can result in severe patient illness and sepsis. We’ll discuss aetiology, diagnostics and therapy of acute severe liver injury, along with general supportive care for the liver patient, including management of hepatic encephalopathy!

Course Tutor


BVSc MVS PG Cert Vet Stud MACVSc (Vet. Emergency and Critical Care; Medicine of Dogs)

Course Features:

Course Fee:

AUD 550

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Live Weekly Tutorials

The 4-week course starts on April 12, 2021 with live tutorials by Dr Philip Judge on Mondays at 19:30 AEST.

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20 CE Credits

This course is ideal for Veterinarians and is RACE-approved for 20 CE credits!


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Course Reviews

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Dr Philip Judge

BVSc MVS PG Cert Vet Clin Stud MACVSc (Vet. Emergency and Critical Care; Medicine of Dogs)

Philip graduated from Massey University in New Zealand in 1992, and spent 7 years in small animal practice before undertaking a 3-year residency in veterinary emergency and critical care at the University of Melbourne in 1998.

Following his residency, Philip worked for nearly 6 years at the Animal Emergency Centre in Melbourne, becoming the Senior Veterinarian at the centre in 2004. In 2006, Philip undertook a 1-year surgical externship before moving to Townsville to take up the position of Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care at JCU. Philip is also co-founder, and director of Vet Education Pty Ltd ( – one of Australia’s leading providers of online continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary nurses.

Philip has published numerous manuals and guides concerning emergency medicine, including a CRI manual, haematology and biochemistry interpretation guide, emergency anaesthesia guide, and a ventilation therapy manual for small animals, in addition to being published in peer reviewed literature.

Philip’s key interests in veterinary science include respiratory emergencies, ventilation therapy, envenomations and toxicology.