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Abdominal Emergencies:
Part 2 – Surgical 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

Surgical emergencies of the abdomen are frequently encountered in the dog and cat. Diseases including GDV, intestinal foreign body, intussusception and peritonitis head the list of some very serious diseases.

This 4-week course will provide current reviews on the diagnosis and surgical management of these important diseases, backed up by sound medical support, and anaesthesia/analgesia protocols – all required to ensure optimum patient outcome.

Week 1: GDV

GDV is a condition in which our understanding of priorities during treatment has evolved a lot over the past 10 years or so. We will examine fluid resuscitation, analgesia, stabilisation and decision-making in surgery – including what to do with the engorged – but otherwise healthy-looking spleen! Also included is a look at post-operative monitoring, arrhythmia management and nutrition in the post-surgery period.

Week 2: Intestinal Obstruction

This week is focused on the diagnosis and management of the patient with intestinal obstruction. We’ll review radiographic and sonographic findings in intestinal obstruction, when to go to surgery, and emergency surgical technique – including serosal patching for severely compromised bowel, where resection may not be feasible.

Week 3: Acute Abdominal Haemorrhage

Acute abdominal haemorrhage may result from coagulopathy, bleeding abdominal viscera or vascular disease, among other conditions. This week we will explore acute abdominal haemorrhage, reviewing aetiology, recommended diagnostic tests, the decision to take the patient to surgery, and stabilisation and anaesthetic techniques to optimise patient chance of recovery.

Week 4: Peritonitis

Peritonitis can result from bowel rupture, biliary tract rupture, urinary tract rupture, or penetrating abdominal injury. This week, we’ll discuss the diagnosis and management of peritonitis, including the use of ultrasound, cytology and biochemistry as diagnostic tools, and the role of surgery in facilitating resolution to the underlying cause. We’ll also detail the systemic inflammatory response to severe peritonitis, and how to manage this as well!

Plus, we'll also cover surgical emergencies of the liver and urinary tract as well!

Course Tutor


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

Course Features:

Course Fee:

AUD 550

Live Weekly Tutorials

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

Join us from anywhere

You can join us from almost anywhere you have an internet connection! Click Here to check the course tutorial times where you are!

20 CE Credits

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


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Course Reviews

"Hello Phil and thank you so much for another wonderful course! I really enjoy learning from you - your teaching technique is fabulous and the resources and notes you provide are just so informative!"
"Thanks so much for all your advice and teaching. With so much information around these days, your evidence-based clarification goes a long way! You and your work are very valued at this practice."
"Thank you for your wonderful resources and course. It is fantastic to be able to access it in such a flexible manner. I got a lot out of your notes, presentations and extras that I will refer to often in my work."
"I want to acknowledge and thank you for the tremendous amount of quality information you have imparted to us during this course."

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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.