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Emergency Medicine in Small Animal Practice

Get the latest updates in managing Emergency Medicine in dogs and cats with this 5-week interactive and tutor guided course for Veterinary Nurses.

What you'll learn

Emergency cases can be stressful. The patient not only may be seriously compromised – but may have disorders of more than one body system. To give our emergency patients the best chance of survival and good outcome, we need to act quickly and efficiently. We do this by being prepared, and knowing what to do, and when to do it. Emergency Medicine in Small Animal Practice is a course that will give you the tools to prepare you and your clinic to offer your emergency patients the very best care possible. You’ll learn effective triage, airway management, fluid therapy, analgesia, monitoring and much more!

This 5-week online course is fully updated for 2022 to include the very latest in veterinary knowledge on stabilising and managing the emergency patient – from the trauma victim, to acute medical or surgical disease.

Week 1: The Emergency Patient: First Aid to Triage

The first week of the emergency medicine course will cover initial telephone contact with the client – including the dos and don’ts of telephone advice, and how to get the most from your conversation in the shortest time! We will also cover giving advice of first aid at the scene of an emergency, and how to best prepare your clinic for the arrival of an emergency patient!

Additionally, we will cover the principles and practice of triage, along with how to conduct the patients’ first clinical examination on arrival at the vet clinic (the Primary Survey). We will also cover the essentials of history extraction from the owner, and those essential patient samples required to assist you and your veterinarian manage the case effectively!

Week 2: The Patient in Respiratory Distress

This week, we’ll cover management of the patient with breathing difficulty. Learn a methodical and proven method to evaluate and treat patients with breathing difficulties - from airway obstruction, diaphragmatic hernia, and pneumonia to pneumothorax, and a lot in-between - the nurses role is critical! You will also learn how to correctly administer oxygen therapy, provide short-term ventilation therapy, and how to monitor the effectiveness of a patient's breathing. We'll even take a look at blood gas analysis too!

Week 3: Shock!

Shock is a serious complication of many emergency illnesses, that can result in significant illness, and even death if it is not diagnosed and treated appropriately. Shock can be caused by many things, including trauma, heart disease, anaphylaxis, and infectious organisms, among other things. This week, you’ll learn how to diagnose different types of shock, the principles behind recommended treatment, and how to monitor your patient for effective treatment. You’ll also learn transfusion medicine as it relates to the emergency patient, acute traumatic coagulopathy, and much more!

Week 4: The Deteriorating Patient

What if your patient looks worse after your treatment? Or what if they initially look OK - but then clinically deteriorate? This topic will examine what to monitor, how to monitor, and when to raise the alarm when the patient is not improving. You’ll also learn why our patients sometimes deteriorate or 'crash' - and what YOU can do to help prevent this from happening!

Week 5: Post-Resuscitation Management

This week, we’ll discuss the best way to monitor and manage your emergency patients following acute resuscitation. We will not only discuss monitoring techniques, but will give you an introduction to nursing the critically ill or injured patient! What’s more, we’ll also look at specific emergencies, such as GDV, head trauma, pancreatitis and more!

Course Tutor

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

Course Features:

Course Fee:

AUD 350

Live Weekly Tutorials

The 5-week course starts on February 21, 2022 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!

25 CE Credits

This course is ideal for Veterinary Nurses/Technicians and is RACE-approved for 25 CE credits!

Important Note:

All live tutorials are being recorded. If you are unable to attend the live tutorial, a link to the recording will be shared with you a few days following the tutorial.

Get a FREE eBook by CRC Press when you sign up for this course!

Not only will you get a great course, with the latest information, practice protocols, interaction, and case studies – but you also get a FREE ebook in addition to your course notes, full of useful chapters on procedures and emergency monitoring and disease management, courtesy of our great friends at CRC Press!

Don’t miss out!

Course Reviews

“I think this is the best cpd course I've ever been on”
New Jersey
“Really enjoy the presentations delivered during the emergency course. They are fantastic. Some of the best lectures around.”
“Thank you so much for this course Philip. You are a great teacher and speaker”
“Can’t praise the course content highly enough - and love the protocols.”
New Zealand

Make scary go away!
Master the knack of effective decision-making in managing emergency medicine in dogs and cats!

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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.