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Diabetic Keto-Acidosis: A Real Emergency

Endocrine Emergencies in Small Animal Practice

4-week RACE-Approved Interactive and Tutor-Guided Course

Your Tutor
Dr. Philip Judge

Who is it for?

Start Date
November 10, 2020

Course Description

Endocrine emergencies encompass a wide range of diseases – including diabetic ketoacidosis, hypothyroid coma, hypoadrenocorticism and catastrophic abdominal haemorrhage from pheochromocytoma, to name a few.

This 4-week course will delve into the most common endocrine emergencies seen in small animal practice – reviewing the most recent literature, to present a concise account of these important diseases, and how you, as a clinician, can achieve the best outcome for your patient.

When is it?

Start Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Duration: 4 Weeks
Live Weekly Tutorials: Tuesdays at 19:30 AEDT (Sydney Time)

All live tutorials are 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.

What's in the Course?

Diabetic ketoacidosis is one of the most common endocrine emergencies, producing a range of clinical signs and metabolic derangements causing considerable patient morbidity. This week we will detail the pathophysiology of DKA, and will outline a step-by-step approach to patient management, including how to manage (or even avoid!) the common complications of treatment, including hypophosphataemia and haemolytic anaemia. Additionally, we will also look at the management of hypoglycaemia caused by insulinoma.
The adrenal glands are crucial! They secrete cortisol, aldosterone and a host of other transmitters that have a profound impact on the function of the body. This week we will look at the emergency presentations of hypoadrenocorticism and pheochromocytoma – diseases which can produce profound organ dysfunction and patient illness.
Thyroid hormone is essential for normal life. This week we will explore hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism – how to diagnose them, how to treat them, and how to recognise and deal with complications, such as blood pressure alterations and cardiac manifestations of these important diseases.
This week is all about drinking problems – often associated with excess levels of, or insufficient levels of important hormones such as anti-diuretic hormone, and aldosterone, or defective kidneys or central nervous system hormone production. We will de-code the patient with excessive thirst, and delve into the important disorders of calcium and sodium balance that can result from these conditions.

Your Tutor

Dr. Philip Judge​

BVSc MVS PG Cert Vet Stud MACVSc (Vet. Emergency and Critical Care; Medicine of Dogs) Director: Vet Education Pty Ltd

Philip graduated from Massey University in New Zealand in 1992, and spent 7 years in small animal practice before undertaking a 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, and is a published author in snake envenomation in peer reviewed literature. Philip is also a founding scientific advisory committee member of SnakeMap, a project designed to improve our understanding of snake envenomation in dogs and cats in Australia Philips key interests in veterinary science include respiratory emergencies, ventilation therapy, emergency management of the trauma patient, emergency surgery and envenomations and toxicology.


Thank you so much for the help and for the amazing course! I will definitely be completing further courses through Vet Education as I am finding both the webinars and the reading materials extremely informative.



Thank you so much for this amazing course. I’ve found the webinars extremely helpful and I feel much more confident with my fluid therapy in our patients.

Hannah W

New Zealand

I think this is the best cpd course I’ve ever been on – certainly the most useful!

Alannah B


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Course Features

PRICE AUD 550.00

Note: Vet Education now offers a flexible payment option, to help make getting your CE even easier!