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Fluid Therapy in Small Animal Practice 2022

Fluid Therapy in Small Animal Practice

Thank you for an amazing response and for attending the 2022 Fluid Therapy Course! All lecture recordings and resources are available within the Vet Education Course Area for you to view at leisure.

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What you'll learn

Fluid therapy is essential in the management of many small animal diseases, including surgical conditions, medical illness, emergency medicine, anaesthesia management and more! But with so many fluid choices and recommendations available, it can be challenging to select the right fluid therapy prescription for your patient – especially as no two patients are the same – even if they have the same condition – such as parvovirus enteritis!

This course will help you solve your fluid therapy problems! You’ll review all of the essentials of fluid therapy – from fluid types, administration rates and how to effectively monitor your patient – so that your fluid therapy is as effective in practice as it can be. We will cover fluid dynamics, creating a fluid plan for your patient, shock, transfusion therapy, and fluid therapy in different disease states – such as diarrhea, renal failure, heart disease, cesarean and more!

Week 1: Introduction to Fluid Therapy

Our patients are approximately 70% water! Cleverly though, not all of the water is in the one place – we have fluid compartments, such as blood, interstitial fluid, and intracellular fluid compartments. This week, you’ll learn the characteristics of these fluid compartments, and how our fluid therapy interacts with them - both in health and disease. You’ll also get an overview of the controversy of colloid fluid therapy in critical illness, as well as an insight into the dangers of fluid overload - as well as excessive fluid restriction!

Week 2: Shock

This week we’ll look at how to accurately diagnose and manage different types of shock - including hypovolaemic, anaphylactic, cardiogenic and septic shock - using what we have learnt about body fluid compartments and fluid types! What’s more, we’ll also look at what to do in the scenario that occurs when our patient doesn’t respond to our treatment with intravenous fluids!

Week 3: The Fluid Therapy Plan

Administering intravenous fluids is like prescribing a course of medication for our patients. If we don’t have a plan for our fluids, we could end up giving our patient a fluid that is the wrong type, at the wrong rate, or even make our sick patient even more sick. This week we will look at how we can develop a simple and effective fluid plan for every patient we see in hospital!

Week 4: Fluid Therapy in Disease States

This week is all about the application of what we’ve learnt in the course to real-life cases. You’ll develop fluid therapy plans for patients with pancreatitis, parvovirus, urethral obstruction and more. We’ll talk about electrolyte abnormalities and blood lactate as well, and how knowledge of these parameters can help with fluid choices, and other management strategies.

Bonus Topic: Transfusion Medicine

Transfusion therapy is a critical part of fluid therapy in many patients. In this special topic, you will learn the essentials of transfusion medicine, from blood typing and crossmatching to transfusion delivery and monitoring. Know when patients need a transfusion, know how to calculate transfusion blood volumes, how to collect blood from dogs and cats safely, and what to do when a transfusion reaction occurs!

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 4-week course starts on May 30, 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!

20 CE Credits

This course is ideal for Veterinary Nurses/Technicians and is RACE-approved for 20 CE credits!

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

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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.