Vet Education Webinars

FREE Webinar – Analgesia and Anaesthesia of the Patient with Liver Disease

Free Webinar – Ideal for Veterinarians

Dr. Philip Judge

Who is it for?

Start Date
April 8, 2020


Patients with liver disease can require anaesthesia for a number of reasons-  including feeding tube placement, liver biopsy, or management of biliary tract problems. However, the liver disease patient presents several unique problems when it comes to anaesthesia. Firstly, almost all of the anaesthetic drugs we commonly use and metabolised to some extent in the liver – and the rates of metabolism of these drugs can be altered significantly in the patient with liver disease. Secondly, some medications, such as the benzodiazepines, can cause significant central nervous system depression in the patient with hepatic encephalopathy, raising caution when using them for seizure control, for example. Add to that, that many patients with liver disease have coagulation disorders, and severe inflammation, which can result in intra-operative haemorrhage, hypovolaemia, and hypotension, and the anaesthetic can become a complicated undertaking.

Join us for the FREE webinar, where we’ll examine how we can select appropriate anaesthetic protocols for patients with liver disease and hepatic encephalopathy; how to stabilise the patient, and how we can manage complications in a simple and effective manner to reduce risk to our patients.

This webinar is brought to you by the upcoming Vet Education course for Veterinarians, “Hepatobiliary Emergencies in Small Animal Practice” – a 4-week interactive and online course – starting April 20th, 2020!

When is it?

Note: This webinar is being recorded. If you are unable to attend the live lecture, a link to the recording will be shared with you a few days following the lecture.

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.

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This webinar is brought to you by:

Upcoming Vet Education course for Veterinarians, “Hepatobiliary Emergencies in Small Animal Practice” – a 4-week interactive and online course – starting April 20th, 2020!
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