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Acute liver disease – from diagnosis to therapy!

Hepatobiliary 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
April 20, 2020

Course Description

The liver is a complex organ. It produces everything from bile acids and protein to glycogen and coagulation factors. Understandable then, when acute liver disease strikes a patient, the results can be serious for the patient, with syndromes such as systemic infection, sepsis and even death resulting.

This course will provide detailed information you need to know about emergency diseases of the liver to enhance patient survival. What’s more, we’ll look at emergency diseases of the biliary system as well, and how to manage conditions such as cholangitis, biliary tract obstruction and biliary tract rupture!

When is it?

Start Date: Monday, April 20, 2020
Duration: 4 Weeks
Live Weekly Tutorials: Mondays at 19:30 AEST (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?

The liver is a complex organ, with complex function. This section will review the structure and function of the normal liver, and outlines the pathophysiology of hepatocellular dysfunction as it applies to dogs and cats. Additionally, the clinical pathology and diagnostic imaging of the patient with liver disease is discussed.
Acute liver failure – also known as acute hepatic necrosis, is characterised by massive hepatocellular damage, destruction of hepatic parenchyma, and the associated reduction in liver function. This is frequently coupled with systemic inflammatory response syndrome, sepsis and vasogenic and toxic encephalopathy. This section discusses this important condition in detail.
This section focuses on inflammatory diseases of the liver, bile ducts and extra-hepatic biliary tree. Additionally, a discussion of hepatic neoplasia and bile duct obstruction is covered, including diagnostic imaging and treatment.
Porto-systemic shunts and hepatic encephalopathy frequently present to the emergency clinician with life-threatening abnormalities of liver function and neurological function. This section presents essential pathophysiology of both of these conditions, diagnostic evaluation and treatments. Additionally, the important condition of feline hepatic lipidosis is discussed.

Special tutorial on Ultrasound of the Liver

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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 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!



I also wanted to take this time to let you know this is the third course I have done through Vet Education and I once again thought it was fantastic. Phil has so much valuable knowledge and is great at explaining things and concepts in such a simple manner. It’s absolutely great.


New Zealand

Thank you so much for offering such great courses! You make them so interesting and I thoroughly enjoy them… and I love putting what I learn from you into practice.



I have really enjoyed and learned so much from the three courses I have completed through Vet Education. Thank you for all your hard work, including the presentation of the course information in a logical, practical way and ensuring that the content of the course is based on the most recent best practice



Course Features

PRICE AUD 550.00

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