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Management of Severe Systemic Illness in Small Animal Practice

This 4-week course will focus on the end-result of these severe illnesses – the development of systemic inflammation, and the organ dysfunction and failure that frequently transpires.

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What you'll learn

Severe illness in dogs and cats can result from many disease conditions, including trauma, inflammatory diseases such as pancreatitis, severe infection, immune-mediated disease to name just a few. This 4-week course will focus on the end-result of these severe illnesses – the development of systemic inflammation, and the organ dysfunction and failure that frequently transpires.

Along the way, we will uncover specific management strategies used to reduce the severity of systemic inflammation, as well as develop specific plans to manage the complications of severe illness when they occur. You will also receive practice protocols, useful algorithms for disease management, and great summaries of the enormous amount of literature published on this topic as well!

Week 1: Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome

This topic will review what we know about the development of severe systemic illness in dogs and cats, and how this creates the syndrome of the systemic inflammatory response. Additionally, we’ll discuss the role of cytokines in inflammation, outline the use of biomarkers for the diagnosis of systemic inflammation, and discuss prognostic indicators for survival. What’s more, we’ll embark on how to treat the many and varied signs of systemic inflammation in the body – from tachycardia and hypotension, to preventing the development of acute kidney failure.

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Week 2: Coagulopathies in Severe Systemic Disease

This topic will discuss the development and management of disseminated intravascular coagulopathy (DIC) in dogs and cats. We’ll cover how to recognize early DIC, along with early management strategies, and will finish with a detailed description of how to treat and monitor the patient with DIC, and its complications.

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Week 3: Syndromes in Multiple Organ Failure

One of the common sequela to severe inflammatory or infectious disease, is the development of organ dysfunction and failure. From acute kidney failure, to cardiac arrhythmias and severe blood pressure anomalies; neurological dysfunction to gastrointestinal failure, we’ll discuss management strategies to support organ function during the most critical phase of patient illness. We’ll also cover the diagnosis and management of acute respiratory distress syndrome as well!

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Week 4: The Diagnosis and Management of Septic Shock

Septic shock is a serious potential sequela to severe systemic illness, with a survival rate of as low as 19% in humans. This week, we’ll look at how to diagnose septic shock early, and how to treat it early, to improve outcome. We’ll also look at the syndrome of critical-illness related corticosteroid insufficiency, and review the literature concerning some interesting research on novel therapies associated with improved survival.

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Course Tutor

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

Course Reviews

"Hello Phil and 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!"
Robert Green
Veterinarian, United States
"Thanks so much for all your advice and teaching. With so much information around these days, your evidence-based clarification goes a long way! You and your work are very valued at this practice."
Julian Smithers
Veterinarian, Australia
"Thank you for your wonderful resources and course. It is fantastic to be able to access it in such a flexible manner. I got a lot out of your notes, presentations and extras that I will refer to often in my work."
Rose Crooke
Veterinarian, New Zealand
"I want to acknowledge and thank you for the tremendous amount of quality information you have imparted to us during this course."
Bethany Reeves
Veterinarian, United Kingdom

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Management of Severe Systemic Illness in Small Animal Practice

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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 (www.veteducation.com) – 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.