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A Vet Course You Can't Miss!

Management of Severe Systemic Illness in Small Animal Practice

4-Week Interactive and Tutor Guided Course

Your Tutor
Dr. Philip Judge

Who is it for?
Start Date
April 29, 2019

Course Description

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!

When is it?

Start Date: Monday, April 29, 2019
Duration: 4 Weeks
Live Weekly Tutorials: Mondays at 7:30 PM AEST (Sydney Time)

These live tutorials are recorded if you are unable to participate in real-time. To check the time in your local area, please click here.

What's in the Course?

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.
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.
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!
Critical care of the critical patient involves having a specific approach to the patient – including supporting the gastrointestinal tract, nutritional needs, providing physical support and more. Additionally, prudent and specific choices must be made regarding medications too. This topic will cover all of these things, along with providing a daily check-list for your patients, to ensure nothing is missed!

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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