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Management of the Small Animal Trauma Patient

This 4-week course will approach the trauma patient from the standpoint of emergency management. From respiratory tract trauma to management of open fractures, and a lot in-between, we’ll present the very latest in management strategies, to give your trauma patient the best chance of survival.

COURSE FEE

AUD 550

Training 5 or more people?

Enroll 5 or more members of your practice and avail a special discount on the course fee!

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Course Blurb:

Trauma in dogs and cats can cause a range of potentially serious conditions, from obvious injuries, such as fractures, open wounds, and external haemorrhage, to serious head trauma, internal haemorrhage, and life-threatening injuries of the chest cavity. This 4-week course will approach the trauma patient from the standpoint of emergency management. From respiratory tract trauma to management of open fractures, and a lot in-between, we’ll present the very latest in management strategies, to give your trauma patient the best chance of survival.
Injuries to the thorax and thoracic structures are very common in traumatised dogs and cats. Because of the vital importance that normal thoracic cage, pulmonary and cardiovascular systems play in the well-being of the patient, it is not surprising that thoracic trauma is a significant cause of both morbidity and mortality in the traumatised patient. This week, we’ll focus on the most common traumatic conditions of the respiratory tract – pulmonary contusions, pneumothorax, diaphragmatic hernia, and thoracic wall trauma – from pathophysiology to treatment!

Head trauma and traumatic brain injury are relatively common consequences of many types of injury in dogs and cats, including road traffic trauma, dog attacks and other accidental injury. Head trauma can be potentially devastating to an animal if it is not managed appropriately. However, with timely and appropriate management, many animals that present with severe brain injury can make good neurological recovery, and regain good quality of life. This week, we’lll review the normal physiology of the brain, the response of the brain to injury, and the latest recommendations on management of brain trauma, to give your patients the best chance of a positive outcome.

Fluid therapy forms an essential part of the management of the trauma patient- from the treatment of hypovolaemic shock, to fluid maintenance. However, fluid therapy is not without risk. This week, we’ll will focus on fluid therapy in the trauma patient, including the management of shock, and control of haemorrhage through to how to avoid fluid overload, how to detect and manage trauma-associated coagulopathy, transfusion therapy.and also how to manage the trauma patient with severe intra-cavitary haemorrhage!

This week, we’ll conclude the course with the approach to wound management in the trauma patient, along with emergency stabilisation of long bone fractures, as well as a review of the approach to stabilising the patient with urinary tract trauma, such as bladder rupture. We’ll also look at the pharmacology of the trauma patient – including analgesic techniques, and rational antibiotic choices among others.

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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COURSE FEE

AUD 550

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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.

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