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Nursing Care of the Critical Patient

Get the latest updates in managing critical patients that walk in to your clinic with this 4-week interactive and tutor guided course for Vet Nurses/Technicians.

What you'll learn

Critically ill patients need special attention. Whether they are suffering from medical conditions such as pyothorax or pancreatitis, or whether they are recovering from trauma or major surgery, they have unique physiological needs that require specific attention to assist optimal recovery.

This course has been written specifically for veterinary nurses and technicians to provide in-depth knowledge of the nursing tools and techniques we can use to help improve patient outcome. Look at the week-by-week breakdown of the topics covered to find out more!

Week 1: Heart and Lungs

Monitoring and treatment of cardiac and respiratory function is crucial to patient survival. This week we’ll look at the monitoring tools of the respiratory tract, including how to reduce the risk of pneumonia in the critical patient, postural and physical therapy for respiratory illness, and oxygen therapy among others. We’ll also include a section on sampling and interpretation of blood gases as well! In addition, we’ll cover key aspects of monitoring the cardiovascular system, including blood pressure, blood lactate, as well as physical parameters of cardiovascular performance.

In addition, we’ll provide you with a working guide to interpretation of abnormal heart rhythm (ECG analysis and interpretation), and a guide to identifying and treating various forms of cardiovascular shock in the critical patient.

Week 2: Gastroenterology and Nutrition

Gastrointestinal dysfunction is common in critical illness, with symptoms ranging from inappetence to vomiting and diarrhoea. This week we will look at critical care of the gastrointestinal tract – including the appropriate use of medications to alter gut function in the critical patient, as well as the key role of nutritional support in improving patient outcome. We’ll provide information on appropriate nutrition, feeding tubes, and feeding protocols for various critical illnesses as well!

Week 3: Wound Management in the Critical Patient

From surgical wounds to traumatic wounds, and even catheter sites, wound management is crucial to patient wellbeing and survival in the critical patient. This week we’ll look at how to appropriately manage hospitalised patients with wounds – from correct tissue handling and cleaning, to selecting the right bandage for your patient to ensure optimum outcome. We’ll also give you some handy guides to bandages and ointments to help you select the right tools for your patient’s wounds!

Week 4: Fluid and Transfusion Therapy for the Critical Patient

Whether your patient is recovering from trauma, or being treated for a serious medical condition, chances are they will require intravenous fluid therapy. This week we’ll talk about fluid therapy for shock, maintenance, and surgery. We’ll also discuss the role of transfusion therapy in the critical patient as well.

Course Tutor


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

Course Features:

Course Fee:

AUD 350

Live Weekly Tutorials

The 4-week course starts on May 31, 2021 with live tutorials by Dr Philip Judge on Mondays at 19:30 AEST.

Join us from anywhere

You can join us from almost anywhere you have an internet connection! Click Here to check the course tutorial times where you are!

20 CE Credits

This course is ideal for Veterinary Nurses/Technicians and is RACE-approved for 20 CE credits!

Course Reviews

"This was a fabulous course. It is the first for me with Philip as the lecturer and I would like to congratulate him on his presentations, knowledge and enthusiasm."
New Zealand
"Your courses always motivate and inspire me to be a better nurse for my patients. So thank you again for another great course"
"I would just like to say I have this course tremendously. Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge."
"Just wanted to say how much I'm enjoying the course and how much I appreciate your attention to detail. Learning lots though and can see how this new knowledge is really going to elevate my nursing skills!"

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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 ( – 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.