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Reproductive Emergencies in Small Animal Practice

Get the latest updates in managing reproductive emergencies in dogs and cats with this 4-week interactive and tutor guided course for Veterinary Nurses/Technicians.

What you'll learn

Reproductive emergencies encompass conditions ranging from disorders of mating and pregnancy, through to dystocia, pyometra and testicular torsion.

This course will cover all of these and more – including neonatal care, caesarean, eclampsia, reproductive cytology, mastitis and more! Full of practical tips, the latest research, and useful tables and resources, this course is essential value for anyone dealing with small animal reproduction!

Week 1: Pregnancy

This week we will cover normal reproductive physiology, along with essential information on normal pregnancy and parturition, nutrition, how to recognise dystocia, and how to give the right advice to clients about birth!

Week 2: Caesarean

Parturition and the caesarean! This week, we will cover the stages of labor, when to be concerned, and what to do about it! We will also look at what you need to prepare for a caesarean, and how to properly resuscitate the puppies and kittens that arrive in surgery! Included this week will be an evaluation of the drugs used in anaesthesia and resuscitation that will help minimise complications.

Week 3: The Critical Neonate

This week is all about the post-partum period - including examination and care of the neonate from birth to 4 weeks, what you should tell clients, nutrition, behavior and more. Let's not forget the mother! This week we will also cover maternal care and nutrition, mastitis and eclampsia!

Week 4: Infections and Neoplasia of the Reproductive Tract

Pyometra, metritis, and vaginitis will be covered this week - how to recognise them, cytology of vulval discharge, and the essential nursing of these patients. We will also take a look at male reproductive infections too, along with common neoplasia of the male and female reproductive tract.

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 October 4, 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

"I am really enjoying the course & am feeling more confident already. Phillip is a wealth of knowledge. Thank you for providing access to such amazing learning opportunities."
"I would like to say thank you so much for providing such an amazing service in your online course."
"I have really enjoyed doing this course. It's made things a lot clearer for me with managing reproductive problems in my patients at work."
New Zealand
"I would like to say how much I enjoyed the reproductive emergencies course. Thank you so much!"

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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.