Ventilate to save a life!

Respiratory Emergencies in Small Animal Practice

4-Week RACE-Approved Interactive and Tutor Guided Course

Your Tutor
Dr. Philip Judge

Who is it for?
Vet Nurses

Start Date
NOVEMBER 2, 2020

Course Description

The patient in respiratory distress is an urgent and critical patient, that requires not only a sound therapeutic approach to save the patients’ life, but a sound and appropriate diagnostic approach to determine – and subsequently manage – the underlying cause.

Over the 4-weeks of this course, we will review the diagnostic and therapeutic approach to the patient in respiratory distress – from pharyngeal obstruction to diaphragmatic hernia; laryngeal paralysis to flail chest and lots in-between!

When is it?

Start Date: Monday, November 2, 2020
Duration: 4 Weeks
Live Weekly Tutorials: Mondays at 19:30 AEDT (Sydney Time)

All live tutorials are recorded. If you are unable to attend the live tutorial, a link to the recording will be shared with you a few days following the tutorial.

What's in the Course?

This topic is all about saving the severely distressed respiratory patient – from the time of initial presentation, to the time the patient is stabilised. Topics will cover everything from oxygen therapy, thoracocentesis and ventilation therapy, to appropriate use of pharmacology to manage the severely distressed dyspnoeic patient. Full of video content from real cases, useful algorithms, and helpful information, we’ll try to take the stress out of dealing with these potentially fatally unwell patients in the emergency situation.

This topic is all about lung and airway diseases, from brachycephalics to laryngeal paralysis; allergic bronchial diseases to pneumonia and lots in-between. We will discuss patient stabilisation, acute therapy, and the transition from acute care to chronic management. We will also look at appropriate the management of patients with such diverse conditions as pulmonary contusions, pneumonia, congestive heart failure, near drowning, electrocution and sepsis-induced ARDS!

The pleural space is one of those “potential spaces” in the body – sandwiched between the visceral and parietal pleural surfaces. However, when air or fluid enters (or intestinal viscera for that matter!), the pleural space becomes a real space, leading to collapse of the lungs, increasing respiratory rate and effort, and rapid patient decompensation. This topic will look at how to manage patients with pleural space disease – from those with pneumothorax to diaphragmatic hernia, and, as a special treat, we’ll even discuss fixation techniques for flail chest!

This final topic in the course will cover the essentials of respiratory critical care, and monitoring of the patient with serious lung disease, including oxygen therapy, and respiratory pharmacology; acute ventilation therapy and monitoring. Included in this week will be a detailed description of ventilation therapy – including indications, how to ventilate your patients effectively and safely, minimising barotrauma, oxygen toxicity and nosocomial infections, and the delicate process of weaning from ventilation assistance!

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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Course Features

PRICE AUD 350.00