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Trauma in the Small Animal Patient Vet Education 2022

Trauma in the Small Animal Patient

Get the latest updates in managing trauma in dogs and cats with this interactive and tutor guided course for Veterinarians.

What you'll learn

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. You will learn the latest in the management of respiratory tract trauma, traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, urinary tract trauma, emergency fracture and wound management and more. Full of practical recommendations, you’ll get the very latest in management strategies, to give your trauma patient the best chance of survival.

Week 1: Respiratory Tract Trauma

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!

Week 2: Head Trauma and Traumatic Brain Injury

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. We will 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.

Week 3: Fluid Therapy for the Trauma Patient

Fluid therapy is an important tool utilized to stabilise the cardiovascular system in patients with trauma. Not only does fluid therapy assist in the management of shock, but it is also critical in ensuring normal tissue perfusion, hydration and replacement of fluid losses from the patient.

This week, you’ll learn critical aspects of fluid therapy in the trauma patient – including the management of shock, the concept of judicious fluid resuscitation, hypotensive resuscitation, transfusion therapy and a lot more. You’ll explore the use of transfusion therapy in the trauma patient as well, and develop strategies to controlling and minimizing the impact of haemorrhage into the thoracic cavity, abdominal cavity, and fracture sites

Week 4: Traumatic Wounds, Musculoskeletal and Urinary Tract Trauma

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 Features:

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!

Live Weekly Tutorials

The 4-week course starts on October 31, 2022 with live tutorials by Dr Philip Judge on Mondays at 19:30 AEDT.

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 Veterinarians and is RACE-approved for 20 CE credits!

Get a free eBook on Trauma Management by CRC Press and a free infographic on Trauma-Associated Coagulopathy when you sign up for this course!

Along with a comprehensive course eBook, every participant who signs up for the Trauma in Small Animal Patient course will receive a free eBook on Trauma Management in Dogs and Cats, courtesy of CRC Press.

⭐ Every participant will also receive a free infographic on Trauma-Associated Coagulopathy!

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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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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.


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