Shock & Fluid Therapy | Centre for Veterinary Education

Shock & Fluid Therapy

This course is designed for all practitioners who want to maximize their use of fluid therapy; and for those who want to take the next step to developing skills in critical care medicine.

Fluid therapy is used daily in our practice. It is one of the cheapest treatments we offer, resulting in dramatic improvements in our patients. However, indications for fluid therapy use, other than rehydration, is often overlooked. 

As well as developing skills in critical care medicine, this course will help you develop an understanding of why electrolyte and acid-base balance is so important in our critical patients, and how we can manage these abnormalities with fluid therapy. In the final module, we will delve into transfusion medicine so you will be more confident in managing the next acutely anaemic patient.

Veterinary nurses with a special interest in the topic are welcome to enrol in this course. Please be aware that the course is designed for qualified veterinarians and you should consider this in light of your knowledge and experience before you register.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the physiology/pathophysiology of fluid dynamics in health and disease

  • Understand indications and contraindications of different fluid types, in order to the practice safe fluid therapy

  • Manage electrolyte disturbances in the critically ill patient

  • Develop a detailed understanding of transfusion therapy in the dog and cat.


  1. Physiology

  2. Electrolytes and blood gas

  3. Fluid therapy 

  4. Transfusion therapy 

Course Delivery

This course includes:

  • A set of written notes and photographs within each module
  • Self-assessed multiple choice quizzes to test your knowledge and understanding

  • A discussion forum for conversation, debate and information exchange with your peers and tutors

  • An electronic certificate available for download upon successful completion of the course

The estimated time to complete this course is 10 hours and it will be open for 4 weeks.


Monday 8 October - Sunday 4 November 2018
Delivered Online



Duana McBride graduate from the University of Sydney, Australia in 2004 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science, where she developed an interest in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. After several years in general practice and referral emergency practice, she endeavoured to pursue her dreams by undertaking a residency program at Murdoch University, Australia, which was completed in 2013. She obtained her diploma with the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2013, alongside a Masters in Veterinary Medical Science (Murdoch University). Since 2013, Duana has been working as a lecturer in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College in the United Kingdom, where she has a strong passion in clinical teaching and continued to develop her research interest in coagulation. She has a strong clinical interest in fluid therapy, coagulation, and acid-base/electrolytes.


Lynda Rutherford graduated from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary Collage, University of Edinburgh in 2005. She worked in rural mixed Practice in Cheshire, England for 10 months before working in a Small Animal only Practice, with a high surgical case load. Lynda completed a 1 year rotating Internship at the Royal Veterinary Collage (RVC), London in 2009-2010 before undertaking a residency in Small Animal Surgery also at the RVC. After completing her residency she passed the European Collage of Veterinary Surgery Diploma examinations in 2015. Lynda has been working as a Soft Tissue Surgeon at the RVC since completing her residency and she enjoys the challenge and multidisciplinary approach of trauma cases.

Course Fees

Member TypeTimeOnline
Recent Grad / Part-time Member$289
Student Member$145
Non-member / eMember$578
*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members

You may be eligible for a 10% discount off your registration. Please read the full Terms & Conditions to see if you are eligible.

The TimeOnline nurse rate is the same as the Recent Grad/Part-time member rate in the table above. 

Discounts and nurse registrations can’t be processed online so please contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 or


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Further details

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