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Paws Under Pressure: An Emergency Medicine Conference

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Paws Under Pressure: An Emergency Medicine Conference

An emergency presentation comes through the door – how do you feel? Vaguely panicked? Completely terrified? Quietly confident?

 

It’s really hard to shift gears from routine consults to dropping everything to deal with an unexpected emergency case. You have to remain calm and be able to flip a switch – moving from the routine to the urgent and critical. This conference aims to leave you with the capability to make that transition seamlessly. 

Ex pat Australian vets, Kate Hopper (UC Davis) and Dominic Barfield (RVC) and local experts Merrin Hicks and Sam Longwill help you develop an instinctive, first principles approach and provide you with some useful rules of thumb. They will help you to avoid cognitive overload in these high-pressure situations by demonstrating key clinical markers to help narrow down your list of differential diagnoses. And they will assist you with refining the art of critical care medicine – starting to make the patient better whilst you’re still working out what’s going on.

The collapsed patient, updates in CPR and approach to respiratory distress will all be discussed, along with intoxications, blocked cats and pain relief and sedation within the ER. Our presenters will share their own hard-learned lessons to help you identify and avoid common mistakes in critical care.

This is one conference you can’t afford to miss!

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will be able:

  • Develop a refined approach to initial assessment and stabilisation of the critical patient
  • Understand the applications and limitations of point of care diagnostic tools and tests for emergency presentations
  • Have a better understanding of the work up and stabilisation of patients in respiratory distress
  • Develop a first principles approach to envenomations, intoxications and poisonings

Program

Download Program
Day Monday 21st October – Initial Assessment & Stabilisation   
8.00 - 8.30 Registration + Welcome Simone Maher
8.35

Approach to the collapsed patient + Q&A session

Dom Barfield 
9.30

CPR – update on approach and getting the team involved + Q&A

Kate Hopper
10.50

Clinical decision-making using POCUS + Q&A

Dom Barfield
11.50

Evaluation of oxygenation in the critical patient + Q&A

Kate Hopper
1.35

Venous blood gas interpretation - how to use it in concert with pulse ox readings and physical examination + Q&A

Kate Hopper
2.25

Pain relief/sedation in the ER + Q&A

Merrin Hicks
3.30 - 4.30 What test is best, and when to do them?? + Q&A Dom Barfield
Day 1 Breaks  Morning tea 10.30 (20 min), Lunch 12.50 (45 min) and Afternoon tea 3.15 (15 min)
Day 2 Tuesday 22nd October – Respiratory Distress  
8.00 Common errors made in the ER/ICU (and how to avoid them) + Q&A Dom Barfield
9.00 Respiratory distress localisation I + Q&A Kate Hopper
10.20 Respiratory distress localisation II + Q&A Kate Hopper
11.15 Stabilising the septic patient + Q&A Dom Barfield
1.00 Antibiotic use in sick patients + Q&A Dom Barfield
1.55 Mechanical ventilation 101 – what you can achieve in your own practice + Q&A Kate Hopper
3.05 - 4 The dogma of blocked cats + Q&A Dom Barfield
Day 2 Breaks Morning tea 10.00 (20 min), Lunch 12.15 (45 min) and Afternoon tea 2.55 (10 min)
Day 3 Wednesday 24th October – Toxins, Venoms & Poisons  
8.00 Ingested toxin/overdose management + Q&A Kate Hopper
9.00 Status epilepticus (including toxicants that cause seizures) + Q&A Sam Long
10.20 Interpreting coagulation tests (50 mins) and case studies of patients with coagulopathies + Q&A Dom Barfield
11.15 Practicalities of blood transfusions in cats and dogs + Q&A Kate Hopper
1.00 Australian nasties: snakes, ticks and spiders + Q&A Merrin Hicks
1.55 Firey topic: are there any approaches you disagree on? Let’s discuss + Q&A Kate Hopper, Merrin Hicks & Dom Barfield
3.05 - 4 Is this a test?? + Q&A Kate vs the world Ft Quizmaster Dom
Day 3 Breaks  Morning tea 10.00 (20 min), Lunch 12.15 (45 min) and Afternoon tea 2.50 (15 min)

Who should enrol?

This course is suitable for qualified veterinarians. Veterinary students are welcome to enrol.

 
   Full Conference  
Registrant Type Early Bird Full Rate     
Member* $1,710 $1,800    
Recent Grad / Part-Time Member $1,070 $1,125    
Student Member N/A $900    
Non-Member/eMember N/A $2,250    

*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members.  

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Workshops and Conferences
Monday, 21 October 2024 to
Wednesday, 23 October 2024
8:30 AM
20 CPD Point/s
Early Bird
23 Aug 2024

State Library Victoria
Village Roadshow Theatrette Entrance 3
179 La Trobe Street
Melbourne VIC
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Workshops and Conferences
Monday, 21 October 2024 to
Wednesday, 23 October 2024
8:30 AM
20 CPD Point/s
Early Bird
23 Aug 2024

State Library Victoria
Village Roadshow Theatrette Entrance 3
179 La Trobe Street
Melbourne VIC
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Tutor/s

Kate Hopper
BVSc, MVS, PhD, DACVECC
Kate graduated from the University of Melbourne, Australia. After 4 years in small animal practice she went on to complete a residency in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care a...
Dominic Barfield
BSc BVSc MVetMed DACVECC DECVECC FHEA MRCVS
Dom Barfield has been working at the RVC for 15 years in both the Emergency Room and the ICU. Following graduation at the University of Sydney, Dom spent time in general practice i...
Merrin Hicks
BVSc (hons) MVSc FANZCVS (ECC)
Merrin is a graduate of the University of Sydney, and a registered specialist in emergency and critical care. She completed her residency training at Melbourne and Murdoch Universi...
Sam Long
BVSc PhD DipECVN
Dr Long graduated from Melbourne University before undergoing his residency and specialist training in Glasgow in the UK. Following his specialist training he undertook a PhD in c...
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Kate Hopper
BVSc, MVS, PhD, DACVECC
Kate graduated from the University of Melbourne, Australia. After 4 years in small animal practice she went on to complete a residency in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care a...
Dominic Barfield
BSc BVSc MVetMed DACVECC DECVECC FHEA MRCVS
Dom Barfield has been working at the RVC for 15 years in both the Emergency Room and the ICU. Following graduation at the University of Sydney, Dom spent time in general practice i...
Merrin Hicks
BVSc (hons) MVSc FANZCVS (ECC)
Merrin is a graduate of the University of Sydney, and a registered specialist in emergency and critical care. She completed her residency training at Melbourne and Murdoch Universi...
Sam Long
BVSc PhD DipECVN
Dr Long graduated from Melbourne University before undergoing his residency and specialist training in Glasgow in the UK. Following his specialist training he undertook a PhD in c...

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Paws Under Pressure: An Emergency Medicine Conference

Paws under Pressure: An Emergency Medicine Conference
Navigating the shift from routine veterinary consults to emergency cases demands a unique skill set. The upcoming conference, led by experienced expatriate Australian vets Kate Hopper and Dominic Barfield, and supported by local experts Merrin Hicks and Sam Long, promises to equip attendees with the skills for seamless transitions.

An emergency presentation comes through the door – how do you feel? Vaguely panicked? Completely terrified? Quietly confident?

 

It’s really hard to shift gears from routine consults to dropping everything to deal with an unexpected emergency case. You have to remain calm and be able to flip a switch – moving from the routine to the urgent and critical. This conference aims to leave you with the capability to make that transition seamlessly. 

Ex pat Australian vets, Kate Hopper (UC Davis) and Dominic Barfield (RVC) and local experts Merrin Hicks and Sam Longwill help you develop an instinctive, first principles approach and provide you with some useful rules of thumb. They will help you to avoid cognitive overload in these high-pressure situations by demonstrating key clinical markers to help narrow down your list of differential diagnoses. And they will assist you with refining the art of critical care medicine – starting to make the patient better whilst you’re still working out what’s going on.

The collapsed patient, updates in CPR and approach to respiratory distress will all be discussed, along with intoxications, blocked cats and pain relief and sedation within the ER. Our presenters will share their own hard-learned lessons to help you identify and avoid common mistakes in critical care.

This is one conference you can’t afford to miss!

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will be able:

  • Develop a refined approach to initial assessment and stabilisation of the critical patient
  • Understand the applications and limitations of point of care diagnostic tools and tests for emergency presentations
  • Have a better understanding of the work up and stabilisation of patients in respiratory distress
  • Develop a first principles approach to envenomations, intoxications and poisonings

Program

Download Program
Day Monday 21st October – Initial Assessment & Stabilisation   
8.00 - 8.30 Registration + Welcome Simone Maher
8.35

Approach to the collapsed patient + Q&A session

Dom Barfield 
9.30

CPR – update on approach and getting the team involved + Q&A

Kate Hopper
10.50

Clinical decision-making using POCUS + Q&A

Dom Barfield
11.50

Evaluation of oxygenation in the critical patient + Q&A

Kate Hopper
1.35

Venous blood gas interpretation - how to use it in concert with pulse ox readings and physical examination + Q&A

Kate Hopper
2.25

Pain relief/sedation in the ER + Q&A

Merrin Hicks
3.30 - 4.30 What test is best, and when to do them?? + Q&A Dom Barfield
Day 1 Breaks  Morning tea 10.30 (20 min), Lunch 12.50 (45 min) and Afternoon tea 3.15 (15 min)
Day 2 Tuesday 22nd October – Respiratory Distress  
8.00 Common errors made in the ER/ICU (and how to avoid them) + Q&A Dom Barfield
9.00 Respiratory distress localisation I + Q&A Kate Hopper
10.20 Respiratory distress localisation II + Q&A Kate Hopper
11.15 Stabilising the septic patient + Q&A Dom Barfield
1.00 Antibiotic use in sick patients + Q&A Dom Barfield
1.55 Mechanical ventilation 101 – what you can achieve in your own practice + Q&A Kate Hopper
3.05 - 4 The dogma of blocked cats + Q&A Dom Barfield
Day 2 Breaks Morning tea 10.00 (20 min), Lunch 12.15 (45 min) and Afternoon tea 2.55 (10 min)
Day 3 Wednesday 24th October – Toxins, Venoms & Poisons  
8.00 Ingested toxin/overdose management + Q&A Kate Hopper
9.00 Status epilepticus (including toxicants that cause seizures) + Q&A Sam Long
10.20 Interpreting coagulation tests (50 mins) and case studies of patients with coagulopathies + Q&A Dom Barfield
11.15 Practicalities of blood transfusions in cats and dogs + Q&A Kate Hopper
1.00 Australian nasties: snakes, ticks and spiders + Q&A Merrin Hicks
1.55 Firey topic: are there any approaches you disagree on? Let’s discuss + Q&A Kate Hopper, Merrin Hicks & Dom Barfield
3.05 - 4 Is this a test?? + Q&A Kate vs the world Ft Quizmaster Dom
Day 3 Breaks  Morning tea 10.00 (20 min), Lunch 12.15 (45 min) and Afternoon tea 2.50 (15 min)

Who should enrol?

This course is suitable for qualified veterinarians. Veterinary students are welcome to enrol.

 
   Full Conference  
Registrant Type Early Bird Full Rate     
Member* $1,710 $1,800    
Recent Grad / Part-Time Member $1,070 $1,125    
Student Member N/A $900    
Non-Member/eMember N/A $2,250    

*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members.  

When
21/10/2024 8:30 AM - 23/10/2024 4:00 PM
AUS Eastern Summer Time
Where
State Library Victoria Village Roadshow Theatrette Entrance 3 179 La Trobe Street Melbourne, VIC 3000 AUSTRALIA