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Emergency Care of Rabbits & Rodents TimeOnline OnDemand

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Emergency Care of Rabbits & Rodents TimeOnline OnDemand

Rabbits and rodents are becoming increasingly common pets in today’s society.

These patients have a profound, innate ability to mask signs of disease. The consequence of this is that they frequently present in a critical condition and require emergency care. This ability to hide clinical illness, combined with their small size and susceptibility to significant stress, can make them challenging creatures to treat.

This course aims to introduce the veterinary clinician to the principles of assessment, triage and stabilisation of rabbit and rodent emergencies. The first module outlines physical exam and diagnostic testing in critical patients. The second module discusses clinical consequences encountered in critical patients and their appropriate management.  

The ultimate goal of this course is to improve the knowledge and confidence of veterinarians when faced with rabbit and rodent emergencies and empower them to provide a higher level of care to these species.  

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this course, you will:

Module 1:  Triage and initial assessment of rabbit and rodent emergencies  
Learning outcomes:

  • Understand how rabbits and rodents mask clinical signs of disease and how this influences the way they present in times of illness 
  • Be able to triage and perform a physical exam in critical rabbits and rodents and be alert to physiological parameters that are abnormal  
  • Understand ways to minimise and manage stress in hospital for these patients  
  • Be familiar with the hallmarks of shock in rabbits and rodents  
  • Understand the importance of gastrointestinal function in herbivorous small mammals  
  • Select appropriate diagnostic tests to facilitate diagnosis and direct targeted treatment according to the abnormalities found on examination and the reason/s for presentation  
  • Understand the limitations of performing certain diagnostics in rabbits and rodents and when chemical restraint may be required  

  

Module 2: Stabilisation and critical care of rabbits and rodents  
Learning outcomes:  

  • Know the common clinical consequences that may need addressing in rabbit and rodent emergencies 
  • Be able to provide appropriate emergency treatment to rabbit and rodent patients depending on their individual needs 
  • Know the fluid therapy access sites for rabbits and rodents and be able to formulate a fluid therapy plan according to the patient’s requirements 
  • Be able to select and provide appropriate analgesic options for rabbits and rodents suffering painful conditions
  • Know the appropriate supplementary nutrition options for rabbits and rodents 
  • Understand how to manage ileus in herbivorous species  

 

Modules

  1. Triage and initial assessment of rabbit and rodent emergencies  
  2. Stabilisation and critical care of rabbits and rodents  

What is a TimeOnline OnDemand?

Flexible and accessible online CPD

TimeOnline OnDemand are short online continuing education programs that you can start and finish at a time that suits you.

Created by content matter experts, each OnDemand course gives you access to videos, presentations, notes, supplementary readings and an opportunity to test your knowledge. Succinct and engaging, these courses are designed to fit around your busy life and within your areas of interest.

Duration: Self-paced
CPD points: 5
Discussion forum: No

Who should enrol?

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

 
Registrant Type TOL OnDemand
Members* $150
Part Time / Recent Graduate Member $150
Student Member $150
eMember / Non-Member $300
*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members
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Delivered Online
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Tutor/s

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Olivia Clarke
BSc BVMS MANZCVS (Unusual Pets, Avian)
Olivia graduated from Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia in 2015. She has always had a special interest in birds and exotic species. She is a member of the Australian a...
Olivia Clarke
BSc BVMS MANZCVS (Unusual Pets, Avian)
Olivia graduated from Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia in 2015. She has always had a special interest in birds and exotic species. She is a member of the Australian a...

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