Develop your capacity to treat emergency and critical care cases confidently every single time.
This course aims to develop your practical skills and techniques for the treatment and monitoring of critically ill animals.
The emphasis on case-based problem solving and the basics of critical care makes this an essential course for veterinarians in all practice situations.
Hear what tutor Trudi Mcalees has to say about the course-
"The tutors were fantastic. The information was extremely relevant to general practice. I feel confident attending to emergency patients."
Nicole Johnston, QLD
"I have really enjoyed the course, the notes and practical were excellent and very well organised. The mix of practical advice and up to date theory was an excellent mix for vets in practice. Over the years I have done quite a bit of post grad study and I will be back to the CVE."
On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
Confidently assess and treat acute trauma cases and critically ill patients, including cases of acute dyspnoea, acute abdomen, diabetic ketoacidosis and intoxication
Better understand the principles of, and be able to perform, emergency procedures such as thoracocentesis, tracheostomy and CPR
Develop the ability to create appropriate fluid therapy plans to manage shock and hypovolaemia and for ongoing maintenance
Reach competency in ‘cage side’ clinical pathology (using blood smears to assess anaemia, analysing fluid from body cavities and analysing urine sediment)
Perform blood transfusions safely and improve optimal wound management
Monitor critically ill animals
Improve your ability to differentiate between cardiac and pulmonary disease
1. General set-up of a critical care area, toxicities and envenomations
- Triage of the emergency patient
- Interpretation of the emergency database blood tests
- General approach to animals with a suspected intoxication
2. Shock, fluid therapy and transfusion therapy
- A practical run through of the pathophysiology of shock
- What fluids to use and when
- A review of the current recommendations for the use of synthetic colloids
- Blood transfusion basics
3. Electrolytes, acid/base
- A discussion of serum electrolytes and their impact on fluid therapy
- An introduction to acid base
- Interpretation and use of acid base in clinical cases
4. CPR and analgesia
- Analgesia options in emergency and critically ill
- Current recommendations in veterinary CPR
5. Cardiovascular and respiratory disease
- How do you tell them apart?
- Emergency treatment of the dyspnoeic patient
- Oxygen supplementation
- An introduction to ventilation
6. Anaemia, erythrocytosis and bleeding disorders
- How to narrow the differential list for anaemia
- What, other than dehydration causes erythrocytosis
- How to differentiate the causes for abnormal bleeding
7. Acute abdominal disease and nutrition
- The approach to an animal with an acute abdomen
- Pharmacology of drugs used to treat abdominal disease
- GDV, pancreatitis
- Abdominal effusions including uroabdomen
8. Metabolic and endocrine emergencies, urinary tract disease
- An overview of the approach to common endocrine emergencies
- How do I manage the DKA patient?
- Managing acute renal failure
- Laboratory diagnosis of renal insufficiency
9. Multi-system trauma and wounds
- Managing wounds to ensure we don’t interfere with healing
- Putting it all together: how to approach the patient with multi-system trauma
10. Intra-cranial and extra-cranial neurological disease, ocular emergencies
- Treating the animal with head trauma
- Managing seizuring animals
- Ophthalmic examination
- Ocular emergencies
This online course comes with:
A set of detailed written notes, images, journal articles and recommended readings
Self-assessed quizzes and case studies to test your knowledge and understanding
A discussion forum for conversation, debate and sharing cases with your peers and tutors
A monthly assignment where you will receive individual feedback and explanations from your tutors
A practical 2 day workshop covering clinical pathology, imaging and a hands-on emergency practical session
Choosing your DE course is a big commitment, so there’s no need to add further stress by paying your course up front. To pay as you learn, you will need a $1,000 deposit to secure your place, followed by 50% of the total course fee 10 days prior to course commencement date. We’ll arrange simple monthly direct debits from your credit card over 3 or 6 months.
Note: Payment Plan will incur an additional $250 administration fee, and Early Bird rates do not apply if you choose the payment plan option.
|Member Type||Super early bird||Early bird||Full rate|
|Non-member / eMember||$6100||$6400||$6600|
Repeat CPD Participant Discount*
If you have:
- Completed 2 or more Distance Education (DE) courses in the previous 5 years, you are eligible for a 10% discount on future DE courses.
*Discounts are not cumulative. For further information about discount options for multiple registrations at the one event, please read the full Terms & Conditions.
To redeem your discount contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 (Monday to Friday, AEST 9am to 5pm) or email@example.com.