Trauma Patient Management | Centre for Veterinary Education

Trauma Patient Management

Have you ever had a trauma patient arrive, and all you can think of is ‘where do I start?’.

This course is designed for emergency veterinarians as well as general practitioners on how to deal with traumatic emergencies.

There are many layers of managing trauma patients, from the initial triage and stabilisation; advanced surgery; monitoring critical patients; and dealing with associated complications. This will be an intensive course where you will develop a broad range of skills and knowledge which you can also apply to many of your other patients as well. We will promise it will be challenging but rewarding!

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Stabilise critical trauma patients and tackle complex cases with multiple injuries

  • Perform safe anaesthesia in the trauma patient, and deal with trauma associated complications

  • Manage complex injuries including orthopaedic, spinal and major soft tissue wounds

  • Perform emergency surgery on trauma patients including penetrating thoracic and abdominal injuries and urinary tract injuries.


 1. Triaging the trauma patient

  • Being prepared as a trauma center

  • Triaging the trauma patient

  • Respiratory emergencies

  • ​Cardiovascular emergencies

  • Neurological emergencies

 2. Trauma complications – before we go to surgery

  • Fluids and transfusions in the trauma patient

  • Coagulopathy of trauma

  • Monitoring the trauma patient

  • Anaesthesia/analgesia

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation

3. Wounds and orthopaedic injuries

  • Orthopaedic injury management

  • Spinal trauma management

  • Wound management

  • Burn wounds

4. Trauma surgery

  • Penetrating wounds

  • Neck injuries

  • Thoracic injuries

  • Abdominal injuries

  • Urinary injuries

Course Delivery

This course includes:

  • Written notes, photographs, videos and case studies

  • 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 19 March - Sunday 15 April 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. Discounts can’t be processed online so please contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 or to register.


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Further details

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