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  • Dr. Philip Judge
  • Qualifications: BVSc MVS PG Cert Vet Stud MACVSc (VECC; Medicine of Dogs)
  • Director: Vet Education Pty Ltd
  • Consultant in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
  • Internationally renowned lecturer and published author
  • Dedicated to providing you with innovative and exciting online learning!

Anaesthesia and Analgesia in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care

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Emergency and critically unwell patients are some of the most challenging patients to manage with both analgesics and anaesthetics. Many physiological alterations dramatically increase anaesthetic risk, and alter patient responsiveness to medications – from electrolyte abnormalities, to alterations in hepatic function; from respiratory disease to central nervous system depression. Providing safe and effective analgesia or anaesthesia to your critically unwell patients involves consideration of drug pharmacology, as well as patient physiology! This four (4) week course will provide a sound platform for assisting you in choice of agents, and provision of anaesthesia and analgesia to both emergency patients, and those with critical illness.


Course Schedule

  • Week 1 - Pharmacology of the Critical Patient !

    This week we will look at critical aspects of drug pharmacology in patients with emergency or critical illness. Far from an abstract look at how drugs are metabolized, we’ll look at how patients’ physiology in real illnesses causes your patients to respond to drug administration differently – and how to avoid potential problems in drug administration. We will also take a look at the common anaesthetic and analgesic drugs, and how they work, so we can begin to piece together our analgesic and anaesthetic plan!
  • Week 2 - Analgesia

    This week is all about analgesia provision in the critical patient, including a guide on what drugs to use, what drugs to avoid. We’ll cover the concept of multi-modal analgesia, local anaesthesia for the critical and emergency patient, as well as constant rate infusions – and how to make them simple, and how to manipulate your drug selection to minimise side effects, and optimise analgesia. This is all prefaced by a look at how pain is generated and perceived in patients, and how to use pain management scales to identify when your critically ill patients are painful – and what happens if you ignore pain signals in your patients!
  • Week 3 - Anaesthesia

    Anaesthesia in critically unwell patients can be challenging. Add to this that there is sometimes confusion about what constitutes a “safe” anaesthetic drug or protocol, and the challenge can become a significant one – with your patient’s life in your hands. This week we’ll decode the mysteries of the most commonly used anaesthetic drugs, how they work, give you essential information on what they actually do to your patients – and how to optimise their use. We’ll also develop a shortlist of anaesthetic protocols for patients with diseases ranging from caesarean, cardiac disease, chronic renal failure, heart disease, acute respiratory distress and much more!
  • Week 4 - Nightmare Anaesthetics!

    You plan your anaesthetic carefully, prepare the patient as well as possible – but thing’s just don’t go right… the patient wakes up, or goes too deep, blood pressure falls, monitors won’t work, the patient won’t breathe – or breathes too much! All of this while you are trying to do surgery, or something else with the patient! This week, we will dissect these nightmares, find out the causes, and offer useful suggestions on dealing with them!

Course Features

  • Printed and Bound Course Book
  • Graded Course Assessment
  • Discussion Forums
  • Live and Online Weekly Tutorials.
  • Comprehensive Learning Resources
  • Extra Course Resources
  • Protocols For Your Practice
  • Structured and RACE Approved CE
* Applies to our 4-6 week courses only

Course Fees

The cost for this 4-week course is only AUD 550. This fee includes postage of your course book; full access to our website for the duration of the course, including message-board access, and all online tutorials, quiz assessments, marking and advice, and a certificate on successful course completion.

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