Emergency Medicine in Small Animal Practice

5-Week RACE-Approved Interactive and Tutor Guided Course

Your Tutor
Dr. Philip Judge

Who is it for?
Vet Nurses & Techs

Start Date
February 24, 2020

Course Description

Emergency cases can be stressful. The patient is frequently seriously compromised, often in more than one body system, and we need to act quickly to try to improve survival. Successful management of emergency patients is about being prepared, and knowing what to to, and when to do it.

This course will do just that – it will give you the tools to prepare you and your clinic to offer your emergency patients the very best care possible.

We’ll cover CPR, fluid therapy, oxygen supplementation and the key aspects of monitoring the emergency patient, that is so crucial to their survival. This 5-week online course is fully updated for 2020 to include the very latest in veterinary knowledge on stabilising and managing the emergency patient.

When is it?

Start Date: Monday, February 24, 2020
Duration: 5 Weeks
Live Weekly Tutorials: Mondays at 19:30 AEDT (Sydney Time)

All live tutorials are recorded. If you are unable to attend the live tutorial, a link to the recording will be shared with you a few days following the tutorial.

What's in the Course?

The first week of the emergency medicine course will cover initial telephone contact with the client – including the dos and don’ts of telephone advice, and how to get the most from your conversation in the shortest time! We will also cover giving advice of first aid at the scene of an emergency, and how to best prepare your clinic for the arrival of an emergency patient!

Additionally, we will cover the principles and practice of triage, along with how to conduct the patients’ first clinical examination on arrival at the vet clinic (the Primary Survey). We will also cover the essentials of history taking from the owner, and those essential patient samples required to assist you and the veterinarian manage the case effectively!

This topic will cover management of the patient with breathing difficulty. Learn a methodical and proven method to evaluate and treat patients with breathing difficulties – from airway obstruction, diaphragmatic hernia, and pneumonia to pneumothorax, and a lot in-between – the nurses role is critical! You will also learn how to correctly administer oxygen therapy, provide short-term ventilation therapy, and how to monitor the effectiveness of a patients breathing. We’ll even chat about blood gas and criteria for ventilating a patient too!

Shock is both a common, and serious complication in many emergency patients. If we don’t diagnose and treat shock appropriately, our patients can suffer organ dysfunction, failure, or even death. Shock can be caused by many things – trauma, electrocution, heart disease, blood loss, infection and anaphylaxis to name a few. So – what does a patient with shock look like? Is the treatment for all types of shock the same? What happens to the patient that doesn’t respond to treatment for shock? When is the right time to give a transfusion? All of these questions and more will be answered in this topic!

Many emergency patients can initially improve following initial treatment – but can then appear to deteriorate. What is going on? There can be many reasons for this – and this topic will examine how you can monitor your patients to best detect deterioration, why your patients may deteriorate or sometimes ‘crash’ and die – and what YOU can do to help prevent this from happening!

During this topic, we will learn the best way to monitor and manage trauma patients following resuscitation of the respiratory, circulatory and neurological systems. We will discuss monitoring techniques, and an introduction to nursing the critically injured patient! 

Additionally, we will also look at specific emergencies, such as GDV, head trauma, transfusions and more – including a review of CPR!

Your Tutor

Dr. Philip Judge​

BVSc MVS PG Cert Vet Stud MACVSc (Vet. Emergency and Critical Care; Medicine of Dogs) Director: Vet Education Pty Ltd

Philip graduated from Massey University in New Zealand in 1992, and spent 7 years in small animal practice before undertaking a residency in veterinary emergency and critical care at the University of Melbourne in 1998. Following his residency, Philip worked for nearly 6 years at the Animal Emergency Centre in Melbourne, becoming the Senior Veterinarian at the centre in 2004. In 2006, Philip undertook a 1-year surgical externship before moving to Townsville to take up the position of Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care at JCU. Philip is also co-founder, and director of Vet Education Pty Ltd (www.veteducation.com.au) – one of Australia’s leading providers of online continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary nurses. Philip has published numerous manuals and guides concerning emergency medicine, and is a published author in snake envenomation in peer reviewed literature. Philip is also a founding scientific advisory committee member of SnakeMap, a project designed to improve our understanding of snake envenomation in dogs and cats in Australia Philips key interests in veterinary science include respiratory emergencies, ventilation therapy, emergency management of the trauma patient, emergency surgery and envenomations and toxicology.


Thank you so much for the help and for the amazing course! I will definitely be completing further courses through Vet Education as I am finding both the webinars and the reading materials extremely informative.



Thank you so much for this amazing course. I’ve found the webinars extremely helpful and I feel much more confident with my fluid therapy in our patients.

Hannah W

New Zealand

I think this is the best cpd course I’ve ever been on – certainly the most useful!

Alannah B


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Course Features

PRICE AUD 350.00