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Feline Emergencies in Small Animal Practice

Get the latest updates in managing feline emergencies with this 4-week interactive and tutor guided course for Veterinarians.

What you'll learn

Cats are unique! They have unique metabolism, unique behaviour, and unique physiology. Understanding the specifics of the feline patient is crucial to successful management of the cat in an emergency.

Over 4 exciting weeks, we’ll look at the emergency cat. From diagnosing and treating shock, to managing the fragile cat in respiratory distress, feline-specific toxicities to urinary tract emergencies, as well as to – from pharmacology and toxicity, to infectious diseases, metabolic diseases, cardiac diseases and more.

Week 1: Cardiac and Respiratory Emergencies

Respiratory and cardiac diseases in the cat both represent serious, potentially life-threatening emergencies. This week we will discuss the approach to emergency patient management, including diagnostics and emergency therapy of the cat with respiratory distress due to airway, pleural space and pulmonary parenchymal disease, as well as those who present with acute heart failure and aortic thromboembolism.

Week 2: Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Emergencies

This week, we will cover acute emergencies of the gastrointestinal tract and liver, including pancreatitis, hepatic lipidosis, and hepatic and biliary tract inflammation, along with acute gastrointestinal disease. We’ll also cover the important topic of providing nutritional support to the critically ill cat, including feeding tube placement and maintenance, and how to select the correct diet for the critically ill cat.

Week 3: Urinary Emergencies

This week, we will cover emergencies of the urinary tract, including emergency management of lower urinary tract obstruction, bladder trauma, and the diagnosis and management of acute kidney disease. We will also cover the management of specific conditions and diseases known to cause acute kidney failure, such as ethylene glycol toxicity, grape and raising toxicity among others!

Week 4: Emergency Management of Trauma and Sepsis in the Cat

This week, we will discuss the emergency management of the cat with significant trauma or sepsis – from the diagnosis and management of different types of shock in the cat, to imaging, analgesia, diagnostics and treatment of the cat with sepsis.

Special Topics

A special bonus in the Feline Emergencies course will be the inclusion of a special review of management of diabetic ketoacidosis in the cat, as well as management of acute neurological diseases.

Course Tutor


BVSc MVS PG Cert Vet Stud MACVSc (Vet. Emergency and Critical Care; Medicine of Dogs)

Course Features:

Course Fee:

AUD 550

Live Weekly Tutorials

The 4-week course starts on November 15, 2021 with live tutorials by Dr Philip Judge on Mondays at 19:30 AEST.

Join us from anywhere

You can join us from almost anywhere you have an internet connection! Click Here to check the course tutorial times where you are!

20 CE Credits

This course is ideal for Veterinarians and is RACE-approved for 20 CE credits!

Course Reviews

"I have enjoyed and learned much from the three courses I have completed through Vet Education. Thank you for all your hard work, including the presentation of the course information in a logical, practical way and ensuring the content of the course is based on the most recent literature and knowledge!"
"Thank you so much for offering such a great course! You make learning so interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it!"
"I just want to say that your course is absolutely amazing. The tutorials are so interesting to listen to and I thoroughly enjoyed all of the lectures and course materials. Thank you!"
"I also wanted to take this time to let you know this is the third course I have done through Vet Education and I once again thought it was fantastic. Phil has so much valuable knowledge and is great at explaining things and concepts in such a simple manner. It's absolutely great."
New Zealand

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Dr Philip Judge

BVSc MVS PG Cert Vet Stud MACVSc (Vet Emergency and Critical Care; Medicine of Dogs)
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 ( – 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.