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A Vet Nurse Course You Can't Miss!

Fluid Therapy in Small Animal Practice

4-Week Interactive and Tutor Guided Course
20 Hours of Structured & Assessed CE | RACE Approved

Your Tutor
Dr. Philip Judge

Who is it for?
Vet Nurses
Start Date
September 2, 2019

Course Description

Fluid therapy is essential in the management of many small animal diseases, including surgical, medical and emergency conditions. This course will review the essentials you should know about fluid therapy – from fluid dynamics, to creating and monitoring a fluid therapy plan for your patient! That’s not all! We’ll also look at shock, transfusion therapy and fluid therapy in different disease states including gastrointestinal disease, renal failure, heart disease, cesarean and more!

When is it?

Start Date: Monday, September 2, 2019
Duration: 4 Weeks
Live Weekly Tutorials: Mondays at 7:30 PM AEST (Sydney Time)

These live tutorials are recorded if you are unable to participate in real-time. To check the time in your local area, please click here.

What's in the Course?

Our patients are approximately 60-70% water! However, not all of the water is in the one place – we have fluid compartments, such as blood, interstitial fluid, and intracellular fluid compartments. Learn the characteristics of these compartments, how the body maintains control of them, and how we can use them to make our fluid therapy more efficient and rewarding! What’s more, we’ll discuss the different fluids available to manage fluid and electrolyte disturbances in our patients, we’ll review the use of synthetic colloids, and discover why fluid therapy is more than just hanging a bag of lactated Ringer’s above the patient!

Shock is one of the most common conditions we see in emergency patients – and there are many types of shock too – from hypovolaemic shock, to distributive shock, septic shock and cardiogenic shock among others. This week is dedicated to learning about the pathophysiology of the different types of shock, and how to effectively treat them. We’ll even look at what to do when our patient doesn’t respond to our treatment!

This week is all about transfusions! Learn the essentials of transfusion medicine, from blood typing and cross-matching to blood product delivery and monitoring. Know when patients need a transfusion, know how to calculate transfusion blood volumes, how to collect blood from donor dogs and cats safely, and what to do when a transfusion reaction occurs!

The fluid therapy plan encompasses everything from diagnosing and treating shock, to rehydrating the patient and managing their underlying disease. Without a fluid therapy plan, we could end up giving our patient a fluid that is the wrong type, at the wrong rate, or even make our sick patient even more sick. This week we will look at how we can develop a simple and effective fluid plan for every patient we see in hospital, using real cases, such as parvovirus enteritis!

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 ( – 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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