Endocrine Emergencies in Small Animal Practice - Vet Education

Endocrine Emergencies in Small Animal Practice

4-Week Interactive and Tutor Guided Course

Endocrine emergencies encompass a wide range of diseases – including diabetic ketoacidosis, hypothyroid coma, hypoadrenocorticism and catastrophic abdominal haemorrhage from pheochromocytoma, to name a few. This 4-week course will delve into the most common endocrine emergencies seen in small animal practice – reviewing the most recent literature, to present a concise account of these important diseases, and how you, as a clinician, can achieve the best outcome for your patient.

What's in the Course?

Week 1: Emergencies of the Endocrine Pancreas
Diabetic ketoacidosis is one of the most common endocrine emergencies, producing a range of clinical signs and metabolic derangements causing considerable patient morbidity. This week we will detail the pathophysiology of DKA, and will outline a step-by-step approach to patient management, including how to manage (or even avoid!) the common complications of treatment, including hypophosphataemia and haemolytic anaemia. Additionally, we will also look at the management of hypoglycaemia caused by insulinoma.
The adrenal glands are crucial! They secrete cortisol, aldosterone and a host of other transmitters that have a profound impact on the function of the body. This week we will look at the emergency presentations of hypoadrenocorticism and pheochromocytoma – diseases which can produce profound organ dysfunction and patient illness.

Thyroid hormone is essential for normal life. This week we will explore hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism – how to diagnose them, how to treat them, and how to recognise and deal with complications, such as blood pressure alterations and cardiac manifestations of these important diseases.

This week is all about drinking problems – often associated with excess levels of, or insufficient levels of important hormones such as anti-diuretic hormone, and aldosterone, or defective kidneys or central nervous system hormone production. We will de-code the patient with excessive thirst, and delve into the important disorders of calcium and sodium balance that can result from these conditions.

Fracture Management, Urinary Tract Trauma, and more.

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
Reference Library


When Is It?

Start Date: Monday, November 9, 2020

Duration: 4 Weeks

Live Weekly Tutorials: Mondays at 19:30 AEDT (Sydney Time)

These live tutorials are recorded if you are unable to participate in real-time.
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Course Fee

The cost for this 4-week vet course is only AUD 550.

Your Tutor

Dr. Philip Judge

Dr. Philip Judge
BVSc MVS PG Cert Vet Stud MACVSc (VECC; Medicine of Dogs)
Director: Vet Education Pty Ltd