Hepatobiliary Emergencies in Small Animal Practice - Vet Education

Hepatobiliary Emergencies in Small Animal Practice

4-Week Interactive and Tutor Guided Course

The liver is a complex organ. It produces everything from bile acids and protein to glycogen and coagulation factors. Understandable then, when acute liver disease strikes a patient, the results can be serious for the patient, with syndromes such as systemic infection, sepsis and even death resulting. This course will provide detailed information you need to know about emergency diseases of the liver to enhance patient survival. What's more, we'll look at emergency diseases of the biliary system as well, and how to manage conditions such as cholangitis, biliary tract obstruction and biliary tract rupture!

What's in the Course?

Week 1 - The Liver: Structure and Function
The liver is a complex organ, with complex function. This section will review the structure and function of the normal liver, and outlines the pathophysiology of hepatocellular dysfunction as it applies to dogs and cats. Additionally, the clinical pathology and diagnostic imaging of the patient with liver disease is discussed.
Acute liver failure – also known as acute hepatic necrosis, is characterised by massive hepatocellular damage, destruction of hepatic parenchyma, and the associated reduction in liver function. This is frequently coupled with systemic inflammatory response syndrome, sepsis and vasogenic and toxic encephalopathy. This section discusses this important condition in detail.

This section focuses on inflammatory diseases of the liver, bile ducts and extra-hepatic biliary tree. Additionally, a discussion of hepatic neoplasia and bile duct obstruction is covered, including diagnostic imaging and treatment.

Porto-systemic shunts and hepatic encephalopathy frequently present to the emergency clinician with life-threatening abnormalities of liver function and neurological function. This section presents essential pathophysiology of both of these conditions, diagnostic evaluation and treatments. Additionally, the important condition of feline hepatic lipidosis is discussed.

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, April 20, 2020

Duration: 4 Weeks

Live Weekly Tutorials: Mondays at 19:30 AEST (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