Respiratory Emergency in Small Animal Practice

Respiratory Emergencies in Small Animal Practice

For Veterinarians

20 Hours of Structured and Assessed CPD | RACE Approved

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Register before October 21, 2018 to avail this offer!

Course Start Date: Monday, October 22, 2018

Course Duration: 4 Weeks
Live Weekly Tutorials: Mondays at 7:30 PM AEDT (Sydney Time)

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The patient in respiratory distress is an urgent and critical patient, that requires not only a sound therapeutic approach to save the patient’s life, but a sound and appropriate diagnostic approach to determine, and subsequently manage the underlying cause. Over the 4-weeks of this course, we will review the diagnostic and therapeutic approach to the patient in respiratory distress – from pharyngeal obstruction to diaphragmatic hernia; laryngeal paralysis to flail chest and lots in-between!

Course Schedule

Topic 1: The Approach to the Patient in Severe Respiratory Distress

This topic is all about saving the severely distressed respiratory patient – from the time of initial presentation, to the time the patient is stabilised. Topics will cover everything from oxygen therapy, thoracocentesis and ventilation therapy, to appropriate use of pharmacology to manage the severely distressed dyspnoeic patient. Full of video content from real cases, useful algorithms, and helpful information, we’ll try to take the stress out of dealing with these potentially fatally unwell patients in the emergency situation.

Topic 2: The Acute Lung and Airway Diseases!

This topic is all about lung and airway diseases, from brachycephalics to laryngeal paralysis; allergic bronchial diseases to pneumonia and lots in-between. We will discuss patient stabilisation, acute therapy, and the transition from acute care to chronic management. We will also look at appropriate management of patients with such diverse conditions as pulmonary contusions, pneumonia, congestive heart failure, near drowning, electrocution and sepsis-induced ARDS!

Topic 3: The Pleural Space Emergencies

The pleural space is one of those “potential spaces” in the body – sandwiched between the visceral and parietal pleural surfaces. However, when air or fluid enters (or intestinal viscera for that matter!), the pleural space becomes a real space, leading to collapse of the lungs, increasing respiratory rate and effort, and rapid patient decompensation. This topic will look at how to manage patients with pleural space disease – from those with pneumothorax to diaphragmatic hernia, and, as a special treat, we’ll even discuss fixation techniques for flail chest!

Topic 4: Respiratory Critical Care and Ventilation Therapy!

This final topic in the course will cover the essentials of respiratory critical care, and monitoring of the patient with serious lung disease, including oxygen therapy, and respiratory pharmacology; acute ventilation therapy and monitoring. Included in this week will be a detailed description of ventilation therapy – including indications, how to ventilate your patients effectively and safely, minimising barotrauma, oxygen toxicity and nosocomial infections, and the delicate process of weaning from ventilation assistance!

Course Features

Printed and Bound Course Book
Comprehensive Learning Resources
Graded Course Assessment
Discussion Forums
Live and Online Weekly Tutorials
Extra Course Resources
Protocols For Your Practice
Structured and RACE Approved CE

Your Tutor

Dr Philip Judge

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

  • Consultant in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
  • Internationally renowned lecturer and published author
  • Dedicated to providing you with innovative and exciting online learning!

Course Fee

The cost for this 4-week vet course is only AUD 550. This fee includes a printed and fully bound course book, full access to our website for the duration of the course, including message-board access, and all online tutorials, quiz assessments, marking and advice, and a certificate on successful course completion.

Course Fee: 550 AUD (Australia)

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Get in touch!

For any queries regarding this course, please do not hesitate to email us at Or call us on +61 7 4755 0090.