Management of Severe Systemic Illness in Small Animal Practice - Vet Education
Severe Systemic Illness in Small Animal

For Veterinarians

20 Hours of Structured & Assessed CE | RACE Approved

4-Week Interactive and Tutor Guided Course

When Is It?

Start Date: Monday, April 29, 2019

Duration: 4 Weeks

Live Weekly Tutorials: Mondays at 7:30 PM AEST (Sydney Time)

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Please Note: These live tutorials are recorded if you are unable to participate in real-time.

Severe illness in dogs and cats can result from many disease conditions, including trauma, inflammatory diseases such as pancreatitis, severe infection, immune-mediated disease to name just a few. This 4-week course will focus on the end-result of these severe illnesses – the development of systemic inflammation, and the organ dysfunction and failure that frequently transpires. Along the way, we will uncover specific management strategies used to reduce the severity of systemic inflammation, as well as develop specific plans to manage the complications of severe illness when they occur. You will also receive practice protocols, useful algorithms for disease management, and great summaries of the enormous amount of literature published on this topic as well!

What's in the Course?

Topic 1: Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome
This topic will review what we know about the development of severe systemic illness in dogs and cats, and how this creates the syndrome of the systemic inflammatory response. Additionally, we’ll discuss the role of cytokines in inflammation, outline the use of biomarkers for the diagnosis of systemic inflammation, and discuss prognostic indicators for survival. What’s more, we’ll embark on how to treat the many and varied signs of systemic inflammation in the body – from tachycardia and hypotension, to preventing the development of acute kidney failure.
Topic 2: Coagulopathies in Severe Systemic Disease
This topic will discuss the development and management of disseminated intravascular coagulopathy (DIC) in dogs and cats. We’ll cover how to recognize early DIC, along with early management strategies, and will finish with a detailed description of how to treat and monitor the patient with DIC, and its complications.
Topic 3: Syndromes in Multiple Organ Failure

One of the common sequela to severe inflammatory or infectious disease, is the development of organ dysfunction and failure. From acute kidney failure, to cardiac arrhythmias and severe blood pressure anomalies; neurological dysfunction to gastrointestinal failure, we’ll discuss management strategies to support organ function during the most critical phase of patient illness. We’ll also cover the diagnosis and management of acute respiratory distress syndrome as well!

Topic 4: Critical Care of the Critical Patient

Critical care of the critical patient involves having a specific approach to the patient – including supporting the gastrointestinal tract, nutritional needs, providing physical support and more. Additionally, prudent and specific choices must be made regarding medications too. This topic will cover all of these things, along with providing a daily check-list for your patients, to ensure nothing is missed!

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 
Dr. Philip Judge

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.

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Course Fee: 550 AUD (Australia).

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.