Trauma in the Small Animal Patient - Vet Education

For Veterinarians

4-Week Interactive and Tutor Guided Course

Trauma in dogs and cats can cause a range of potentially serious conditions, from obvious injuries, such as fractures, open wounds, and external haemorrhage, to serious head trauma, internal haemorrhage, and life-threatening injuries of the chest cavity. This 4-week course will approach the trauma patient from the standpoint of emergency management. From respiratory tract trauma to management of open fractures, and a lot in-between, we’ll present the very latest in management strategies, to give your trauma patient the best chance of survival.

What's in the Course?

Topic 1: Respiratory Tract Trauma
Injuries to the thorax and thoracic structures are very common in traumatised dogs and cats. Because of the vital importance that normal thoracic cage, pulmonary and cardiovascular systems play in the well-being of the patient, it is not surprising that thoracic trauma is a significant cause of both morbidity and mortality in the traumatised patient. This week, we’ll focus on the most common traumatic conditions of the respiratory tract – pulmonary contusions, pneumothorax, diaphragmatic hernia, and thoracic wall trauma – from pathophysiology to treatment!
Head trauma and traumatic brain injury are relatively common consequences of many types of injury in dogs and cats, including road traffic trauma, dog attacks and other accidental injury. Head trauma can be potentially devastating to an animal if it is not managed appropriately. However, with timely and appropriate management, many animals that present with severe brain injury can make good neurological recovery, and regain good quality of life. We will review the normal physiology of the brain, the response of the brain to injury, and the latest recommendations on management of brain trauma, to give your patients the best chance of positive outcome.

Traumatic wounds come in all shapes and sizes. From bite wounds, to degloving injuries and open fractures, we will review not only the physiology of wound healing, but also the latest recommendations in wound management – from acute care, the managing the wound through the various stages of wound healing.

Catastrophic haemorrhage is an occasional consequence of trauma – and this topic will review not only what happens in acute haemorrhage, but how to manage haemorrhage as well. In particular, we’ll focus on management strategies for controlling and minimizing the impact of uncontrolled haemorrhage into the thoracic cavity, abdominal cavity, and fracture sites. Finally, we’ll conclude the course with an overview of the pharmacology of the trauma patient – including analgesic techniques, and rational antibiotic choices among others.

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 11, 2019

Duration: 4 Weeks

Live Weekly Tutorials: Mondays at 7:30 PM 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