Respiratory Emergencies in Small Animal Practice - Vet Education

Respiratory Emergencies in Small Animal Practice

4-Week Interactive and Tutor Guided Course

The patient in respiratory distress is an urgent and critical patient, that requires not only a sound therapeutic approach to save the patients’ 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!

What's in the Course?

Week 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.

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 the management of patients with such diverse conditions as pulmonary contusions, pneumonia, congestive heart failure, near drowning, electrocution and sepsis-induced ARDS!

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!

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
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, October 12, 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 350.

Your Tutor

Dr. Philip Judge

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