Emergency Medicine - Distance Education
Develop your capacity to treat small animal emergency and critical care cases confidently and maximise your patient outcomes.
This course aims to develop your practical skills and techniques for the treatment and monitoring of critically ill animals. Triage, fluid therapy, analgesia, acute abdomen, respiratory distress and multisystem trauma are all covered with an emphasis on case-based problem solving.
Up to date theoretical information is put into practice in a cadaver-based workshop making this an essential course for veterinarians in all small animal practice situations.
The tutors were fantastic. The information was extremely relevant to general practice. I feel confident attending to emergency patients.
Nicole Johnston, QLD
By successfully completing this course, you will:
- Confidently assess and treat acute trauma cases and critically ill patients, including cases of acute dyspnoea, acute abdomen, diabetic ketoacidosis and intoxication
- Better understand the principles of, and be able to perform, emergency procedures such as thoracocentesis, tracheostomy and CPR
- Develop the ability to create appropriate fluid therapy plans to manage shock and hypovolaemia and for ongoing maintenance
- Reach competency in ‘cage side’ clinical pathology (using blood smears to assess anaemia, analysing fluid from body cavities and analysing urine sediment)
- Perform blood transfusions safely and improve optimal wound management
- Monitor critically ill animals
- Improve your ability to differentiate between cardiac and pulmonary disease.
This distance education course includes an optional 3-day practical workshop held in Sydney. Dates to be confirmed.
- General set-up of a critical care area, toxicities and envenomations
• Triage of the emergency patient
• Interpretation of the emergency database blood tests
• General approach to animals with a suspected intoxication
- Shock, fluid therapy and transfusion therapy
• A practical run through of the pathophysiology of shock
• What fluids to use and when
• A review of the current recommendations for the use of synthetic colloids
• Blood transfusion basics
- Electrolytes, acid/base
A discussion of serum electrolytes and their impact on fluid therapy
• An introduction to acid base
• Interpretation and use of acid base in clinical cases
- CPR and analgesia
• Analgesia options in emergency and critically ill
• Current recommendations in veterinary CPR
- Cardiovascular and respiratory disease
• How do you tell them apart?
• Emergency treatment of the dyspnoeic patient
• Oxygen supplementation
• An introduction to ventilation
- Anaemia, erythrocytosis and bleeding disorders
• How to narrow the differential list for anaemia
• What, other than dehydration causes erythrocytosis
• How to differentiate the causes for abnormal bleeding
- Acute abdominal disease and nutrition
• The approach to an animal with an acute abdomen
• Pharmacology of drugs used to treat abdominal disease
• GDV, pancreatitis
• Abdominal effusions including uroabdomen
- Metabolic and endocrine emergencies, urinary tract disease
• An overview of the approach to common endocrine emergencies
• How do I manage the DKA patient?
• Managing acute renal failure
• Laboratory diagnosis of renal insufficiency
- Multi-system trauma and wounds
• Managing wounds to ensure we don’t interfere with healing
• Putting it all together: how to approach the patient with multi-system trauma
- Intra-cranial and extra-cranial neurological disease, ocular emergencies
• Treating the animal with head trauma
• Managing seizuring animals
• Ophthalmic examination
• Ocular emergencies
What is Distance Education?
Premium, intensive online veterinary CPD
All CVE Distance Education (DE) programs are mentored by leading veterinary experts who will provide individual feedback and advice on completion of each monthly module. Each module may include written content, technique videos, self-reflections, quizzes and online submission of monthly assignments.
Maximise the opportunity to expand and consolidate your learning by participating in the tutor moderated group discussion forum and attending the optional 3-day practical workshop to apply the knowledge you have gained.
Who should enrol?
This course is suitable for qualified veterinarians.
Pay as you learn
Choosing your DE course is a big commitment, so there’s no need to add further stress by paying your course upfront. To pay as you learn, you will need a AU$1,000 deposit to secure your place, followed by 50% of the total course fee 10 days prior to course commencement date. We’ll arrange simple monthly direct debits from your credit card over 3 or 6 months.
Note: Payment Plan will incur an additional AU$250 administration fee, and Early Bird rates do not apply if you choose the payment plan option.
BSc BVSc MACVSc FANZCVS
Dr Trudi McAlees is a Massey Graduate who started her career in NZ in a mainly dairy practice in a small town in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand. There she was introduced to the rewards and frustrations of emergency practice. Trudi then spent a few years doing long-term locums in the UK and travelling before moving to Melbourne in 2000 to pursue a residency in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. Trudi worked at the University of Melbourne teaching hospital for 10 years. She then returned to private practice, initially in Melbourne and now back home in New Zealand. Trudi is committed to post-graduate education. She is passionate about improving the ability of practitioners to deal with emergencies, and as a side benefit, hopes to decrease the angst that can accompany these cases when they present. Trudi has a particular interest in analgesia, ventilation and multi-trauma cases. Trudi presents the CVE’s Feline Emergency TimeOnline course & is co-tutor of the Emergency Medicine Distance Education along with Sandra Forsyth. Trudi has Memberships of the ANZCVS in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, and in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. She was the first person to achieve Fellowship in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care in 2008.
BVSc Dipl. ACVA
Sandra Forsyth has had a mixed career having been in practice, undertaken a residency in anaesthesia and critical care, gained her boards in Anaesthesia and taught anaesthesia and critical care at Massey University for 12 years. Late nights, emergency call-outs and backache from moving sleeping horses, prompted a change in direction and as analysing blood results had been an inspiring part of both anaesthesia and critical care, Sandra’s new direction was determined when an opening arose in the clinical pathology department at the university. This was followed by a dual position in a diagnostic lab and teaching at the university, moving to full time diagnostic pathology in 2016. She loves her work, especially the interaction with veterinarians and working through the exciting and unusual cases that they provide. Sandra is a co-tutor with Trudi McAlees in the CVE DE course on Emergency Medicine as well as running her own DE course in Clinical Pathology.
BAnimSc BVSc FANZCVS (ECC)
Dr Yenny Indrawirawan is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. She graduated in 2004 from the University of Melbourne. She has been working in various small animal emergency and critical care hospitals in Australia since graduation. She undertook emergency and critical care residency at Animal Accident and Emergency in Melbourne, and spent her externship at various institutions in the USA. She is now working at the Veterinary Referral Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Yenny has been mentoring general practitioners that are sitting their Membership of the ANZCVS in Emergency and Critical Care. She is actively involved in the Membership and Fellowship examination process with the ANZCVS. She is currently supervising a ANZCVS residency program in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.