Acute Kidney Injury
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is common and can be caused by a number of insults including toxins, infections and ischaemia that cause damage over hours to days. The degree of damage inflicted can range from severe loss of renal function (some may no longer be able to produce urine) to mild impairment. In any patient that is detected with azotaemia the first question the clinician should consider is if the injury is acute or chronic – the differentiation is vital to the management and prognosis since AKI is potentially reversible. We will specifically address the differentiation of acute and chronic renal failure, the causes of acute kidney injury, its diagnosis and management.
Speaker - Dr Darren Merrett BVSc, MVS, CertSAC, FANZCVS
Dr Darren Merrett graduated from The University of Melbourne in 1984 and completed internship/residency programs at the University of Melbourne (where he obtained a Master of Veterinary Studies) and then Bristol University. Whilst at Bristol University Darren obtained his certificate in Small Animal Cardiology from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. He obtained Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Canine Medicine) in 1994 and founded a private referral practice at that time. Over the following years the medical referral practice has grown and now utilises the skills of four specialists, and one resident.