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
I have really enjoyed the course, the notes and practical were excellent and very well organised. The mix of practical advice and up to date theory was an excellent mix for vets in practice. Over the years I have done quite a bit of post grad study and I will be back to the CVE.
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
- 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
• Envenomation: snakes, ticks, toads
- 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
- Reproductive Emergencies; ocular emergencies
• Testicular torsion
• Prostatic disease
• Ophthalmic examination
- 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
- Intra-cranial and extra-cranial neurological disease
• Treating the animal with head trauma
• Managing seizuring animals
• Neuromuscular disease
• Practical neuro exam
- Multi-system trauma and wounds
• Managing wounds to ensure we don’t interfere with healing
• Wound dressings and their use
• Putting it all together: how to approach the patient with multi-system trauma
By successfully completing this course, you will:
- Comprehensive notes; journal articles and recommended readings
- Monthly webinars
- Self-assessed quizzes and case studies to test your knowledge and understanding
- A discussion forum for conversation, debate and sharing cases with your peers and tutors
- A monthly assignment where you will receive individual feedback and explanations from your tutors
- A practical 2 day workshop
- Keeping DE notes in digital format saves almost 300 000 sheets of paper, 1 500 000L of water and 30 trees.
A 2-day workshop with an emphasis on working through case studies and group discussion
2-Day Workshop: Sydney. Dates to be confirmed.
The CVE expects to be running face-to-face workshops in 2023. In the event that a COVID emergency leads to the cancellation of a workshop, the CVE will work with its tutors to provide a virtual workshop alternative.
What is Distance Education?
Premium, intensive online veterinary CE
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 2-day interactive workshop, with an emphasis on working through case studies and group discussion.
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 up front. 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.
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*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time Professional, Recent Graduate, and Academic members.
Loyalty DE Discount: Completed 2 or more (or all 3 Diagnostic Imaging, Dermatology and Anaesthesia & Analgesia) Distance Education (DE) courses in the previous 5 years, you are eligible for a 10% discount on future DE courses. Discounts are not cumulative. For further information about discount please read the full Terms. To redeem your discount contact the CVE via email [email protected] or phone +61 2 9351 7979 (Monday to Friday, AEST 9am to 5pm).