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Emergency Medicine: Theory & Practice

Emergency Medicine: Theory & Practice

Few things get the adrenaline pumping like being faced with an emergency case. The decisions you make over those first critical minutes and hours can be the difference between a great outcome – or a terrible day.

This practically-oriented course will allow you to brush up on your emergency management techniques and gain a deeper understanding of how treatment choices impact outcomes.

Prioritising injuries in animals with multiple trauma, formulating fluid therapy plans, effectively performing CPR, placing a chest drain: all of these are skills that you need if you’re dealing with small animal emergencies.

The packed program also includes a practical guide to transfusions in cats and dogs, treatment options for haemabdomen and managing respiratory distress. Analgesia and anaesthesia in the critical patient, identification and treatment of shock and toxicity management will all be discussed.

If you deal with emergency cases, this course is a must. The tips you learn might just be key to saving a life.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Assess an animal with multiple trauma, eg the cat or dog hit by car: what are the priorities in these cases, and what comes next
  • Develop appropriate fluid therapy plans for patients in the different types of shock for hypovolaemic patients, and for ongoing maintenance
  • Confidently run and interpret admission blood tests including blood gases
  • Master surgical procedures such as the practical ability to place a central line, chest drain O-tube, a urinary catheter and perform an epidural.


Day 1     
8.30 Registration  
9.00 Triage, Emergency database
The initial assessment of a trauma patient with interpretation of the emergency data base including blood gases
10.00 Shock
What shock is and how to recognise it in your patients. 
10.40 Morning Tea  
11:00 Fluid therapy
How to formulate a fluid plan: fluid type, rate, treatment goals. Some of the adverse effects of fluid therapy including a discussion of how and why oedema forms. How fluid therapy can be used to treat shock, and what to do when fluids alone aren’t enough. A brief overview of vasopressors and their actions.
 12.30 Lunch  
 1.30 Emergency database interpretation
Practical case-based blood result problems
 2.00 Analgesia and anaesthesia in the critical patient
Drugs to choose, monitoring to perform
 3.00 Afternoon Tea  
 3.20 CPR and the crash box
Based on the RECOVER guidelines
 4.00 Toxicity treatment
The general management of toxicities including seizure control
 5.00  END  
Day 2     
8.30 Registration  

Practical Session Wet lab (4 hours)

  • Central line placement and blood sampling from a central line
  • Oesophagostomy tube
  • Thoracic drain: non-surgical placement - trocar and Seldinger
  • Tracheostomy tube
  • Urinary catheterisation
  • Epidural
1:00 Lunch  
1.45 Transfusions
A practical guide to transfusions in cats and dogs: indications, collecting blood for immediate use, administering blood products
3.00 Afternoon Tea  
 3.20 Haemabdomen
A review of traumatic and non-traumatic haemabdomen, and treatment options. (NB emergency surgery techniques are not discussed in detail)
 4.00 Respiratory distress
How to assess and treat animals that present with respiratory distress. When is oxygen helpful? When is ventilation indicated? What are the options? 
 5.00  END  

What is a Theory & Practice?

Highly practical – develop the confidence to implement your new skills immediately

Practical workshops are an ideal way to build confidence and competence in your skills.

With the ideally balanced combination of theoretical and hands-on education, our workshops allow participants to obtain the most benefit possible through the practical application of the skills being taught. Small group teaching with a high tutor to participant ratio will ensure that you benefit from individual attention from the highly regarded and experienced tutor/s. Nothing beats on-the-spot feedback as you learn a new procedure.

Who should enrol?

This course is designed for qualified veterinarians. Veterinary students are welcome to enrol.

Venue details

Download the venue details here.

   2-days (Seminar + Workshop)  Seminar Only
Registrant Type Early Bird Full Rate  Early Bird Full Rate 
Member* $1938 $2040 $504 $593
Recent Grad / Part-Time Professional Member $1727 $1818 $315 $371
Student Member $1551 $1633 $157 $185
eMember / Non-Member  -  $2349  -  $741

*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members.

Saturday, 17 October 2020 to
Sunday, 18 October 2020
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
16 CPD Point/s
Early Bird
21 Aug 2020

Veterinary Science Conference Centre
Regimental Drive
University of Sydney NSW

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Dr Trudi McAlees
Trudi McAlees
Dr Yenny Indrawirawan
Yenny Indrawirawan
Dr Trudi McAlees
Trudi McAlees
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 introd...
Dr Yenny Indrawirawan
Yenny Indrawirawan
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 Unive...


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