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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.

Veterinary nurses with a special interest in the topic are welcome to enrol in this course. Please be aware that the course is designed for qualified veterinarians and you should consider this in light of your knowledge and experience before you register.”

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of 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.


Saturday 17 - Sunday 18 October 2020
9.00 - 5.00
Early Bird
21 August 2020
Veterinary Science Conference Centre
Regimental Dr
Camperdown NSW



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.


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.

Early BirdFull rateEarly BirdFull rate
Recent Grad Member / Part-time Member / Nurse$315$371$1727$1818
Student Member$157$185$1551$1633
Non-member / eMemberN/A$741N/A$2349

*Professional members, Practice Staff members, and Academic Members.