Management of the small animal trauma patient

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About the course

Key Areas

  • Triage of the ECC patient
  • Initial stabilisation and diagnostics
  • Management of urogenital trauma
  • Management of the acute abdomen
  • When is application of external coaptation appropriate
  • Preoperative fracture planning
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Acute spinal cord injuries

About this course

This course is for delegates who have attended our Webinar Plus course: Management of the small animal trauma patient

Are you worried how to manage the multi-trauma patient? Where do you start when faced with the patient who has sustained major trauma? How do you decide on initial management and definitive treatment?

This practical day will allow you to practice many of the skills discussed during the course. You will have the opportunity to practice techniques discussed during the webinars on cadavers under the guidance of RVC specialists in ECC and soft tissue surgery. You will be shown how to gain intravenous access in an emergency, perform lifesaving procedures and optimise initial diagnostics.

Techniques taught will include AFAST and TFAST, tracheostomy tube placement, placement of chest drains and central lines and emergency cut downs. There will also be practical tips for management of urogenital and gastrointestinal trauma and how to control intra-abdominal bleeding. You must have viewed the four webinars to participate in the practical day.

Why do this course?
The course aims to equip you with the tools that are required to manage the trauma patient and so increase your confidence and reduce your stress! 

Course details
Course format: Hands-on practical
Course length: One-day
Relevant to CertAVP module:  Emergency and Critical Care (C-ECC.2 and 3) and Soft Tissue Surgery (C-SAS.3)

Important note - participants of this course will be expected to have attended our Webinar Plus: Management of the small animal trauma patient online course.  Please call us on 01707 666865 if you are in any doubt.


Elvin Kulendra, BVetMed MVetMed CertVDI DipECVS FHEA MRCVS 
Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery 
The Royal Veterinary College 

Joe Fenn, BVetMed MVetMed DipECVN MRCVS 
Lecturer in Neurology and Neurosurgery 
The Royal Veterinary College 

Nicola Kulendra, BVetMed MVetMed CertVDI DipECVS FHEA MRCVS 
Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery 
The Royal Veterinary College 

Stefano Cortellini, DVM MVetMed DipACVECC DipECVECC 
Lecturer in Emergency and Critical Care 
The Royal Veterinary College 

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