Webinar Plus: Management of the Small Animal Trauma Patient

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About the course

About this course

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 course will provide a solid foundation for veterinary surgeons who wish to review, consolidate and update their knowledge on stabilization and management of the small animal trauma patient. The course will cover initial management strategies and recognition of priorities. It will also cover techniques and definitive/temporary strategies to manage the patient with soft tissue, orthopedic and neurological injuries.

Triage and assessment of the trauma patient and initial stabilization and diagnostic techniques will be covered in week 1. In the following three weeks, webinars will cover management of urogenital trauma, the acute abdomen, initial management of orthopaedic injuries including when to cast and when not to and how to approach the patient with brain/spinal cord injuries.


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: A mixture of two-hour weekly webinars (which can be viewed live and/or as recorded versions throughout the course), online case assessment exercises, supplementary reading material and tutor-moderated online discussion forums
Course length: Four weeks plus 

Relevant to CertAVP module:  Emergency and Critical Care (C-ECC.2 and 3) and Soft Tissue Surgery (C-SAS.3)


There is a complementary Management of the small animal trauma patient practical day on Tuesday 10th July to 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 optimize initial diagnostics

A discount is given if the Webinar Plus course and the practical day is booked together.

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 either as part of the Webinar Plus course, as live webinars or as recorded versions to participate in the practical day.

The webinars in this course can be purchased as live or recorded webinars. 

Webinar dates:
Wednesday 25th April 12-2pm (GMT)
Wednesday 2nd May 12-2pm (GMT)
Wednesday 9th May 12-2pm (GMT)
Wednesday 16th May 12-2pm (GMT)


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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