Small Animal Emergency Medicine - A 2-Day Practical Course

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About the course

This two-day course is designed to provide small animal clinicians with up to date essential theory, and practical skills, to confidently manage a multitude of common medical emergencies seen in practice. The course starts by using real life clinical cases to discuss the diagnosis and management of common medical emergencies. A ‘hands-on’ practical session on the second day will enable delegates to practice essential emergency medical techniques on cadavers in a relaxed learning environment. The practical sessions will provide delegates with a unique opportunity to develop skills, which are otherwise rarely offered.

On the first day the following topics will be covered in lecture format using real life clinical case examples:

  • An effective approach to the anaemic emergency patient
  • Blood transfusion medicine

  • Management of the animal in respiratory distress
  • Management of acute renal failure
  • Endocrine emergencies-DKA and Addisonian crisis
  • Management of pericardial disease

Discussions will be encouraged during the dedicated question times, with speakers sharing their successes and failures in order to maximise the learning experience for all attending veterinarians. Day 1 will conclude with an optional course dinner, which will give delegates the opportunity to get to know each other and to spend more time with the speakers.

On the second day, with intermittent pre wet lab lectures explaining the procedures, the 5 1/2 -hour practical session will give delegates the opportunity to put theory into practice on cadaver specimens and to ask questions all under the supervision of the course tutors. The following topics will be covered during the practical sessions:

  • Placement of central venous catheters
  • Oesophagostomy tube placement: surgical cut-down and van Noort techniques
  • Thoracostomy tube placement: large bore trocar and small-bore wire-guided techniques
  • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Bone marrow aspiration and core biopsy

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