Obstetrical Emergencies

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About the course

Attendees will be able to diagnose and effectively handle obstetric and other common emergency procedures in cattle.

  • Calving – malpresentation
  • Calving – relative foetal oversize
  • Calving – uterine torsion
  • Foetotomy
  • Caesarean section
  • Uterine Trauma/Bleeding
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Toxic mastitis / shock / septicaemia
  • Metabolic collapse – Ca, Mg, Acid/Base imbalance

At the end of this module attendees will, for each emergency, be able to:

  • Diagnose the emergency rapidly and accurately
  • List the treatment options for each emergency
  • Describe the pros and cons of each option in  different circumstances
  • Select an appropriate option depending on circumstances
  • Communicate with farmers about the method of treatment
  • Know and prepare the equipment required
  • Explain suitable & safe procedures of restraint
  • Prepare the animals adequately
  • Perform the treatment
  • Discuss possible complications
  • Prescribe appropriate care post treatment
  • Describe likely sequelae
  • Communicate with farmers about these and advise on actions to be taken
  • List the risk factors for each emergency
  • Advise farmers on ways of reducing risk

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