Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care

This 100% online CPD mini-module has been developed and aimed towards the more experienced veterinary surgeon. The module content has been developed by veterinary specialists at the forefront of current veterinary research.

The module will provide you with 25 hours of designation specific CPD. Over four weeks we will cover a different weekly topic in an area in which there may have been changes, advances or controversy in recent years.

The course is taught and tutored by Liverpool and other external veterinary specialists, following a similar format to the University of Liverpool’s CertAVP modules.  With online lectures, discussion boards and weekly MCQ tests designed to help support your learning, this short Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care mini-module will provide a fun and interactive way to ensure you keep up to date in your area of interest.


Course content:


Week 1: Updates in managing the critically ill patient


Duana McBride BVSc DipACVECC MVMedSc FHEA MRCVS RCVS Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care, Southfields Veterinary Specialists

As an ECC clinician, stabilising and managing critically-ill patients makes-up a large volume of your work. Keeping abreast of contemporary knowledge and guidelines regarding sepsis, organ failure and antimicrobial use can be challenging. This week Duana McBride will be presenting a mini-series on management of the critically ill patient, providing up to date information on fluid therapy guidelines, vasopressor use, rational use of antimicrobials, plus how and when to select and administer transfusion products.


Week 2: Updates in small animal surgical emergencies.


Rachel Burrow BVetMed CertSAS CertVR DipECVS MRCVS RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue) - Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery, Leahurst Small Animal Teaching Hospital

Daniella McCready BVSc Cert SAS Dipl ECVS MRCVS EBVS® European and RCVS-Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Surgery - The Ralph Veterinary Referral Centre

Emergency surgical cases, like them or not, are a part of everyday life for the emergency practitioner. Some surgical cases can be very challenging with regards to workup, surgical decision-making and in-hospital management. Two such presentations are dog bite trauma and septic peritonitis. This week Rachel Burrow and Daniella McCready will be presenting cutting-edge and practical approaches to help you manage these cases to the best of your ability.


Week 3: Break week


Week 4: Updates in small animal reproductive emergencies


Ludivine Boiron MSC DVM DACVECC DiplACVECC MRCVS, American Specialist in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care - Willows Specialist Referral Service

Right from our first days in practice, reproductive emergencies represent some of the most intimidating yet rewarding cases to manage, and are seen by general practitioners and emergency clinicians alike. Ludivine Boiron will be providing updates in all fields of small animal reproductive emergencies, including caesarean section, paediatric physiology and emergency and critical care, plus how to manage male and female reproductive emergencies such as prostatic and uterine disease.


Week 5: Updates in cardiovascular emergencies


Liz Bode BVSc PhD DipECVIM-CA (Cardio) MRCVS RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology and EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology - Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Cardiology

Siddarth Sudunagunta BVetMed CertAVP(VC) MRCVS - Resident in Small Animal Cardiology

Julie Hamilton-Elliot BVSc CertAVP(SAM) PgCert MRCVS - Lecturer in Small Animal Cardiology

In the emergency setting, cardiovascular disease is seen on a daily basis, relying on prompt decision-making and up-to-date knowledge of available diagnostics and treatments to optimise outcomes. This week, the Cardio team from Leahurst Small Animal Teaching Hospital will provide ECC Advanced Practitioner-level updates in feline dyspnoea with a focus on feline CHF, canine ventricular arrhythmias and feline aortic thromboembolic disease.



Start date: 23 March 2020

Cost: £385