Emergency and Critical Care

Accelerated Learning

The digital way to fast-track your knowledge

The Accelerated Emergency and Critical Care Programme is the solution for veterinary surgeons who want to be confident in emergency patient management, enhance their knowledge, or rapidly transition into emergency practice.

This programme was developed by experienced veterinarians, both Fellows and Members of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Emergency and Critical Care, from Improve International’s Australian Partner, the Animal Emergency Service (AES).

Every week you will receive an online learning module on a relevant ECC topic, covering pathophysiology, diagnosis, management, and current treatments. Each module includes learning platform access, notes, and questions. You will also benefit from four live sessions divided over one year with a renowned specialist in this field.

You can study at your own pace – take advantage of 24/7 access and enrol at any time. This programme also enables you to work towards a recognised qualification – the Foundation Certificate (FCert) awarded by the International School for Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS).

Key features of this programme:

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15 varied modules

Designed by experienced AES veterinarians, Fellows and Members in ANZCVS in ECC 

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One module per week

Allowing you to complete the programme and take your learning back to practice faster

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100% online

Giving you access 24/7 wherever you are using your desktop, laptop or tablet

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Interactive and engaging modules

Allowing you to absorb the learning materials in an online environment

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Discussion forum

A discussion forum for conversation, debate and sharing cases with your peers

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1-year unlimited access

​Giving the option of revisiting different topics and learning at your own pace

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Live sessions with diploma holders

Live sessions every 3 months with ECC specialists on essential and foundation topics 

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Accredited training

Achieve the Foundation Certificate (FCert) awarded by ISVPS

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Multiple learning processes

Presentations, written notes and exercises which test your knowledge as you work

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Open enrollment

No fixed start date – set your own calendar by enrolling at the most suitable time for you

Accelerated Emergency and Critical Care Programme

Gerardo Poli

BVSc (Hons) MVS MANZCVS (Emergency and Critical Care)

Programme Details:

Modules summary
  1. Blood Gas and Acid-base Analysis
  2. Shock and IV Fluids
  3. Electrolytes
  4. Clinical Pathology and Focused Ultrasound
  5. Anaesthesia and Analgesia
  6. CPR and Triage
  7. Haematological and Coagulopathic Emergencies
  8. Cardiovascular Emergencies
  9. Respiratory Emergencies
  10. Urogenital Emergencies
  11. Ophthalmological Emergencies
  12. Neurological Emergencies
  13. Abdominal Emergencies
  14. Endocrine Emergencies
  15. Intoxications

Please note the module order may be altered.

Qualifications

Our Accelerated Emergency Programme gives you an opportunity to obtain a recognised qualification awarded by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS).

Foundation Certificate (FCert)

By attending the full online structured programme and following successful assessment you can gain the Foundation Certificate awarded by ISVPS.

Benefits

Benefits for you:

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Progress your career and achieve academic recognition

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Develop a logical approach to cases and problem solving
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Grow your small animal caseload and revenue stream
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Increase your skills, knowledge and confidence in dealing with more complex cases

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Recognised programmes for application to the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status

Benefits for your clients:

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Accelerated diagnosis
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Improve animal care

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Increase in treatment options
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Reassure your client that their pet is in safe hands

Benefits for your practice:

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Increase practice revenues

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Improve productivity

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Reduce external referrals and increased practice capabilities

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Transfer knowledge and skills within practice

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Demonstrate your commitment to enhancing practice standards

Why study with us?
  • Established in 1998 by a group of veterinary surgeons providing the highest quality training programmes
  • Now operating in 20 countries worldwide and various locations in the UK
  • Originators of modular CPD for veterinary professionals and still a company which is run by vets
  • More than 20,000 veterinarians have benefited from our modular training
  • We use world-class speakers to deliver the academic syllabus whilst ensuring content is relevant to practice
  • Our practical training facilities are purpose-built and contain the latest technology
  • Postgraduate programmes accredited by the International School of Veterinary Studies (ISVPS) and validated by Harper Adams University (HAU)
  • Our exam rate is unsurpassed – an achievable qualification and consistently high success rates

Module Authors:

Gerardo Poli

BVSc (Hons) MVS MANZCVS (Emergency and Critical Care)
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Rob Webster

BVSc (Hons) FANZCVS
1 - Acid Base and Blood Gas Analysis
Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Outline the steps involved in the identification and interpretation of acid base disorders
  • Identify one of four primary disorders and any compensatory mechanisms or secondary disorders.
  • List the causes of respiratory acidosis, respiratory alkalosis, metabolic acidosis and metabolic alkalosis
  • Calculate the anion gap and use it to identify causes of metabolic acidosis
  • Describe the management of acidaemia and alkalaemia.
  • Discuss the physiology of lactate production, its use as a marker of perfusion and the relationship to base excess (BE).
  • Describe the pathophysiology underlying the two main types of hyperlactataemia and other potential causes
  • Outline oxygenation in terms of arterial blood oxygen (PaO2), ventilation, perfusion and V/Q mismatch
  • Recall the physiological causes of low blood oxygen (hypoxaemia) and disease processes causing hypoxemia.
  • Calculate the adequacy of oxygenation using the P:F ratio and A-A Gradient
  • Describe the assessment of ventilation in relation to PCO2 and the 120 rule
2 - Shock and Intravenous Fluids
Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Define shock and the physiological causes
  • Explain circulatory shock in
  • terms of hypovolemic, cardiogenic, distributive, obstructive shock
  • Outline findings in the stages of shock – compensatory, decompensatory, end-stage
  • Describe the principles of fluid therapy – including the glycocalyx, Starlings law & formation of interstitial oedema.
  • List the goals of fluid therapy in terms of perfusion parameters, dehydration correction and treatment of circulatory shock
  • Demonstrate how to assess the degree of dehydration
  • List the types of intravenous fluids and their indications for use
  • Construct a fluid plan to correct hypovolaemia, dehydration, ongoing losses and maintenance
  • Explain indications for bolus and shock fluid rates
  • Describe monitoring and perfusion end points for fluid therapy.
  • List the potential complications of fluid therapy
  • List considerations in perioperative fluid therapy
3 - Electrolytes
Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • List the main serum electrolytes which need to be monitored and clinically managed
    • sodium
    • calcium
    • potassium
    • phosphate
  • Recall normal reference ranges for each electrolyte
  • Recall the common causes of abnormal decreases in each electrolytes
  • Recall the common causes of abnormal increases in each electrolytes
  • Describe the common clinical signs and pathological changes seen with derangements of each electrolytes
  • Recognise severity of clinical signs in relation to extent of electrolyte derangement
  • Discuss hypernatremia and hyponatremia in terms of volume status
  • List the appropriate management and treatment for the common electrolyte disturbances
  • Recall the specific calculations used in the management and treatment of sodium disorders
4 - Clinical Pathology and Focused Ultrasound
Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate the various components of a complete blood count
  • Outline the interpretation a complete blood count.
  • Outline appropriate differential diagnoses for abnormalities in the complete blood count.
  • Describe how to perform a blood smear and be able to evaluate findings.
  • Interpret a serum biochemistry profile and outline appropriate differential diagnoses for abnormalities.
  • Identify factors that may affect clinical pathology results in terms of animal breed, sample artefact and laboratory artefact
  • Describe AFAST and TFAST techniques.
  • Outline the abdominal fluid scoring system
  • Describe and outline the VetBLUE including the acoustic windows
  • Identify lung ultrasound signs – A lines, B lines, glide sign
  • Describe likely disease processes from VetBLUE using the regionally based respiratory pattern
  • Describe focused echocardiography and it’s uses
5 - Anaesthesia and Analgesia
Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Outline the pathophysiology of the pain pathway and describe the main neurotransmitters
  • Recall the three types of pain
  • Identify how to assess pain in terms of the physiological signs and behavioural signs
  • Recall the use of pain scales in the dog and cat
  • Define multimodal analgesia and pre-emptive analgesia
  • Describe the basic pharmacology for commonly used analgesics, their advantages and disadvantages and important considerations
  • Select appropriate analgesic agents for different trauma situations
  • Outline the advantages and disadvantages of two common sedatives and their important considerations
  • List the advantages and disadvantages of commonly used anaesthetic agents
  • Recall considerations for anaesthetic drugs based on common emergency presentations and surgeries
6 - Triage and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Identify the important components of a triage assessment
  • Explain the primary triage survey in the initial assessments and stabilisation of cardiovascular, respiratory and neurological parameters
  • Discuss life-sustaining interventions and use of point of care diagnostics
  • Explain the secondary triage survey and the assessments required after initial stabilisation
  • List the clinical signs of cardiopulmonary arrest (CPA)
  • Explain basic life support and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Describe CPR and recommended techniques for chest compressions and ventilatory support
  • Describe monitoring devices used in advanced life support and explain the importance of the main parameters in CPR
  • Identify shockable and non-shockable rhythms in CPR and how to treat these
  • Expand upon the indications and doses of common medications administered during CPR
7 - Haematological and Coagulopathy Emergencies
Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Explain the cell-based model of coagulation
  • Describe the pathophysiology of primary haemostasis
  • Recall the main disorders of primary haemostasis
  • Identify the clinical signs associated with primary haemostatic disorders
  • Discuss the diagnostic tests and treatments for primary haemostatic disorders
  • Recall the three pathways involved in the coagulation cascade.
  • Identify the clinical signs associated with secondary haemostatic disorders
  • Discuss the diagnostic tests for and treatment of secondary haemostatic disorders
  • Outline the primary mechanisms of anaemia
  • Describe the clinical signs of anaemia, diagnostic tests, and the treatment of anaemia.
8 - Cardiovascular Emergencies
Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Briefly explain the pathophysiology of congestive heart failure in relation to the common cardiac diseases of the dog and cat
  • Describe the common clinical signs seen with cardiac disease
  • List the diagnostic tests used to evaluate and assess patients with suspected cardiac disease
  • Outline the medical treatments and therapeutic procedures used in the emergency management of a cardiac patient
  • Explain the Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System (RAAS) and its importance in maintenance of blood pressure
  • Describe the common clinical findings seen with hypertension in dogs and cats
  • Describe the common clinical findings seen with hypotension in dogs and cats
  • List the diagnostic tests used to assess and evaluate blood pressure
  • Outline the medical treatment options for hypotension and hypertension in dogs and cats
9 - Respiratory Emergencies
Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Define hypoxaemia, the common causes, relevance in respiratory physiology
  • Define hypoxia, causes and relevance in terms of respiratory physiology
  • Describe the difference between ventilation and oxygenation measures and explain V/Q mismatch
  • List relevant measures for assessment of ventilation and oxygenation including PaO2, SpO2, PaCO2, FiO2
  • Explain the oxyhaemoglobin dissociation curve
  • Explain the PF ratio in terms of lung function assessment
  • Detail a diagnostic approach for a patient presenting in respiratory distress
  • Detail a treatment plan for a patient presenting in respiratory distress
  • List a range of common disease states of the respiratory system that can present as emergencies
10 - Urogenital Emergencies
Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Describe the regulation systems of potassium homeostasis
  • List the causes and consequences of hyperkalemia
  • Discuss the treatment and management of hyperkalemia
  • Discuss the causes and consequences of uroabdomen
  • List the tests and procedures used in the diagnosis of uroabdomen
  • Discuss the management and treatment options for uroabdomen
  • Discuss Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) including the causes, clinical signs and diagnosis
  • Describe the treatment options for FLUTD
  • Discuss acute kidney injury in terms of kidney function and pathophysiological changes
  • List the veterinary staging systems for acute kidney injury
  • Describe the differential diagnosis for acute kidney injury in terms of pre-renal, renal and post-renal causes
  • Discuss the treatment, management and monitoring of acute renal injury
11 - Ophthalmological Emergencies
Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Describe how to perform a complete ophthalmic assessment
  • Discuss the ophthalmic assessment in terms of gross examination techniques
  • Discuss the ophthalmic assessments in terms of specialised examination techniques
  • List the required equipment and drugs required for a complete ophthalmic assessment
  • Describe the pathophysiology and clinical signs of the common ophthalmic emergencies below
  • Discuss the diagnostic workup of the common ophthalmic emergencies below
  • List the treatment and management of specific ophthalmic conditions below
    • Corneal ulcer/laceration
    • Descemetocele
    • Uveitis
    • Glaucoma
    • Horner’s Syndrome
    • Proptosis
12 - Neurological Emergencies
Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the functional regions of the brain and their neurological assessments
  • List the localisation of a brain lesion in relation to the assessments and deficits
  • Discuss the functional regions of the spinal cord and their neurological assessments
  • List the localisation of a spinal lesion in relation to the assessments and deficits
  • Describe how to perform a neurological examination
  • Discuss primary and secondary traumatic brain injury including mechanisms of intracranial pressure increases
  • List the clinical assessments for traumatic brain injury including the Modified Glasgow Coma Scale
  • Discuss the tiered and specific treatments of traumatic brain injury
  • List the diagnostic workup of patients presenting with seizures and status epilepticus
  • Discuss the specific treatments of seizures, including status epilepticus
  • List the diagnostic workup of patients with suspected intracranial disease
  • List the specific treatments meningitis or meningoencephalitis and the breeds commonly affected
13 - Acute Abdominal Emergencies
Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • List the commonly associated history, clinical signs and examination findings in acute abdomen presentations
  • Discuss the principles of the general diagnostic workup for an acute abdomen presentation
  • Describe the principles of immediate treatment for an acute abdomen presentation
  • Discuss Acute Pancreatitis – the pathophysiology, clinical signs, workup and treatment
  • Discuss Acute Gastroenteritis – aetiology, clinical signs, differential diagnoses, workup and treatment
  • Discuss Gastric Dilation and Volvulus (GDV) – the pathophysiology, clinical signs and diagnostic workup
  • List the initial management and surgical considerations of GDV
  • List the post-operative management and monitoring of GDV patients
  • Discuss Acute Non-Traumatic Haemoabdomen – the pathophysiology, clinical signs, workup and management
14 - Endocrine Emergencies
Online

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the pathophysiology of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA)
  • Describe the clinical signs, work-up and diagnosis of DKA
  • List the common electrolyte, acid-base and fluid derangements see in DKA
  • Discuss the treatment of DKA including drug regimes, fluid therapy, electrolyte supplementation and monitoring
  • Discuss the pathophysiology of glucose regulation in the body and causes of hypoglycaemia
  • Describe the clinical signs, work-up and diagnosis of hypoglycaemia
  • Discuss the treatment of hypoglycaemia
  • Discuss the pathophysiology of primary and secondary hypoadrenocorticism
  • Describe the clinical signs and diagnostic work-up of hypoadrenocorticism
  • List the common clinical abnormalities present in hypoadrenocorticism – including electrolyte, clinical pathology, diagnostic imaging and adrenal-axis testing
  • Discuss the emergency treatment and management of patients in ‘Addisonian Crisis’
15 - Intoxications
Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • List the preliminary questions asked in phone triage of suspected intoxications
  • Discuss the various decontamination methods including emesis, use of activated charcoal, gastric lavage, dermal decontamination and enhanced elimination
  • Describe the complications and contraindications of the above methods
  • Discuss the common intoxications below, including the clinical signs, diagnosis, stabilisation, decontamination, specific treatment and monitoring of
    • Metaldehyde intoxication
    • Synthetic pyrethrin intoxication
    • Anticoagulant rodenticide intoxication
    • Lily plant intoxication
    • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) intoxication
    • Chocolate/Caffeine intoxication
    • Ethylene glycol intoxication
    • Grape & Raisin intoxication
  • Discuss ‘serotonin syndrome’ including the related drugs, the clinical signs, diagnosis, stabilisation, decontamination, specific treatment and monitoring

Accelerated Emergency and Critical Care Programme Pricing

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All programme prices include ISVPS registration and examination fees

* Delegates will need to pay a 50% deposit upon enrolment to secure their place. The remaining amount needs to be paid up to 2 months after the course starts.

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Highly recommend for those in the emergency and GP field. Very glad I have been exposed to this course. As someone who does not work for AES it is fantastic exposure to how they approach emergency cases on a daily basis.

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