ACCELERATED EMERGENCY PROGRAM

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The digital way to fast-track your knowledge

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

The Accelerated Program in Emergency and Critical Care was created by our Australian partner, Animal Emergency Service (AES), in order to improve the confidence and skills of their new staff, as they moved into full time emergency practice. AES is a renowned emergency hospital group, providing urgent medical and pet intensive care services across Australia. Designed by the most experienced AES vets, this course is a result of several years of development and improvement, with up to date and relevant content. Covering the fundamentals of emergency practice, it includes the management of common emergency presentations and is suited to answer the most frequently asked questions.

Every week you will receive an online learning module on relevant Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) topics, covering pathophysiology, diagnosis, management, and current treatments. Each module includes learning platform access, notes, and questions. You will also benefit from 4 live sessions during your 12 month subscription, each with a renowned ECC specialist.

You can study at your own pace - take advantage of 24/7 access and open enrollment - which allows you to enroll at any suitable time.

This CE grants you access to an ISVPS Foundation Certificate and has been submitted to RACE for approval.


Program Features:

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15 varied modules

Designed by world-class specialists, covering key subjects in emergency care

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Discussion forum

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

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One module per week

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

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100% online

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

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Interactive and engaging modules

Allowing you to absorb the learning materials in an online environment

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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 ECC specialists/diplomates

Access to a live session every 3 months to help embed your understanding on foundational and essential emergency topics

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Multiple learning processes

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

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Open subscription

No fixed start date - enroll at any time to suit you

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Networking

Gain access to a world-wide like-minded peer network

CE Program Details:

Modules summary
  1. Blood Gas and Acid-base Analysis
  2. Shock & IV Fluids
  3. Electrolytes
  4. Clinical Pathology & Focused Ultrasound
  5. Anesthesia & Analgesia
  6. CPR & Triage
  7. Hematological & 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.

Authors
  • Dr Gerardo Poli BVSc (Hons) MVS MANZCVS (Emergency and Critical Care)
  • Dr Danielle Huston BVSc (Hons) MVS (Small Animal Practice) MANZCVS (Emergency and Critical Care)
  • Dr Oriana Leong BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (Emergency and Critical Care)
  • Dr Philomena Kwong BVSc (Hons) MVS (Small Animal Practice)
  • Dr Amelia Allen BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (Emergency and Critical Care)
  • Dr Sara West BVSc
  • Dr Vanessa Grose BVSc
  • Dr Emily Ireland BVSc MANZCVS (Emergency & Critical Care)
Qualifications

Our Emergency and Critical Care Accelerated CE Program has been submitted to RACE for approval and gives you an opportunity to obtain a recognized qualification awarded by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS).

Foundation Certificate (FCert)

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

This course includes

All program prices include ISVPS initial registration and examination fees. 12 months access to the platform and all the course content.

01 - Acid Base and Blood Gas Analysis
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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

 

02 - Shock and Intravenous Fluids
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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

 

03 - Electrolytes
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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

 

04 - Clinical Pathology and Focused Ultrasound
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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

 

05 - Anaesthesia and Analgesia
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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 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.

06 - Triage and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
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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.

07 - Hematological and Coagulopathy Emergencies
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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.

 

08 - Cardiovascular Emergencies
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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

09 - Respiratory Emergencies
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 insulin 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
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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

 

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Accelerated Emergency Program
Payment OptionInitial PaymentNext PaymentsTotal Payable
Payment in full$3,000-$3,000
Payment in Full (50% deposit) *$1,500$1,500$3,000
All program 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.

Accelerated Emergency Program
Payment OptionInitial PaymentNext PaymentsTotal Payable
Payment in full$14,990-$14,990
Payment in full (10% deposit)$1,499$13,491 *$14,990
Monthly payments$1,500$656 x 24 installments *$15,750
All program prices include ISVPS registration and examination fees
* Delegates will need to pay the first installment to save their place and then payment plans start the month before the beginning of the course

Payment Terms & Conditions

1. An initial payment is due on registration to secure the booking. This can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.

2. Full payment to be made within 30 days of the commencement of the course.

3. 50% deposit to be paid upon enrolment and remaining amount up to 2 months after the course starts.

4. The fail to pay the full amount on the stipulated dates leads to cancellation of registration and loss of access to the online platform.

5. All program prices include ISVPS registration and examination fees.


Registration Information

1. Confirmation and enrolment details will be sent to applicants once we have received a completed application form.

2. Access to the online platform will be granted after payment confirmation.

3. Improve International reserves the right to cut delegate’s access to the platform by for non-payment or non-compliance with the terms and conditions.

4. After 12 months, delegates can request to renew their registration for a reduced price. Consult our team for more details.


Frequently Asked Questions

Distance Learning

When is the learning content available for each module?
  • At the beginning of the month, the content for weeks 1 and 2 will be released
  • At the beginning of the 3rd week of the month, the remaining content will be released
What additional learning resources are available?
  • Online lessons
  • Notes to support every lesson
  • Reading list
  • Module Tutor (diploma holder in their field)
  • Program Tutor
  • Discussion Forum
What qualifications are needed for taking the program if coming from another non- European country?
  • Qualified Doctor of Veterinary Medicine registered in country of origin
  • ISVPS will require appropriate paperwork at point of registration
What does the GPCert consist of?
  • Complete the full online structured program
  • Case report (2,500 words)
  • Online spot test exam
  • Multiple choice examination
  • ISVPS are responsible for invigilation of the exam via TestReach an independent invigilation company
  • See the assessment criteria on the diagram of the route to a GPCert in the brochure
When do the exams take place?
For detailed information please check the ISVPS section on this webpage.
How do I submit my case report for the GPCert?
All ISVPS assessments are uploaded to the candidates’ area via the ISVPS website. You will be given a login to the candidates’ area when you register with ISVPS.

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ACCELERATED EMERGENCY PROGRAM
Starting February 2021
15 Modules
12 Months access to the online platform
4 Live Sessions
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70 CE Hours
FCert
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available
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SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL

ACCREDITED BY
This course is accredited by ISVPS and allows you to achieve a Foundation Certificate.