Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care
What will I study?
Gain the ability to identify and address life threatening conditions. Some of these include: major trauma, toxicities and sepsis through to acute abdomen, cardiac failure and respiratory and ventilatory failure.
Develop knowledge in the techniques necessary to perform emergency and critical care procedures and develop knowledge in the monitoring of these patients.
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Explore the subjects you could choose as part of this certificate.
- Cardiovascular & Respiratory Emergencies12.5
Cardiovascular & Respiratory Emergencies
This subject focuses on initial patient assessment, resuscitation, cardiovascular and respiratory emergencies as well as the pathophysiological principles and interpretation of blood gases and acid-base. The subject will cover the fundamental pathophysiological and clinical aspects of these areas. Specifically, identification and management of shock, cardiac failure, pericardial tamponade, respiratory compromise and ventilatory failure will be addressed. Students will build on knowledge that was acquired as an undergraduate and develop a deeper understanding and improved clinical confidence in these areas. On completion of this subject students will have developed the knowledge necessary to understand and interpret blood gas and acid base information.
- Abdominal & Urogenital Emergencies12.5
Abdominal & Urogenital Emergencies
This subject focuses on abdominal, gastrointestinal, and urogenital emergencies. This subject will increase understanding of both pathophysiology and clinical aspects of the following conditions; acute abdomen, pancreatitis, liver failure, gastrointestinal foreign bodies, gastric dilation and volvulus, pyometra, dystocia, acute renal failure, and urethral obstruction. Both fundamental pathophysiological and clinical aspects of these areas will be covered allowing students to build on knowledge that was acquired as an undergraduate leading to a deeper understanding and improved clinical confidence in these areas.
- Haemato, Neurologic & Global Conditions12.5
Haemato, Neurologic & Global Conditions
This subject focuses on neurologic, musculo-skeletal, haematological, endocrine, global emergencies and transfusion medicine. This subject will increase understanding of both pathophysiology and clinical aspects of the following conditions; traumatic brain injury, spinal trauma, open fractures, traumatic wounds, burns, hyperthermia, toxicities, coagulopathies, IMHA, IMT, anaphylaxis, diabetes ketoacidosis, Addisonian crisis, and transfusion of red cells and plasma. Both fundamental pathophysiological and clinical aspects of these areas will be covered allowing students to build on knowledge that was acquired as an undergraduate leading to a deeper understanding and improved clinical confidence in these areas. This subject will introduce the cell based model of coagulation, pathophysiological principles of SIRS, sepsis and DIC and discuss the diagnosis and critical care of patients with these conditions.
- CPR, Eye Emergencies & Practical ECC12.5
CPR, Eye Emergencies & Practical ECC
In this subject will focus on the practical aspects of ECC including but not limited to: RECOVER guidelines for basic and advanced CPR along with common ophthalmic emergencies, monitoring, imaging, cytology and technical procedures, anaesthesia, analgesia and nutrition for the emergency and critical care patient. Specifically techniques in CPR, emergency radiography, ultrasound and cytology interpretation, jugular and arterial catheter placement and chest drain placement, nasal, oesophageal tube placement and nutrition plans and options for parenteral nutrition will be included in this subject.