Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care

Where will this take me?


Advance your career and contribute to your continuing professional development

This course is worth 212 CPD points, which are vital to continued professional registration.

Prepare for the ANZCVS ECC membership examinations

Passing of ANZCVS ECC membership examinations is a mandatory requirement before a veterinarian is able to sit specialty veterinary examinations within Australia. This course covers the fundamental pathophysiological and clinical aspects of Emergency and Critical Care, making it a valuable step for those entering into a residency position in this area.

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of the course, you will have:

  • Understanding of the pathophysiological principles that relate to ECC
  • The ability to apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology and therapy in order to successfully manage systems derangement, including cardiovascular, respiratory, abdominal gastrointestinal, renal, urinary tract, reproductive, metabolic, endocrine, haemolymphatic, neurologic, musculoskeletal, ophthalmic, integumentary and nutritional
  • The ability to rapidly and accurately assess the emergency patient in order to prioritise a patient’s problems based on principles of triage
  • Understanding of global conditions such as SIRS, DIC, sepsis, trauma, hyperthermia, toxicities and anaphylaxis and demonstrate effective assessment and management of such conditions
  • Knowledge of the principles of anaesthesia and analgesia as they apply to the emergent or critically ill patient
  • Knowledge of surgical emergencies including techniques and complications
  • Knowledge of pharmacology required for successful management of ECC conditions including the dose, indications, mechanism of action, contraindications and drug interactions
  • Understanding of the use of fluid and transfusion therapy including uses, limitations, and risks
  • Ability to interpret various tests and monitoring parameters used in ECC
  • Ability to interpret ultrasound and radiographic images as they related to common emergency scenarios
  • Knowledge of the current CPR guidelines and to be able to describe effective CPR
  • Knowledge of techniques, monitoring and procedures commonly used in emergency and critical care.