This one-day workshop will provide you with an understanding of the common systems derangements in emergency and critically ill patients, and how to appropriately manage them.

Many people dread the phone call signalling the arrival of a hit-by-car animal. After attending this course, you will feel a lot more confident in your approach to these patients, and less like hiding under the desk!

The cadaver practical session will cover the placement of urinary catheters, central venous catheters, tracheostomy tubes, oesophagostomy feeding tubes and thoracic drains. Not only will these procedures be demonstrated, but you will have a chance to practice them yourself, working in groups of no more than three participants per cadaver.

Key Skills:

At the end of this workshop delegates should be able to:

  • Assess an animal with multiple trauma – what are the priorities in these cases, and what comes next
  • Develop appropriate fluid therapy plans for patients in the different types of shock, for hypovolaemic patients, and for ongoing maintenance
  • The emergency database – know what tests to run and how to interpret them, including blood gases

Trudi McAlees

BSc, BVSc, MANZCVS (Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Emergency Medicine and Critical Care), FANZCVS (Emergency Medicine and Critical Care)

Dr Trudi McAlees is a New Zealand veterinarian and Massey graduate who after starting her career in a mainly dairy practice, headed off to the UK for the obligatory period of locum work and travel. After a short period in small animal practice in Auckland, Trudi then moved to Melbourne to pursue a 2-year position in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care at the University of Melbourne, but stayed for 10 years before returning to private practice. She is currently working with the Waikato Afterhours Veterinary Hospital and from February 2019 will be at The Referral Centre in Hamilton.

Trudi is committed to post-graduate education. She is passionate about improving the ability of practitioners to deal with emergencies, and hopes to decrease the anxiety that can accompany these cases when they present. Trudi has a particular interest in analgesia, ventilation and multi-trauma cases. She presents the Sydney University Distance Education course in Emergency Medicine.

Trudi has memberships of the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, and in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care and was the first person to achieve Fellowship in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care in 2008.

Practical Skills in Critical Care for Vets