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Friday, August 11 • 8:15am - 9:05am
Major body system assessment in the small animal emergency patient

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Emergency patients vary from completely stable (like a dog with a torn dew claw) to the almost dead (eg a dog with severe septic peritonitis). They may have conditions that are easy to diagnose like most cases of pyometra in an old, female, intact bitch with a purulent vaginal discharge. Or be very challenging, like a Cushingoid, diabetic with pancreatitis that presents for collapse. Because it is so challenging, it is vital to have a standardised approach so that you can rapidly determine the urgency of the problems. The approach needs to be automatic so that you instantly click into emergency assessment mode. Being able to rapidly determine how seriously affected an animal is goes a long way to countering the understandable stress that most of us feel when dealing with emergencies. And this lecture will show you how!

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Dez Hughes

Associate Professor and Service Head, Emergency and Critical Care, University of Melbourne
I grew up in Sunderland in North-east England then went to vet school in Liverpool. I then sped off to the University of Pennsylvania where I did my internship and ECC residency. I was ACVECC board certified in 1994 then worked in Penn’s Emergency Service for the next 7 years... Read More →

Friday August 11, 2017 8:15am - 9:05am
Central A