About the course:
The liver is a complex organ. It produces everything from bile acids and protein to glycogen and coagulation factors. Understandable then, when acute liver disease strikes a patient, the results can be serious for the patient, with syndromes such as systemic infection, sepsis and even death resulting.
This course will provide detailed information you need to know about emergency diseases of the liver to enhance patient survival. What’s more, we’ll look at emergency diseases of the biliary system as well, and how to manage conditions such as cholangitis, biliary tract obstruction, and biliary tract rupture!
All live tutorials are recorded. If you are unable to attend the live tutorial, a link to the recording will be shared with you a few days following the tutorial.
Week 1 - The Liver: Structure and Function
This section will review the structure and function of the normal liver, and outlines the pathophysiology of hepatocellular dysfunction as it applies to dogs and cats. Additionally, the clinical pathology and diagnostic imaging of the patient with liver disease is discussed.
Week 2 - Acute Liver Failure
Acute liver failure – also known as acute hepatic necrosis, is characterised by massive hepatocellular damage, destruction of hepatic parenchyma, and the associated reduction in liver function. This is frequently coupled with systemic inflammatory response syndrome, sepsis and vasogenic and toxic encephalopathy. This section discusses this important condition in detail.
Week 3 - Inflammatory Diseases of the Liver and Biliary Tract
This section focuses on inflammatory diseases of the liver, bile ducts and extra-hepatic biliary tree. Additionally, a discussion of hepatic neoplasia and bile duct obstruction is covered, including diagnostic imaging and treatment.
Week 4 - Porto-Systemic Shunts, Hepatic Encephalopathy and Hepatic Lipidosis
Porto-systemic shunts and hepatic encephalopathy frequently present to the emergency clinician with life-threatening abnormalities of liver function and neurological function. This section presents essential pathophysiology of both of these conditions, diagnostic evaluation and treatments. Additionally, the important condition of feline hepatic lipidosis is discussed.
Dr. Philip Judge
BVSc MVS PG Cert Vet Stud MACVSc (Vet. Emergency and Critical Care; Medicine of Dogs) Director: Vet Education Pty Ltd
Philip graduated from Massey University in New Zealand in 1992, and spent 7 years in small animal practice before undertaking a 3-year residency in veterinary emergency and critical care at the University of Melbourne in 1998. Following his residency, Philip worked for nearly 6 years at the Animal Emergency Centre in Melbourne, becoming the Senior Veterinarian at the centre in 2004. In 2006, Philip undertook a 1-year surgical externship before moving to Townsville to take up the position of Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care at JCU. Philip is also co-founder, and director of Vet Education Pty Ltd (www.veteducation.com.au) – one of Australia’s leading providers of online continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary nurses.
Philip has published numerous manuals and guides concerning emergency medicine, including a CRI manual, haematology and biochemistry interpretation guide, emergency anaesthesia guide, and a ventilation therapy manual for small animals, in addition to being published in peer reviewed literature.
Philip's key interests in veterinary science include respiratory emergencies, ventilation therapy, envenomations and toxicology.
- Consultant in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
- Internationally renowned lecturer and published author
- Dedicated to providing you with innovative and exciting online learning
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