Small Animal Emergency Medicine - A 2-Day Practical Course

Small Animals

Date: Sat 24th Mar 2018 - Sun 25th Mar 2018
Venue: Dierenkliniek Venhei
Location: near Antwerp, Northern Belgium (Eindhoven or Brussels Airport)
Accredited Hours: 15
Course Language: English (with Flemish & French Moderation)
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet EUR 490.00 EUR 980.00
2nd vet, same clinic EUR 465.00 EUR 930.00
SAVAB Member EUR 440.00 EUR 880.00
Student EUR 100.00 -
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 11th February 2018
Registration Deadline: Friday 23rd February 2018

* VAT (= MWST/MOMS/SALES TAX) will only be added for certain UK vets attending courses abroad and for all  attendees when attending courses in the UK.



Sat 24 - Sun 25 March 2018 - A 2-Day Practical Course


This two-day course is designed to provide small animal clinicians with up to date essential theory, and practical skills, to confidently manage a multitude of common medical emergencies seen in practice. The course starts by using real life clinical cases to discuss the diagnosis and management of common medical emergencies. A ‘hands-on’ practical session on the second day will enable delegates to practice essential emergency medical techniques on cadavers in a relaxed learning environment. The practical sessions will provide delegates with a unique opportunity to develop skills, which are otherwise rarely offered.

On the first day the following topics will be covered in lecture format using real life clinical case examples:

  • An effective approach to the anaemic emergency patient
  • Blood transfusion medicine‚Ä®
  • Management of the animal in respiratory distress
  • Management of acute renal failure
  • Endocrine emergencies-DKA and Addisonian crisis
  • Management of pericardial disease

Discussions will be encouraged during the dedicated question times, with speakers sharing their successes and failures in order to maximise the learning experience for all attending veterinarians. Day 1 will conclude with an optional course dinner, which will give delegates the opportunity to get to know each other and to spend more time with the speakers.

On the second day, with intermittent pre wet lab lectures explaining the procedures, the 5 1/2 -hour practical session will give delegates the opportunity to put theory into practice on cadaver specimens and to ask questions all under the supervision of the course tutors. The following topics will be covered during the practical sessions:

  • Placement of central venous catheters
  • Oesophagostomy tube placement: surgical cut-down and van Noort techniques
  • Thoracostomy tube placement: large bore trocar and small-bore wire-guided techniques
  • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Bone marrow aspiration and core biopsy
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    Nick Bexfield

    United Kingdom

    European Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine; RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine
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    After qualification, Nick worked in primary care practice, before undertaking a Small Animal Medicine and Oncology Residency at the University of Cambridge. He obtained the RCVS Diploma (DSAM) and the European Diploma in Small Animal Medicine (DipECVIM-CA) in 2006. Following this he completed a PhD then became a clinician in internal medicine and oncology. Nick was a Clinical Associate Professor in Small Animal Medicine and Oncology at University of Nottingham between December 2013 and October 2017. He was Chair of the BSAVA Congress Programme Committee and also co-author of the BSAVA Guide to Procedures in Small Animal Practice. Nick lectures widely in the UK and abroad in all areas of small animal internal medicine and emergency medicine.

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    Paul Higgs

    United Kingdom

    European Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine
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    Paul graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2006. Following this he worked for four years in small animal practice in Somerset. During this time he developed a strong interest in internal medicine and achieved the RCVS certificate in Small Animal Medicine (CertSAM). In 2010 Paul moved to the University of Bristol to undertake a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine and Critical Care. He was awarded Diplomate status at the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2014 and is a recognised European Specialist in this area. Paul has a strong interest in haematological disorders and emergency medicine although he enjoys all aspects of internal medicine.

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Dierenkliniek Venhei


Dierenkliniek Venhei
Geelsebaan 95- 97
2460 Kasterlee