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Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care (GC-SAECC) // Attributes, outcomes and skills

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Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate;

  • Understanding of the pathophysiological principles that relate to ECC
  • The ability to apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology and therapy in order to successfully management of systems derangement including; cardiovascular, respiratory, abdominal gastrointestinal, renal, urinary tract, reproductive, metabolic, endocrine, haemo-lymphatic, neurologic, musculo-skeletal, 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

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should have developed:

  • problem-solving skills
  • analytic skills
  • increased confidence in tackling unfamiliar problems the capacity to manage competing demands on time

On completion of this course students become part of a cohort that has a bond through the common interest in the field of veterinary ECC.

Graduate attributes

Graduates of this course will have knowledge and skills in the area of ECC over and above what is expected of the graduate veterinarian. They will be able to prioritise and respond appropriately to life threatening clinical situations and will be able to apply knowledge and skills gain in this course to novel situations. They will gain a level of understanding and expertise that allows them to be able to give sound advice in the field of ECC to other practitioners.

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