AES Accelerated Emergency Program 2021

AES Accelerated Emergency Program

The AES Accelerated Emergency Program is the solution for veterinarians who want to be confident in their management of emergency patients, enhance their current knowledge, or rapidly transition into emergency practice.

The AEP Program Outline

This 15-module, online program has been developed by experienced Animal Emergency Service staff veterinarians, including Members and Fellows of ANZCVS in Emergency and Critical Care for veterinarians.
Each week of the Accelerated program, an online learning emergency module – relevant and applicable to the everyday clinical setting and including diagnostic tools, current therapeutics, case-based assessments and patient management, is presented.

Study the weekly modules online, at your own pace and engage in follow-up live weekly tutorials – ask questions, assess your knowledge and get advice on complicated cases from experienced emergency clinicians. 
All tutorials are recorded for participants with busy schedules who may not be able to make each session.

Course Highlights

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Gain the confidence and
know-how to think and feel like
an Emergency Veterinarian!

Accelerated Emergency Program
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AES Accelerated Emergency Program Modules

Module 1: Blood Gas and Acid-base Analysis

  • Understand the indications and common reasons for performing acid-base and blood gas panels
  • Interpretation of acid-base and blood gas panels and identification of the primary and secondary disorders
  • Know the common causes of respiratory and metabolic derangements
  • Understand how to use blood gas analysis to assess a patients ability to oxygenate and ventilate

Module 2: Shock and Intravenous Fluids

  • Understand the different types of shock, fluid types and indications for use
  • Understand the difference between perfusion and hydration deficits and how to correct them
  • Understand the complications and potential risks of fluid therapy

Module 3: Electrolytes

  • Know the common causes and understand the management options for the frequently seen electrolyte emergencies

Module 4: Clinical Pathology and Focused Ultrasound

  • Be able to interpret the common changes in haematology and biochemistry panels in the emergent patient
  • Be able to perform and understand how to interpret a global FAST and lung ultrasound examinations

Module 5: Anaesthesia and Analgesia

  • Understand the pain pathways and where and how the different analgesic options have their effects
  • Implementation of multimodal analgesic plans for the critically patient
  • Design and implement safe anaesthetic protocols for emergency surgeries and manage hypotensive crisis

Module 6: Triage and CPR

  • Understand how to effectively triage multiple emergency patients at once, and what interventions and point of care tests can be performed in the first 5 minutes
  • Have a comprehensive knowledge of basic life support and the different types of compressions
  • Understand perfusion of the heart and brain and how CPR recommendations affect it
  • Understand the indications and dosage regimes for common medications administered during CPR
  • Identify shockable and non-shockable rhythms in order to know when defibrillation is indicated
  • Know which monitoring devices are useful and how to interpret results

Module 7: Haematological and Coagulopathy Emergencies

  • Understanding the pathophysiology and management principles of the common coagulopathic emergencies
  • Be able to investigate the anaemic patient and manage the common causes

Module 8: Cardiovascular Emergencies

  • Understand the physiology, assessment, diagnostic and treatment of congestive heart failure
  • How to grade and manage hypertensive crisis
  • Understand how blood pressure and volume is regulated and what is RAAS and how it is the key.

Module 9: Respiratory Emergencies

  • Review the pathophysiology and management of the common respiratory emergencies

Module 10: Urogenital Emergencies

  • Know the emergency management of hyperkalemia
  • Learn how to correctly diagnose and manage a uroabdomen
  • Learn how to manage a “blocked” male cat
  • Understand the physiology and treatment options for Acute Kidney Injury
  • Define troubleshoot and manage oliguria and anuria

Module 11: Ophthalmological Emergencies

  • Understand how to perform a proper ophthalmic examination
  • Also, be able to diagnose and treat the common ophthalmological emergencies using the most up to date recommendation. Including corneal ulcer/laceration, descemetocele, uveitis, glaucoma, and Horner’s syndrome

Module 12: Neurological Emergencies

  • Be able to perform a full neurological examination and be able to localise brain and spinal cord lesions
  • Understand the pathophysiology and management of the head trauma and refractory seizures patients

Module 13: Abdominal Emergencies

  • Understand the causes of an acute abdomen and differentiate those that require surgical or medical management
  • Learn how to effectively diagnose, understand the pathophysiology and manage the common abdominal emergencies including, but not limited to, pancreatitis, gastroenteritis, GDV, and hemoabdomen.

Module 14: Endocrine Emergencies

  • Understand the physiology, diagnostic investigation and management of the common endocrine emergencies including diabetic ketoacidosis, hypoadrenocorticism and hypoglycaemia/ Insulinoma

Module 15: Intoxications

  • Update on the current decontamination recommendations principles
  • Be able to manage the commonly seen intoxications encountered in emergency medicine

*Please note: Module order is subject to change

Includes a free 12 month subscription (worth AU $199) to Bite-Size CPD Online

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Course Tutors

Dr Amelia Allen
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Dr Amelia Allen

Dr Amelia Allen BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (Emergency and Critical Care) Dr Amelia Allen is an emergency Veterinarian in at our Underwood practice in Brisbane’s south-east. Amelia is driven by her passion for helping sick anima …

Dr Danielle Huston
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Dr Danielle Huston

Dr Danielle Huston BVSc (Hons) MVS (Small Animal Practice) MANZCVS (Emergency and Critical Care) Despite a life-long love for our furry friends, Veterinary Science wasn’t Dr Huston’s first dream. As a young chi …

Dr Emily Ireland

Dr Emily Ireland

Dr Emily Ireland BVSc MANZCVS (Emergency & Critical Care) Growing up with animals from a young age I always knew I wanted to be a vet – even from 6 years old! I spent a lot of my childhood on a beef cattle property a …

Dr Oriana Leong
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Dr Oriana Leong

Dr Oriana Leong BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (Emergency and Critical Care) Dr. Oriana Leong is an Emergency Veterinarian at the Gold Coast practice of the Animal Emergency Service. She discovered her passion for Emergency and Cri …

Dr Philomena Kwong
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Dr Philomena Kwong

Dr Philomena Kwong BVSc (Hons) MVS (Small Animal Practice) Dr Philomena Kwong is an emergency vet based at Animal Emergency Service in Underwood, just 30 minutes from Brisbane in Queensland. Having always gravitated to a …

Dr Sara West
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Dr Sara West

Dr Sara West BVSc1 Dr Sara has always had a love for animals and science, so a career in veterinary science was the perfect way to combine these two loves into a career. She graduated from a Veterinary technology degree …

Dr Vanessa Grose
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Dr Vanessa Grose

Dr Vanessa Grose BVSc Dr Vanessa Grose was schooled in Brisbane with school holidays spent on a sheep and cattle property near Dirranbandi. Animals have always been a huge part of her life. “We had a big hobby farm with …

Payment Options

AU $1,000 initial deposit to secure your place. The balance of fees must be paid a minimum of 30 days prior to program start.

All prices are inclusive of compulsory 10% GST

Full Payment Upfront (Total payable AU $3,850 incl GST)

All prices are inclusive of compulsory 10% GST

Payment Plan through VetEdPay* (AU $3,850 + $195 administration fee)

All prices are inclusive of compulsory 10% GST

*Please note: By selecting this option for payment you are connecting with VetEdPay, an external finance provider.

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When are the modules released?

The online modules are released Thursday of each week, with the follow-up live tutorial and Q&A for that module running one week later. Please see the modules section for more information.

What time is the tutorial for each module?

The tutorial is offered on a Thursday lunch time from 12.30 pm till 2.30pm. Please note all tutorial times are AEST/QLD time.

What is the weekly live tutorial about?

At the end of each module’s content there are a series of questions. These questions will be of short answer format and case-based around the module material. The two hour tutorial on ZOOM is a live virtual classroom where the answers will be reviewed and discussed. Additional materials may also be presented.

What if I can't attend the tutorial at that time?

All the ZOOM tutorials will be recorded and available on the learning platform within 24 hours of completion, for your viewing at a time that suits. However, we do strongly recommend attending and engaging in the live tutorials.

What is Zoom?

Zoom is a cloud-based meeting room. You will be sent a link to cut and paste into your browser to join your tutorial.

Do I need a ZOOM app for this?

There is an app you can download for ease of use, but you can also access the tutorial by going to, click on ‘Join a meeting’ and cut and paste the provided ZOOM meeting link into meeting ID.

Are there any special internet or computer requirements to be able to run ZOOM?

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