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4 December 2020 09:00 - 29 January 2021 17:00

Learn online: Festive emergencies

Online , Online , Gloucester Gloucestershire, GL2 2AB

Festive Emergencies

Start date:  
Friday 4th December 2020
  Helen Wilson
BSAVA Member £120 Inc VAT; Non Member £180 Inc VAT

The Christmas period can be stressful and challenging both for pets and vets. Pets may encounter certain hazards and stressful situations more frequently than at other times of the year. Vets who do not normally see emergency cases may find themselves covering bank holidays and out of shift hours.
The purpose of this course is to cover the diagnosis and management of some of the common emergency cases seen during the festive season.

Online activities (including quizzes and case studies) will support your learning and discussions on the online forum will be encouraged. We also provide additional resources to complement the course - the ‘BSAVA Bonus Bits’. These will include congress podcast recordings, JSAP and companion articles as well as a free chapter from the relevant BSAVA Manual (as well as a discount voucher for purchasing the whole book).

The first weekly unit will be released on the First Friday of the month, with the next weekly units being released on the following two Fridays. The discussion forum is open for the first three weeks of the course and the course content will remain available for a total of 8 weeks. You can complete the work how and when you choose over these 8 weeks.

Weekly units

1.   They ate too much
2.   They ate the wrong thing
3.   The stress of the season... for them and for us

Overall intended learning outcomes

  • Become confident in the emergency approach to vomiting, acute pancreatitis and Haemorragic gastroenteritis
  • Become confident in dealing with foreign bodies and toxins commonly seen over the festive period
  • Understand the diagnosis and treatment of Blocked cats and GDVs
  • Understand the management of enviromental emergencies such as electrocution and strangulation

    Tutor: Helen Wilson

    Helen graduated from Bristol University in 2007 and initially worked as a small animal vet in a first opinion practice, before undertaking a rotating internship followed by a residency in Emergency and Critical Care at the Royal Veterinary College. She has been a board-certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care since 2012 and of the European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care since its creation in 2015. She is actively involved in the pursuits of both of these Specialty Colleges. She has also been an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care since 2016.

    Helen led the Emergency and Critical Care service at a large private referral centre between 2012 and 2019. In 2019 she returned to Bristol University, where she is now working as a Senior Clinician in the Emergency and Critical Care service at Langford Vets Small Animal Referral Hospital.  

    Helen is interested in all aspects of teaching and learning within the field of emergency medicine and in 2019 she completed a postgraduate certificate in veterinary education, to become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

    She enjoys engaging with vets and nurses through CPD and has been involved in the BSAVA Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care since its inception in 2014. She currently teaches two modules on emergency respiratory medicine on the course.

    Helen’s areas of particular clinical interest are mechanical ventilation, trauma and toxicology.  

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    Terms and Conditions: All courses must be paid for in full at the time of booking.

    To qualify for an applicable refund, cancellations must emailed to or requested by telephone on 01452 726700. With over 30 days’ notice we will refund 70% of the course fee.  With between 15-30 days’ notice we will refund 50% of the course fee.  No refunds will be provided for cancellations with notice of 14 days or less, however if we are able to resell your place on the course we will provide a full refund.

    BSAVA reserves the right to alter the programme or the speaker should this become necessary due to unavoidable circumstances.  BSAVA reserves the right to cancel a course due to unforeseen circumstances.  Registrants should note that the BSAVA member's rate applies only when the person attending the course is a member of the Association.  To qualify for the reduced member's rate for courses, non-members must join BSAVA prior to the course.

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