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(Hons class 1) MVS (Small Animal Practice) MANZCVSc (Emergency and Critical Care)

Gerardo is an Emergency Veterinary Surgeon and Company Director at Animal Emergency Service, Australia, in the field of emergency and critical care. AES has four clinics throughout Queensland, Australia with a new state-of-the-art clinic due to open in 2017 – Gerardo is heading up the project of designing the new clinic where he will mentor a new team of veterinarians with a passion for Emergency & Critical Care.

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The MiniVet Guide is a small easily portable booklet containing what you need to know to get you through everyday presentations. It is designed to help students through their final year of rotations as well as aid new graduates through their first years of clinical practice.

The MiniVet Guide contains information about common presenting conditions in a simple and concise format. From treating a straightforward case of gastroenteritis to working through a complex Addisonian crisis, the MiniVet Guide has it covered.

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December 12, 2017

Christmas Dangers!

Christmas can be a very busy time for veterinary clinics; here are a list of common intoxications and conditions to keep an eye out on during this festive period. Chocolate There are numerous online calculators to determine whether a toxic dose has been consumed – they are a great place to start I always perform emesis in patients that have ingested chocolate even hours after ingestion as often large amounts can reside in the stomach Remember that cardiac arrhythmias can also occur in clinically normal looking patients so perform an ECG The toxic components can be reabsorbed through the bladder […]
November 15, 2017

PCV/TP – How To Get The Most Out of This Simple Test

The packed cell volume (PCV) and total protein (TP) is a simple yet informative laboratory test, but one that is often misinterpreted or under-utilised. It is important to remember that all test results need to be interpreted in the light of the patient’s history, presenting clinical signs and general physical examination findings. Below is a table of the various changes that can be found on a PCV/TP and the possible causes of these changes. Many of the differentials can be include or excluded based on the history, clinical signs and examination findings. I would like to highlight some common misconceptions […]
September 27, 2017

GDV: The Recovery

Postoperatively, gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) patients remain in our intensive care unit for at least two to three days. Monitoring includes standard general physical examination parameters, invasive arterial blood pressures, ECG, urine output via urinary catheter and pain scoring. I repeat PCV/total protein, lactate, blood gas and activated clotting times (ACT) immediately postoperatively and then every 8-12 hours, depending on abnormalities and patient progress. I always repeat these blood tests postoperatively, as IV fluids given during the resuscitation and intraoperative period often cause derangements. I use the results to guide my fluid therapy, but also take it with a grain of salt. […]