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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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September 14, 2017

GDV: The Surgery

Part Three: Surgery Tips  Recently in my GDV blog series, I discussed releasing the pressure and decompression, this time I want to focus on surgery. Abdominal Incision: Make the abdominal incision large – from the xipoid to the pubis. You cannot perform a proper exploratory laparotomy without proper visualisation. Additionally, when it comes time to re-rotate the spleen, you will need all the space you can get. Remove the falciform fat to help improve exposure. Derotation: The degree of rotation is variable from 90 to 360 degrees, so not all GDV surgeries will be the same. If the omentum is […]
September 6, 2017

GDV: Releasing The Pressure

Part Three: Gastric Decompression  Last week we covered IV fluid resuscitation and pain relief. This week we will go into more detail about gastric decompression. There are two ways that gastric decompression can be achieved: 1) Trocarisation 2) Stomach tube (orogastric tube) placement The decision on which method to use depends on many factors: personal preferences, past experiences and clinical protocols to name a few. So, which one is the best? A recent retrospective analysis of 116 gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV) patients by Goodrich et al. (2013) found that both methods of gastric decompression had low complication and high success […]
August 30, 2017

GDV: Resuscitation

Part Two: Resuscitation Recently we covered a bit of pathophysiology, presenting clinical signs and the radiographic diagnosis of gastric dilation and volvulus (GDV). Now we cover the three things you need to do as soon as a suspected patient is presented. As discussed, you can often make a presumptive diagnosis without radiographs based on supportive presenting clinical signs and signalment. IV fluid resuscitation Decompression the stomach Pain relief Depending on the number of staff you have available, all of these can be performed simultaneously. If not, follow the above order as shock is the most imminent problem. Fluid resuscitation is relatively […]