Medical Nursing

Online Learning Programme

Veterinary medicine has advanced significantly during recent years

This programme has been designed to provide Veterinary Nurses, Technicians and Veterinary Paraprofessionals with the opportunity to access relevant and up to date knowledge of small animal nursing of medical cases and to use this knowledge to improve the treatment given to canine and feline patients in practice.

The certificate programme will:

  • Enhance your clinical skills and knowledge
  • Increase your confidence and job satisfaction
  • Enable you to gain an achievable and recognised ISVPS qualification

Key features of this programme:

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8 varied modules

Covering key nursing topics in medical nursing delivered over 8 months (one module released every other month) 

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Support and guidance from a Module Tutor who is a specialist in internal medicine

The specialist in the subject area will provide online support during each module and will be available to answer all your questions 

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Multiple learning processes

Presentations, written notes, interactive quizzes, multiple choice question writing and exercises which test your knowledge as you work 

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Discussion forum

A discussion forum for conversation, debate and sharing cases with your peers and Module Tutors

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Interactive and engaging modules

Which allow you to absorb the learning materials in an online environment

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100% online

Giving you access 24/7 wherever you are

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Regular assessments

Pre-module and post-module assessments encourage you to reflect on your learning and evaluate your progress

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Dedicated Programme Coordinator

A dedicated Programme Coordinator who will support you every step of the way

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Four sessions per month

Each module consists of four sessions spread over one month. Sessions comprise separate lessons to work through at your own pace. The fourth week of the month will provide reflective sessions and during the months when the module is not running, training in study skills and revision materials will be provided

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Nurse study skills area

Additional learning on topics such as academic writing, reflection and revision techniques.

Programme Details:

Modules summary
  1. Anaesthesia
  2. Analgesia
  3. Principles – The Clinic
  4. Principles – The Patient
  5. Imaging
  6. Oncology
  7. Body Systems
  8. Medical Pharmacology
Benefits

Benefits for you:

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Achieve a qualification to help you progress your career

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Increase your skills, knowledge and confidence in dealing with more complex cases 

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Demonstrate your ambition and commitment to professional
self-improvement
 

Benefits for your clients:

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Improved animal care and welfare 

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Increase in nursing clinic options 

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Reassurance that their pet is in safe hands 

Benefits for your practice:

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Increased practice revenues
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Improved productivity
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Transferable knowledge and skills within practice 

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Enhanced opportunity for interprofessional sharing of best practice 

Why study with us?
  • Established in 1998 by a group of veterinary surgeons providing the highest quality training programmes
  • Now operating in 20 countries worldwide and various locations in the UK
  • Originators of modular CPD for veterinary professionals and still a company which is run by vets
  • More than 20,000 veterinarians and 600 Veterinary Nurses and Technicians have benefited from our modular training
  • We use world-class speakers to deliver the academic syllabus whilst ensuring content is relevant to practice
  • Our practical training facilities are purpose-built and contain the latest technology
  • Postgraduate programmes accredited by the International School of Veterinary Studies (ISVPS)

Tutors:

Abby Caine

VetMB BA CertVDI DipECVDI MRCVS
Laura Jones (Nee Rosewell)

Laura Jones (Nee Rosewell)

BSc(Hons) DipAVN(Small Animal) ISFMDipFN VTS(SAIM) RVN
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Nicola Grint

BVSc PhD CertVA DVA DiplECVAA MRCVS
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Owen Davies

MA VetMB MVetMed MANZCVS(SAM) DACVIM(Oncology) MRCVS RCVS & American Specialist in Veterinary Oncology
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Paula Diana Valienta

DVM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
Anaesthesia
1 Jul 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives

At the end of the module delegate should be able to:

  • Review acid/base balance, the practical application of blood products and explain when different fluid replacement options should be used. Demonstrate the ability to perform all types of fluid administration calculations.
  • Explain the importance of client consent forms, patient anaesthesia records and be able to complete both correctly.
  • Obtain knowledge of basic through to advanced patient monitoring and the pros and cons of multi-parameter monitoring for specific cases. Describe and explain abnormal capnography and pulse oximetry waveforms and suggest options to improve them.
  • Understand the use of different pre-anaesthetic medication, induction and maintenance agents, explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each in specific cases.
  • Identify different types of endotracheal tubes and their use explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each. Demonstrate the skill of intubating easy & more difficult patients


Speaker: Nicola Grint BVSc PhD CertVA DVA DiplECVAA MRCVS
Analgesia
1 Sep 2022 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

At the end of the modules delegates should be able to :

  • Appreciate the pathophysiology of pain and be able to identify pain in different species using pain scoring methods.
  • Explain the different classes of analgesia, including opioids, NSAIDs, local anaesthetics and other agents and their pharmacology and appreciate their different delivery methods for specific patients using the multi-modal approach.
  • Pre-emptive analgesia theory and practical approaches to achieving it
  • Outline the use of analgesia in medical patients for chronic and palliative use.
  • Describe appropriate analgesic agents for the use of CRI, when and how these should be used/monitored and be able to perform a CRI calculation.
  • Demonstrate different intravenous catheterisation techniques including central venous catheterisation.
  • Be able to place a central venous line

Speaker: Nicola Grint BVSc PhD CertVA DVA DiplECVAA MRCVS
Principles- The Clinic
1 Nov 2022 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

At the end of the module delegates should be able to;

  • Discuss how hospital layout affects the running of a clinic in relation to infection control and the importance of specific patient areas on patient recovery.
  • Understand how hospital acquired infections are obtained and spread, as well as the different types of infection.
  • Distinguish between the terms of disinfection and sterilization and how these techniques are implemented within the hospital setting.
  • Gain knowledge of the importance of the appropriate selection and use of medical equipment for specific diagnostic procedures and patient monitoring.
  • Explain how to store, maintain and prepare the above equipment.
  • Appreciate the importance of hospital Health & Safety.
  • Be able to identify potential risks and hazards within the medical setting and have the knowledge of how to reduce these risks.

Speaker: Laura Jones (Nee Rosewell) BSc(Hons) DipAVN(Small Animal) ISFMDipFN VTS(SAIM) RVN
Principles - The Patient
1 Jan 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

At the end of the module delegates should be able to;

  • Discuss the importance of daily patient assessment and record keeping of the medical patient via charting systems. Be able to outline physical examination techniques and explain their relevance.
  • Outline the importance of the specific nursing requirements of inpatients with specific pathophysiology and life stage. Be able to explain the importance of nursing care plans and their use.
  • Obtain knowledge of the role of nutrition in the medical patient, identifying the advantages and disadvantages of both enteral and parenteral administration and how to manage these cases within the clinic.
  • Select the appropriate patient preparation technique and positioning required for specific medical procedures.
  • Identify medical diseases and procedures that result in an outpatient assessment and the significance of outpatient monitoring.
  • Become familiar with identifying medical complications and consolidate your knowledge of how to minimise them.
  • Explain the set up and maintenance of endoscopes and when they are most useful as part of a diagnostic work-up
  • Appreciate the importance of clinical governance & client communication within the veterinary clinic.

Speaker: Laura Jones (Nee Rosewell) BSc(Hons) DipAVN(Small Animal) ISFMDipFN VTS(SAIM) RVN
Imaging
1 Mar 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

At the end of the module delegates should be able to;

  • Explain the different radiographic techniques available, their pros and cons and uses in specific situations
  • Evaluate radiographic image quality to ensure diagnostic radiographs are available for interpretation and improve your basic film reading, identifying radiographic artefacts and faults.
  • Revise contrast studies, becoming familiar with their use and the specific equipment required to perform them
  • Understand the principles of ultrasound imaging and be familiar with how to set up and maintain the ultrasound machine and probes
  • Identify specific equipment and materials required for ultrasound-guided procedures
  • Employ the principles of FAST scanning to triage emergency cases
  • Review advanced imaging (CT/MRI and scintigraphy) and their uses in diagnosis and monitoring medical cases

Speaker: Abby Caine VetMB BA CertVDI DipECVDI MRCVS
Oncology
1 May 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

At the end of the modules delegates should be able to;

    • Discuss the biology of cancer and paraneoplastic disease
    • Describe the principles, challenges and ethics of cancer treatment in dogs and cats
    • Outline the options for local management of tumours including surgery and radiation therapy
    • Explain how systemic management of tumours can be achieved through chemotherapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapy
    • Select appropriate diagnostic methods for the investigation and management of: Lymphoma; mast cell tumours; bone tumours; splenic tumours; oral tumours and selected other common tumours
    • Familiarise yourself with specific feline tumours
    • Identify and understand oncological emergencies
    • Evaluate the unique challenges of starting an oncology clinic – practicalities of administering chemotherapy and management of clients
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the significance of drug safety, staff and owner protection
    • Includes a practical session of oncological cytology

Speaker: Owen Davies MA VetMB MVetMed MANZCVS(SAM) DACVIM(Oncology) MRCVS RCVS & American Specialist in Veterinary Oncology
Medical Pharmacology
1 Sep 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

At the end of the module delegates should be able to;

    • Appreciate the challenges involved in getting the best out of laboratory tests including sampling methods and test selection
    • Describe a general approach to all poisoning cases including what resources are available, what diagnostic tests may help and how to treat common toxicities
    • Discuss rational drug use– consider how we protect antibiotic use, other considerations in therapeutic trials in medicine cases and monitoring for side effects
    • Consider traditional UK infectious diseases – how they are diagnosed, managed and treatment options
    • Become familiar with infectious diseases new to the UK and discuss the challenges in diagnosis and treatment of these conditions
    • Describe how antibody testing can be useful in vaccination protocols
    • Be familiar with WSAVA vaccination guidelines

Speaker: To be confirmed.

Extend your knowledge, skills and work towards an achievable qualification

Our Online Learning NCert/VTCert/VPPCert Programmes offer you structured learning and enable you to access training whilst working around your busy practice life. You can choose to gain new knowledge and skills to take back to practice or you can work towards an achievable qualification. You will be required to indicate at the time of booking which certificate you think you are eligible for.

NCert/ VTCert: Requirements for Certificate registration

The following may be eligible to enrol on to the programme:

  • Qualified RVNs/VNs who have attended formal training and have a qualification in veterinary nursing which can be supported with a certificate or their RCVS number. RVCS number or qualification certificate to be uploaded at registration
  • Veterinary technicians who have attended formal training and have a Veterinary Technicians qualification which can be supported with a certificate. Certificate to be uploaded at registration
  • All applicants must be working in a veterinary practice or be able to have access to a veterinary practice in order to be able to complete the written assessment (for example, you may need to ensure that this applies if you are a qualified veterinary nurse or technician working in the veterinary industry)
  • Delegates can start the programme as soon as they have graduated/qualified and will be eligible for examination and assessment on completion of the programme
  • In order to register for the certificate assessments, all delegates must have completed all modules of the programme
  • Examination candidates must complete and pass the below:
    • Written assessment (clinical audit)
    • 25 MCQ exam
    • An Online applied knowledge examination (this is an applied theory interactive examination, which is taken online and is not a demonstration of skill competency)
  • Successful candidates will receive a printed certificate, be included on ISVPS register of NCert/VTCert holders and be permitted to use the post-nominals associated with the certificate.

Please note that all eligibility is reviewed and cannot be guaranteed.

VPPCert: registration requirements

UK applicants

The following may be eligible to enrol on to the programme:

  • Veterinary Nurses who have not attended formal training and therefore do not have a supporting certificate but have been working in practice in a Veterinary Nurse/Technician role for at least 2 years prior to the programme start date
  • All delegates must be working in veterinary practice/clinical setting for the duration of the programme and certificate completion (in order to be able to complete the written assessment)
  • All 3 of the eligibility documents below to be uploaded:
        • a recent CV*(this should demonstrate that you have been working within a veterinary practice for at least 2 years prior to the programme start date)
        • a signed letter from your employer stating that you are working in a veterinary practice in a nursing/technician role*
        • a self-statement letter explaining your nursing experience and the relevance of taking the programme to your career*

Applicants who are not formally trained Veterinary Nurses/Technicians, such as laboratory research assistants, may apply but must provide all three of the support documents listed above.*

  • In order to register for the certificate assessments, all delegates must have completed all modules of the training programme
  • Examination candidates must complete and pass the following:
    • Written assessment (clinical audit)
    • 25 MCQ exam
    • An Online applied knowledge examination (this is an applied theory interactive examination, which is taken online and is not a demonstration of skill competency)
  • Successful candidates will receive a printed certificate, be included on ISVPS register of VPP certificate holders and be permitted to use the post-nominals associated with the certificate

 

*Please note that all eligibility is reviewed and cannot be guaranteed. 

 

Non-UK applicants

The following may be eligible to enrol on to the programme:

  • All applicants must have been working in a veterinary practice/clinical setting for at least 2 years prior to starting the Programme
  • All applicants must be working in a veterinary practice/ clinical setting for the duration of the programme and certificate completion (to be able to complete the written assessment).*
  • All 3 of the eligibility documents below to be uploaded:                       
        • a recent CV*(this should demonstrate that you have been working within a veterinary practice for at least 2 years prior to the programme start date)
        • a signed letter from your employer stating that you are working in a veterinary practice in a nursing/technician role*
        • a self-statement letter explaining your nursing experience and the relevance of taking the programme to your career*

Applicants who are not formally trained Veterinary Nurses/Technicians, such as laboratory research assistants, may apply but must provide all three of the support documents listed above.*

  • In order to register for the certificate assessments, all delegates must have completed all modules of the training programme
  • Examination candidates must complete and pass the following:
    • Written assessment (clinical audit)
    • 25 MCQ exam
    • 10 station practical spot test (this is an applied theory interactive examination, which is taken online and is not a demonstration of skill competency)
  • Successful candidates will receive a printed certificate, be included on ISVPS register of VPP certificate holders and be permitted to use the post-nominals associated with the certificate

 

*Please note that all eligibility is reviewed and cannot be guaranteed. 

 

Please note that all written assessments and examinations are to be completed in English

Medical Nursing Online Learning Pricing

Payment Option Initial
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NCert/VTCert/VPPCert Programme £295.00£2,000.00£2,295.00
NCert/VTCert/VPPCert Programme 12 monthly payments£295.00£178.00 x 12 payments£2,431.00
All NCert programme prices are based on you completing the programme and include ISVPS registration and examination fees.

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Medical Nursing Online Learning
1 Jul 2022 – 30 Sep 2023
Nicola Grint, Rory Bell, Laura Jones (Nee Rosewell), Owen Davies, Abby Caine, Paula Diana Valienta
NCert / VTCert and VPPCert
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