Nurses Certificate in Anaesthesia

NCert (Anaesth)

Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia have advanced significantly during recent years.

The Nurses Certificate in Anaesthesia programme will review the latest anaesthetic and monitoring equipment, the selection of key anaesthetic and analgesic agents, techniques for safe anaesthesia and effective analgesia in dogs, cats, equines and exotics. The programme will help you increase your confidence in this vital area of veterinary nursing.

Your journey through our Certificate programme

Timings, assessment and learning support

The individual courses are held within a face to face training envrionment, giving you the opportunity to meet like-minded people and share experiences.

You can start on a Nurse Certificate programme at any time in the year and choose to study over a period of up to three years towards the exam or opt to attend the individual modules. If you are working towards the Certificate, a final multiple choice exam is held each November. In order to sit the exam you need to attend all taught modules and register for the exam with ESVPS.

Our programmes take place in Alexandra House, Swindon enabling us to provide you with exceptional facilities. This location offers comfortable training rooms for theoretical taught lectures. A buffet lunch is included in each module along with refreshment breaks.

Course timings:

09.00    Registration

09.30    Course Starts

17.00    Course Finishes

The Anaesthetic Machine and Monitoring Equipment

Module Information

The anaesthetic machine is an essential tool for inhalation anaesthesia. A good working knowledge of both the machine and breathing circuit is essential to ensure the safety of the patient.

This course will cover the different types of machines available and will review available breathing circuits. The range of monitoring equipment in veterinary practice has increased significantly over the last few years and the latest thinking on this topic will be presented.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the anaesthetic machine
  • Know how anaesthetic breathing circuits work and how to choose them
  • Understand the use of low flow anaesthesia with circle circuits
  • Be able to fill in the anaesthetic record correctly
  • Have an overview from basic through to advanced monitoring
  • Understand equipment - how it works and what to choose
  • Be able to anticipate potential problems and avoid pitfalls
  • Adopt minimal monitoring in ‘general practice’
  • Have an overview of ventilators and artificial ventilation

When

Where

Speaker

28 Sep 2017 (9:00-17:00) Swindon Emma Love
17 Jan 2018 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield Emma Love

Pre-anaesthetic Assessment and pre-medication. Intravenous and inhalant anaesthetics

Module Information

This course will cover how to assess the patient before anaesthesia and the different drugs available for pre-medication. General anaesthesia may be induced by injectable drugs or inhalational agents. These will be reviewed along with methods of maintaining anaesthesia.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • The role of pre-anaesthetic assessment
  • Understand the reasons and ways to use pre-medication and sedation
  • Have an overview of injectable anaesthetics
  • Have an overview of the inhalation anaesthetics
  • Be able to review the principles and practical use of the newer agents



When

Where

Speaker

29 Sep 2017 (9:00-17:00) Swindon Emma Love
18 Jan 2018 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield Emma Love

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Accidents and Emergencies

Module Information

The causes of cardiopulmonary arrest (CPA) will be covered as will how to recognise ‘at risk’ patients. The aim of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is to support ventilation and circulation until natural functions can be restored and maintained. Equipment and resources needed for CPR will be included and a step-by-step ‘how’ to’ guide.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to identify common complications in anaesthesia
  • Know the causes, identify and the treatment of arrest
  • A practical step-by-step guide as to how to manage an arrest, basic CPCR, ventilation and artificial circulation


When

Where

Speaker

9 Jan 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Pamela Murison
8 Mar 2018 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield Pamela Murison

Anaesthesia of Equine and Exotics Species

Module Information

There are naturally some important differences when planning anaesthesia in both equine and exotic species. This module will cover the different drugs and techniques available for both the horse and also common ‘exotic’ species.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Have an overview of equine anaesthesia: the horse as an anaesthetic candidate
  • Understand drugs and anaesthetic techniques including monitoring and complications in equine anaesthesia
  • Know of special considerations, techniques and advice for anaesthesia in other species including: birds, reptiles, ferrets, rabbits and other small mammals
  • Have an awareness of some considerations specific to farm animal anaesthesia


When

Where

Speaker

10 Jan 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Pamela Murison
9 Mar 2018 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield Pamela Murison

Fluid Therapy in the Perioperative Period. Nutrition in Critical Care

Module Information

Fluid therapy is often seen as complicated by both nurses and vets. This module aims to demystify the subject and explain the reasons why every nurse should understand the basics of fluid balance, fluid therapy and fluid administration.

How to calculate fluid requirements, rates of administration and monitoring techniques will be covered. Nutritional support for the anaesthetised patient will also be included.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Know about the types and uses of different fluids, including colloids, HBOCS
  • Be able to devise a fluid therapy plan and monitor patients
  • Understand the principles of transfusion medicine
  • The importance of nutrition in the critical patient

When

Where

Speaker

8 Mar 2018 (9:00-17:00) Swindon Nicola Grint
31 May 2018 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield TBC

Analgesia and Pain Assessment

Module Information

This course will cover the pathophysiology of pain and how to recognise and assess pain in the different species.

The different types of drugs available for analgesia will be reviewed for short, medium and long term use. The concept of pre-emptive analgesia will be covered along with multi-modal analgesia.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Have an overview of the pathophysiology of pain
  • Recognise pain in different species
  • Have an understanding of pain scoring
  • Understand the many analgesia options, including opioids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, local anaesthesia and other agents (e.g. ketamine) and alpha 2 agonists
  • Local blocks and epidurals
  • Know how to use constant rate infusions
  • Consider long term pain management and chronic pain
  • Be aware of adjuncts to pain control, new and novel drugs

When

Where

Speaker

9 Mar 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Nicola Grint
1 Jun 2018 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield TBC

Anaesthetic Considerations for Specific Conditions I

Module Information

Certain conditions require the anaesthetist to employ different techniques from those routinely used. The use of neuromuscular blocking agents will be covered in this course as well as planning anaesthesia for thoracic surgery, head and neck surgery, patients with cardiopulmonary disease and those with neurological problems.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Know about muscle relaxants - indications, current use, new drugs and monitoring
  • How to plan an anaesthetic for:
    • Thoracic surgery
    • Head and neck surgery
    • Patients with cardiopulmonary disease
    • Patients with neurological disease

When

Where

Speaker

7 Jun 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Nicola Grint
19 Jul 2018 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield TBC

Anaesthetic Considerations for Specific Conditions II

Module Information

This course will cover how to plan an anaesthetic for both the patient undergoing a caesarean operation, the paediatric and geriatric patient. In addition, considerations for anaesthesia for patients with renal or liver failure and for particular endocrinopathies will be discussed. All of these situations place particular demands on the anaesthetist and the importance of patient assessment, drug selection, induction/maintenance techniques and monitoring will be covered.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Plan an anaesthetic for Caesarean section
  • Be able to plan an anaesthetic for paediatric patients
  • Understand anaesthesia for patients with kidney, liver disease and endocrinopathies

When

Where

Speaker

8 Jun 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Nicola Grint
20 Jul 2018 (9:30-17:00) Sheffield TBC

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  1. A non-refundable initial payment of £150.00 is due on registration in order to secure the booking. This can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.
  2. The remaining amount is payable 60 days prior to the course commencing.
  3. Direct debit plans are administered and collected on our behalf by Animal Healthcare Limited.
  4. If you want to enrol for the exam there is a £250 (no VAT) payable to the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS).
  5. Individual and paired module pricing does not include the exam fees payable to ESVPS.
  6. Please contact us for pricing relating to corporate veterinary groups and multiple booking discounts.

Registration Information

  1. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first served basis.
  2. Where all available places are full, applicants will be offered first refusal for the next available date.
  3. Improve International reserves the right to close the intake early if the number of applications received exceeds the number of available places.
  4. In order to secure a place you must pay an initial payment – details of which can be found above.
  5. Confirmation and enrolment details will then be sent to applicants once we have received a completed application form.
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