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Nurses Certificate in Anaesthesia

NCert (Anaesth)

Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia have advanced significantly during recent years.

The Nurses’ Certificate (NCert) in Anaesthesia Programme aims to increase confidence in this important area of veterinary nursing. It is possible to study for the NCert through a Consolidated Learning Programme, which enables students to access the entire Anaesthesia programme in just three months and take learnings more quickly back to practice.

During the year’s programme, lecture-based and practical sessions will review:

  • the latest anaesthetic and monitoring equipment
  • the selection of key anaesthetic and analgesic agents
  • techniques for safe anaesthesia
  • effective analgesia in dogs, cats, equines and exotics

Your journey through our Certificate programme

Timings, assessment and learning support

The individual courses are held within a face to face training environment, 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 one to three years towards the exam or opt to attend the individual modules. If you are working towards the Certificate, you will need to attend all taught modules and register for the exam with ISVPS, which is a multiple-choice examination.

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.

Access Requirements:

If you would like to attain the NCert, you must have been in practice for a minimum of one year and be a Registered Veterinary Nurse, or equivalent if you are not practising in the UK. 

You can attend the modules if you are a student, or not in practice and enrolled with the RCVS; however, you will not be able to attain the NCert qualification.

Course timings:

09.00    Registration
09.30    Course Starts
17.00    Course Finishes

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 2 September 2020

Nurses Certificate in Anaesthesia
2 Sep 2020
25 Jun 2021
p
8 Day Course
Swindon
Emma Love, Nicola Grint, Pamela Murison
£2,495.00 + VAT

Venue: Sheffield
Start date: 26 October 2020

Nurses Certificate in Anaesthesia
26 Oct 2020
2 Jul 2021
p
8 Day Course
Sheffield
Georgina Beaumont, Nicola Grint, Pamela Murison
£2,495.00 + VAT

Route to a Nurses Certificate

 

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) some examples

 

In Partnership with


What do our customers think of our training?

The course was fantastic, the speakers were great, full of knowledge and used a variety of teaching and learning aids. I have developed new skills, techniques and become more confident in taking these back to use in practice straight away, thus helping with patient anaesthesia and pain relief. Read more... Georgina Little

RVN NCert(A&CC)

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 2 September 2020

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Accidents and Emergencies
5 Jan 2021 | Swindon

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

Speaker: Pamela Murison BVMS CertVA,DipECVAA,DVA,PhD MRCVS
Anaesthesia of Equine and Exotics Species
6 Jan 2021 | Swindon

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

Speaker: Pamela Murison BVMS CertVA,DipECVAA,DVA,PhD MRCVS
Fluid Therapy in the Perioperative Period. Nutrition in Critical Care
4 Mar 2021 | Online

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

Speaker: Nicola Grint BVSc PhD CertVA DVA DiplECVAA MRCVS
Analgesia and Pain Assessment
5 Mar 2021 | Online

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

Speaker: Nicola Grint BVSc PhD CertVA DVA DiplECVAA MRCVS
Anaesthetic Considerations for Specific Conditions I
17 Jun 2021 | Online

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

Speaker: Nicola Grint BVSc PhD CertVA DVA DiplECVAA MRCVS
Anaesthetic Considerations for Specific Conditions II
18 Jun 2021 | Online

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

Speaker: Nicola Grint BVSc PhD CertVA DVA DiplECVAA MRCVS

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 2 September 2020

Nurses Certificate in Anaesthesia
2 Sep 2020
25 Jun 2021
p
8 Day Course
Swindon
Emma Love, Nicola Grint, Pamela Murison
£2,495.00 + VAT

Venue: Sheffield
Start date: 26 October 2020

The Anaesthetic Machine and Monitoring Equipment
26 Oct 2020 | Sheffield

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


Speaker: Georgina Beaumont BVSc(Hons) MANZCVSc(VA&CC) MRCVS
Pre-anaesthetic Assessment and Pre-medication. Intravenous and Inhalant Anaesthetics
27 Oct 2020 | Sheffield

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

Speaker: Georgina Beaumont BVSc(Hons) MANZCVSc(VA&CC) MRCVS
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Accidents and Emergencies
11 Jan 2021 | Sheffield

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

Speaker: Pamela Murison BVMS CertVA,DipECVAA,DVA,PhD MRCVS
Anaesthesia of Equine and Exotics Species
12 Jan 2021 | Sheffield

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

Speaker: Pamela Murison BVMS CertVA,DipECVAA,DVA,PhD MRCVS
Fluid Therapy in the Perioperative Period. Nutrition in Critical Care
11 Mar 2021 | Online

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

Speaker: Nicola Grint BVSc PhD CertVA DVA DiplECVAA MRCVS
Analgesia and Pain Assessment
12 Mar 2021 | Online

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

Speaker: Nicola Grint BVSc PhD CertVA DVA DiplECVAA MRCVS
Anaesthetic Considerations for Specific Conditions I
1 Jul 2021 | Online

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


Speaker: Nicola Grint BVSc PhD CertVA DVA DiplECVAA MRCVS
Anaesthetic Considerations for Specific Conditions II
2 Jul 2021 | Online

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


Speaker: Nicola Grint BVSc PhD CertVA DVA DiplECVAA MRCVS

Venue: Sheffield
Start date: 26 October 2020

Nurses Certificate in Anaesthesia
26 Oct 2020
2 Jul 2021
p
8 Day Course
Sheffield
Georgina Beaumont, Nicola Grint, Pamela Murison
£2,495.00 + VAT

Nurses Certificate in Anaesthesia Pricing

Payments Initial
Payment
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Payment Options All prices exclude VAT
NCert Programme £2,495.00 £0.00 £2,495.00
NCert Programme (Deposit and Payment in Full) £2,200.00 £295.00 £2,495.00
NCert Programme (Direct debit in 12 Monthly payments) £195.00 £295.00 £2,635.00

All NCert programme prices are based on you completing the programme and include ISVPS registration and examination fees.
* If taking the paired modules, there is an additional registration and examination charge, payable to ISVPS, if you wish to eventually complete all the modules and gain the NCert.

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  1. Payments can be made by BACS, credit card or Direct Debit.
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  3. In certain circumstances, multiple booking and corporate discounts are available, please contact us on 01793 759159 for further information.
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  5. In addition, if paying by direct debit, we must receive the completed mandate prior to course commencement.
  6. Paired module pricing does not include the exam fees payable to ISVPS.
  7. Full details regarding the course cancellation procedure can be found here: https://www.improveinternational.com/uk/terms-and-conditions/
  8. We will charge VAT by default if you are part of an EU country outside of the UK. However, if you can supply a valid intra-community VAT number the invoice will be exempt from VAT.

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 2 September 2020

Nurses Certificate in Anaesthesia
2 Sep 2020
25 Jun 2021
p
8 Day Course
Swindon
Emma Love, Nicola Grint, Pamela Murison
£2,495.00 + VAT

Venue: Sheffield
Start date: 26 October 2020

Nurses Certificate in Anaesthesia
26 Oct 2020
2 Jul 2021
p
8 Day Course
Sheffield
Georgina Beaumont, Nicola Grint, Pamela Murison
£2,495.00 + VAT

Route to a Nurses Certificate

 

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) some examples

 

In Partnership with


What do our customers think of our training?

The course was fantastic, the speakers were great, full of knowledge and used a variety of teaching and learning aids. I have developed new skills, techniques and become more confident in taking these back to use in practice straight away, thus helping with patient anaesthesia and pain relief. Read more... Georgina Little

RVN NCert(A&CC)

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 2 September 2020

Nurses Certificate in Anaesthesia
2 Sep 2020
25 Jun 2021
p
8 Day Course
Swindon
Emma Love, Nicola Grint, Pamela Murison
£2,495.00 + VAT

Venue: Sheffield
Start date: 26 October 2020

Nurses Certificate in Anaesthesia
26 Oct 2020
2 Jul 2021
p
8 Day Course
Sheffield
Georgina Beaumont, Nicola Grint, Pamela Murison
£2,495.00 + VAT

Route to a Nurses Certificate

 

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) some examples

 

In Partnership with


What do our customers think of our training?

The course was fantastic, the speakers were great, full of knowledge and used a variety of teaching and learning aids. I have developed new skills, techniques and become more confident in taking these back to use in practice straight away, thus helping with patient anaesthesia and pain relief. Read more... Georgina Little

RVN NCert(A&CC)