Nursing Anaesthesia

Distance Learning Programme

Learn at your own pace, wherever you are, with our Nursing Anaesthesia distance learning programme 

Our Nursing Anaesthesia distance learning programme has been developed to enable all veterinary nurses/ technicians and veterinary paraprofessionals access to our world-class teaching materials. 

By studying part-time, at your own pace, this programme allows you to effectively manage your work-life balance while taking essential knowledge back to practice immediately. 

During the programme, online sessions will cover: 

  • 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 

You’ll have support and guidance from a Module Tutor who is a specialist in veterinary anaesthesia across 8 varied and interactive modules delivered over 15 months. 

Additional sessions allow you to develop your reflective skills and enable time for consolidation and revision of your learning. 

Once you join you will be part of an international programme with participants from all over the world. 

Key features of this programme:

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8 varied modules

Covering key nursing topics in anaesthesia delivered over 15 months (one module released every other month) 

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Support and guidance from a Module Tutor who is a specialist in anaesthesia

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 using your laptop, tablet or even your mobile

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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 Tutor

A dedicated Programme Tutor 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

Programme Details:

Modules summary
  1. The anaesthetic machine and monitoring equipment
  2. Pre-anaesthetic assessment and pre-medication. Intravenous and inhalant anaesthetics 
  3. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, accidents and emergencies
  4. Anaesthesia of equine and exotics species
  5. Fluid therapy in the perioperative period. Nutrition in critical care
  6. Analgesia and pain assessment
  7. Anaesthetic considerations for specific conditions I
  8. Anaesthetic considerations for specific conditions II
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:

Emma Love

BVMS CertVA DipECVAA DVA PhD FHEA MRCVS
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Nicola Grint

BVSc PhD CertVA DVA DiplECVAA MRCVS
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Pamela Murison

BVMS CertVA,DipECVAA,DVA,PhD MRCVS
The Anaesthetic Machine and Monitoring Equipment
1 Mar 2021 | Online

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 module 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: Emma Love BVMS CertVA DipECVAA DVA PhD FHEA MRCVS
Pre-anaesthetic Assessment and Pre-medication. Intravenous and Inhalant Anaesthetics
3 May 2021 | Online

This module 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
  • Explain the use of anaesthetic checklists and be able to implement them in clinical practice

Speaker: Emma Love BVMS CertVA DipECVAA DVA PhD FHEA MRCVS
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Accidents and Emergencies
30 Jun 2021 | Online

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
31 Aug 2021 | Online

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
1 Nov 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
4 Jan 2022 | Online

This module 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 Mar 2022 | 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 May 2022 | Online

This module 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

Extend your knowledge, skills and work towards an achievable qualification

Our Distance 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

Nursing Anaesthesia Distance Learning Pricing

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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
Interested in just taking the online modules without the certification? Talk to a member of our team.

All NCert programme prices are based on you completing the programme and include ISVPS registration and examination fees.

Payment Terms & Conditions

 

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Nursing Anaesthesia Distance Learning
1st March 2021 – 31st May 2022
Emma Love, Nicola Grint, Pamela Murison
NCert / VTCert and VPPCert
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