Surgical Nursing

Distance Learning Programme

Learn at your own pace, wherever you are, with our Surgical Nursing Distance Learning Programme

Our Surgical Nursing 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.

This programme is created by veterinary specialists and veterinary nurses who all hold further qualifications in their field. Modules include presentations, notes, interactive quizzes and exercises which test your knowledge as you work, along with pre-module and post-module assessments allowing you to evaluate your progress and reflect on your learning. Each module is supported online by a Module Tutor, who will be available to answer all your questions during the month the module is ‘live’. 

Increase your skills, knowledge and confidence with 24/7 access from your laptop, tablet or mobile no matter where you are in the world enabling you to fit your learning around the workings of a busy practice. 

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 surgery delivered over 15 months (one module released every other month) 

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Support and guidance from a Module Tutor who is specialised and experienced in the surgical field

The module tutor who specialises in the module 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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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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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

Programme Details:

Modules summary
  1. Principles – The Clinic 
  2. Principles – The Patient 
  3. Anaesthesia 
  4. Analgesia 
  5. Imaging 
  6. Soft Tissue Surgery 
  7. Orthopaedic Surgery, Equipment and Rehabilitation 
  8. Surgical Complications and Wound Management 
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:

Alison Mann

BSc (hons) Dip HE CVN Dip AVN (small animal) RVN
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Barbara Jardim Gomes

IMVM MVMV CertAVP(DI) DipECVDI MRCVS
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Claire Dorey-Phillips

BSc (Hons) ISFM DipFN RVN
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Darren Barnes

MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
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Nicola Grint

BVSc PhD CertVA DVA DiplECVAA MRCVS
Principles – The Clinic
1 Mar 2021 | Online

The surgical nurse/tech/assistant is an essential part of the surgical team. A good working knowledge of both surgical principles and equipment is essential to ensure surgical asepsis and safety to both the patient and surgical personnel. This module will cover all of the surgical principles and review surgical asepsis, sterilisation and surgical personnel preparation techniques. The range of surgical instrumentation and equipment has increased in recent years and is now more easily accessible; this module will introduce you to its use and maintenance.

Key learning objectives:

  • Discuss how hospital layout affects the running of a clinic in relation to infection control

  • Distinguish between the terms of disinfection and sterilisation and how these techniques are implemented within the surgical and hospital setting

  • Have an overview of theatre set-up, maintenance and the importance of surgical traffic etiquette

  • Gain knowledge of the importance of the appropriate selection, preparation, storage and usage of equipment in theatre including surgical instruments and drapes

  • Demonstrate aseptic techniques when assisting in surgery either as a scrub assistant or as a non-sterile assistant through appropriate hand preparation, gowning and gloving

  • Appreciate the importance of surgical Health & Safety. Be able to identify potential risks and hazards within the surgical setting and have the knowledge of how to reduce these risks

  • Know how hospital-acquired infections are obtained and spread, as well as the different types of infection


Speaker: Claire Dorey-Phillips BSc (Hons) ISFM DipFN RVN
Principles – The Patient
3 May 2021 | Online

The success of a surgical procedure depends primarily on good planning and the awareness of potential patient risk factors. The surgical nurse/tech/assistant is an integral part of the surgical team. This module will give you the background understanding and knowledge of the importance of pre-surgical assessment and patient preparation. With the background knowledge of disease pathophysiology and surgical techniques, this module will give you the confidence to nurse the peri-operative patient.

Key learning objectives:

  • Discuss the importance of patient pre-surgical assessment and be able to identify which technique is most appropriate

  • Select the appropriate patient preparation technique and positioning required for specific surgical procedures

  • Be able to explain the importance of nursing care plans and their use in pre and post-operative surgical patients

  • Obtain knowledge of the role of nutrition in the surgical patient, identifying the advantages and disadvantages of both enteral and parenteral administration and how to manage these cases in the clinic

  • Appreciate the importance of client communication in relation to a hospitalised patient


Speaker: Claire Dorey-Phillips BSc (Hons) ISFM DipFN RVN
Anaesthesia
30 Jun 2021 | Online

There is no such thing as a safe anaesthetic only a safe anaesthetist’. This module will give you the ability to approach the anaesthesia of more critical surgical patients to optimise outcomes. The ability to confidently calculate drug requirements and understand monitoring equipment will help you navigate a surgical list with ease.

Key learning objectives:

  • 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

  • Describe 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 and more difficult patients

  • Obtain knowledge of basic through to advanced monitoring including the pros and cons of multi-parameter monitoring

  • Be able to describe and explain abnormal pulse oximetry values and abnormal capnography waveforms and suggest options to improve them


Speaker: Nicola Grint BVSc PhD CertVA DVA DiplECVAA MRCVS
Analgesia
31 Aug 2021 | Online

Anyone involved in a surgical list will need to be up-to-date on pain assessment and multi-modal options for managing pain peri-operatively. This module will give enable you to promote patient welfare by using a pro-active and thorough approach to analgesia.

Key learning objectives:

  • 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

  • Appreciate the use of a pre-emptive and multi-modal approach to analgesia

  • Demonstrate different intravenous catheterisation techniques including central venous catheterisation

  • Be able to identify appropriate analgesic agents for the use of CRI, when and how these should be used/monitored and be able to perform a CRI calculation

  • Obtain knowledge of different local anaesthetic techniques and which surgical cases benefit from their use

  • Be able to demonstrate the safe administration of local anaesthetics via transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation


Speaker: Nicola Grint BVSc PhD CertVA DVA DiplECVAA MRCVS
Imaging
1 Nov 2021 | Online

This module will allow you to have a deeper understanding of the part imaging plays in a busy surgical setting. The ability to confidently acquire diagnostic radiographs, triage patients using ultrasound and identify those patients who would benefit from advanced imaging will be of great benefit to you.

Key learning objectives:

  • Explain the different radiographic techniques available, their pros and cons and uses in specific situations

  • Revise contrast studies, becoming familiar with their use and the specific equipment required to perform them

  • Demonstrate correct positioning of a patient for specific pre and post-surgical assessment views

  • Improve your basic film reading, identifying radiographic artefacts and faults

  • Explain ultrasonography techniques including AFAST™ and TFAST™ and how these techniques benefit surgical cases when diagnosing and monitoring for complications

  • Identify specific equipment and materials required for ultrasound-guided procedures

  • Describe the use of echocardiography in the surgical patient, both pre-operatively and as part of a diagnostic workup

  • Develop your knowledge of the equipment and materials required for interventional radiography

  • Review advanced imaging (CT/MRI and Scintigraphy) and their uses in diagnosis, pre and post-surgical assessment of the surgical patient


Speaker: Barbara Jardim Gomes IMVM MVMV CertAVP(DI) DipECVDI MRCVS
Soft Tissue Surgery
4 Jan 2022 | Online

By the end of this module, you will be able to prepare confidently for a wide variety of soft tissue procedures through your understanding of the underlying conditions and risks associated with the procedure.

Key learning objectives:

  • Explain the principles of surgical technique in order to achieve a good surgical outcome

  • Review the variables affecting the choice of suture material

  • Revise the main pathways of haemostasis and discuss the options for controlling haemorrhage at surgery

  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of appropriate surgical instrumentation for a variety of soft tissue surgical procedures through familiarity with nomenclature and instrument handling

  • Understand the pathophysiology of GDV and the steps necessary to optimise outcomes and minimise morbidity/mortality

  • Describe the pathophysiology of a variety of surgical conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, options for treatment and complications associated with it, including peritonitis

  • Be familiar with surgery of the head and neck including Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome, Maxillectomy/Mandibulectomy, TECA-LBO and ophthalmic surgery

  • Understand the pathophysiology of pyometra and discuss options for treatment

  • Demonstrate the correct handling, maintenance and storage of endoscopic surgical equipment for laparoscopy/thoracoscopy

  • Review suture patterns and techniques


Speaker: Darren Barnes MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
Orthopaedic Surgery, Equipment and Rehabilitation
1 Mar 2022 | Online

This module will expand your knowledge of fracture types, their repair and a variety of other orthopaedic procedures. Attentive and proactive rehabilitation nursing care is one of the most integral parts of successful postoperative outcomes. This module will give you the understanding to select which of these techniques is likely to be most useful in specific cases.

Key learning objectives:

  • Consolidate your knowledge of a wide range of orthopaedic equipment including basic instrumentation, plating kits, external fixation kits, joint surgery, spinal surgery and arthroscopy

  • Transform your understanding of the use, care and maintenance of orthopaedic equipment to maintain quality and efficient stock control in your clinic

  • Have an overview of the different fracture types and options for their treatment including forelimb, hindlimb and skull

  • Understand the principles and mechanics for specific joint surgical procedures including joint replacement

  • Revise the pathophysiology of different conditions of the spine and the specific surgical procedures necessary to treat them

  • Be familiar with the pros and cons of a variety of rehabilitation techniques and the importance of their role in the patient after specific surgical procedures


Speaker: Alison Mann BSc (hons) Dip HE CVN Dip AVN (small animal) RVN
Surgical Complications and Wound Management
2 May 2022 | Online

As per Simon Sinek “Always plan for the fact that no plan goes to plan”. This module aims to give you the knowledge of potential complications that can arise and hence the confidence to deal with them effectively to ensure a positive outcome. Wound management is also an integral part of the nursing aftercare. This module will review wound types and discuss advances in their treatment.

Key learning objectives:

  • Revise the collection, analysis and handling of surgical samples to maximise the chance of a diagnosis and minimise the risk of lost or non-diagnostic samples

  • Become familiar with identifying surgical complications early and consolidate your knowledge of how to minimise them

  • Develop your skills in managing surgical complications

  • Transform your understanding of wound management to enable you to become comfortable handling some of the more challenging cases

  • Recognise the importance of appropriate post-operative management after discharge and how to communicate this to the client

  • Appreciate the importance of clinical governance in a veterinary practice


Speaker: Darren Barnes MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS 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

Surgical Nursing 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£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.

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Surgical Nursing Distance Learning
1st March 2021 – 31st May 2022
Darren Barnes, Claire Dorey-Phillips, Nicola Grint, Alison Mann, Barbara Jardim Gomes
NCert / VTCert and VPPCert
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