Transfusion Medicine

Online Learning Programme

The best online guidance to safe blood transfusion and management

Blood transfusions have been used to save lives for hundreds of years and their benefits are well documented. In veterinary practices, the use of transfusion medicine has become increasingly popular due to its effectiveness in treating both critically ill and surgical patients. This new online learning Nurse Certificate (NCert), Veterinary Technician (VTCert) and Veterinary Paraprofessional (VPPCert)  Programme in Transfusion Medicine aims to help veterinary professionals improve their knowledge in all aspects of transfusion medicine, from understanding when a transfusion is required to the different techniques for safe blood collection and administration.  

 

How can you become proficient in veterinary transfusion medicine?  

This programme will guide you through 8 online modules, delivered over the course of 15 months. Each module is built around six lessons, two reflective studies, different course notes and weekly summary videos. The interactive approach of each session will help you retain new knowledge more effectively, with regular assessments testing your skills as you progress. As with all our high-quality online programmes, this course also benefits from the latest technology and from the guidance of renowned veterinary professionals.  

Topics will range between several key subjects within transfusion medicine, such as blood banking, product management, conditions such as anaemia and adverse transfusion reactions, among others. The fundamental principles of blood types will be covered, and discussion will be held around how and when to use compatibility testing to maximise transfusion efficacy. The course will provide a good understanding of the aims and risks of transfusions.  

 

Access the best online knowledge, suitable for all professional stages  

Whether you are an experienced veterinary nurse/technician or still in the early stage of your career, this course will give you valuable insights that can help you save lives and grow professionally – both in referral and general practices. Our programme is accredited by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS) and supported by the Pet Blood Bank UK 

Learn how to take a proactive and significant role in transfusion cases and promote an evidence-based practice with the leading online CPD providers.  

 

 

Key features of this programme:

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8 varied modules

Covering key topics in transfusion medicine delivered over 15 months  

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Support from the Module Tutor

A tutor who specialises in the module subject will provide online support during each module and will be available to answer all your questions 

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Leading online learning experience

Presentations, written notes, diagrams, interactive quizzes, 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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Recognised Course Director

Helen Rooney BSc (Hons) CVN, Cert Ed, Dip AVN (Medical), Cert ECCVN, RVN oversees the programme ensuring the latest content  

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Four sessions per month

Each module consists of four sessions spread over one month. Sessions comprise separate lessons and case-based studies to work through at your own pace 

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100% online

Giving you access 24/7 via our world-leading Learning Management Platform 

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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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Interactive and engaging modules

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

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Know-How

Join the global veterinary online learning CPD specialists and benefit from our know-how and high-quality resources 

Programme Details:

Modules summary
  1. Blood Banking and Component Therapy 
  2. Blood Products and Product Management and Whole Blood Collection  
  3. Erythrocyte Antigens and the Immune System 
  4. Anaemia 
  5. Haemostasis and Common Coagulation Abnormalities 
  6. Transfusion Considerations & Blood Product Administration 
  7. Adverse Transfusion Reactions 
  8. Autotransfusions, Cell Salvage, Xenotransfusions and Transfusion in Other Species 
Qualifications

The Transfusion Medicine Programme offers you a comprehensive range of structured learning with the ultimate flexibility to access the training that you want whilst working around your busy practice life. 

 

You can also choose to work towards a recognised qualification from ISVPS. 

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:

Helen Rooney

BSc (Hons) CVN, Cert Ed, Dip AVN (Medical), Cert VNECC, RVN
Blood banking and component therapy
1 Apr 2022 | Online

Key Learning Objectives.

  • Blood banking – history, veterinary blood banking and governance, blood donation and donor safety and welfare, managing the blood supply chain
  • Component therapy – what it is, advantages and disadvantages compared to use of whole blood, blood products and their manufacture; techniques and quality assurance


Speaker: Helen Rooney BSc (Hons) CVN, Cert Ed, Dip AVN (Medical), Cert VNECC, RVN
Blood products, product management and whole blood collection
1 Jun 2022 | Online

Key Learning Objectives:

  • The indications for and action of each blood product
  • Storage and shelf life for each blood product
    • Fresh Whole Blood
    • Stored Whole Blood
    • Packed Red Blood Cells
    • Plasma: Fresh Frozen Plasma, Frozen Plasma, Cryoprecipitate, Cryosupernatant
    • Platelet Products
    • Albumin
  • Storage lesions
  • Vein to vein traceability
  • Blood collection in canines: donor criteria, equipment, technique
  • Blood collection in felines: donor criteria, equipment, technique


Speaker: Helen Rooney BSc (Hons) CVN, Cert Ed, Dip AVN (Medical), Cert VNECC, RVN
Erythrocyte antigens and the immune system
1 Aug 2022 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • What antigens are and how they affect the immune system?
  • The significance of antigens and alloantibodies
  • Canine erythrocyte antigens and alloantibodies
  • Feline erythrocyte antigens and alloantibodies
  • Blood typing: the different techniques, how it is performed
  • Type compatibility
  • Cross matching: what it is, when it is used, the different techniques, interpretation of the results and how they influence the transfusion
  • The PBB Cross Match Service
  • Important considerations when discharging a blood product recipient

Speaker: Helen Rooney BSc (Hons) CVN, Cert Ed, Dip AVN (Medical), Cert VNECC, RVN
Anaemia
1 Oct 2022 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Erythropoiesis: where it takes place, the developmental stages and the morphology of erythrocytes as they mature in canines and felines
  • Factors influencing erythropoiesis
  • Red cell evaluation using the haematology analyser and blood smears
  • Diagnosing and classifying anaemia
  • Erythrocyte abnormalities that may accompany anaemia, their identification and significance
  • Common haemolytic anaemias in canines and felines
  • Common hypoplastic anaemias in canines and felines
  • Blood product of choice for management of anaemia

Speaker: Helen Rooney BSc (Hons) CVN, Cert Ed, Dip AVN (Medical), Cert VNECC, RVN
Haemostasis and common coagulation abnormalities
1 Dec 2022 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Basic haemostasis: platelet appearance and function, extrinsic, intrinsic and common pathways, sequential factor activation and clot breakdown
  • Common hereditary and acquired coagulopathies encountered in canines and felines
  • The clinical signs and physical examination findings associated with clotting disorders
  • Tests used in practice to assess coagulation: BMBT, APTT, PT, TEG
  • The use of blood products in the management of coagulopathies

Speaker: Helen Rooney BSc (Hons) CVN, Cert Ed, Dip AVN (Medical), Cert VNECC, RVN
Transfusion considerations and blood product administration
1 Feb 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Factors to consider when deciding to transfuse
  • How to correctly prepare units of red cells and plasma for administration
  • How to safely administer blood products including recipient preparation and monitoring (plasma and red cell)
  • Calculating infusion volumes and rates for a range of different patients and products
  • How and when to split blood product units to smaller quantities

Speaker: Helen Rooney BSc (Hons) CVN, Cert Ed, Dip AVN (Medical), Cert VNECC, RVN
Adverse transfusion reactions
1 Apr 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Factors to consider when deciding to transfuse
  • How to correctly prepare units of red cells and plasma for administration
  • How to safely administer blood products including recipient preparation and monitoring (plasma and red cell)
  • Calculating infusion volumes and rates for a range of different patients and products
  • How and when to split blood product units to smaller quantities

Speaker: Helen Rooney BSc (Hons) CVN, Cert Ed, Dip AVN (Medical), Cert VNECC, RVN
Autotransfusions, cell salvage, xenotransfusions and transfusion in other species
1 Jun 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • What autotransfusion is and when it may be performed
  • The technique of cell salvage and its benefits and limitations
  • The use of Xenotransfusions in veterinary practice
  • The use of transfusions in species other than the dog and cat

Speaker: Helen Rooney BSc (Hons) CVN, Cert Ed, Dip AVN (Medical), Cert VNECC, RVN

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

Transfusion Medicine Online Learning Pricing

Payment Option Initial
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NCert/VTCert Programme £295.00£2,104.00£2,399.00
NCert/VTCert/VPPCert Programme 12 monthly payments£295.00£180.00 x 12 payments£2,455.00
All NCert programme prices are based on you completing the programme and include ISVPS registration and examination fees.

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Transfusion Medicine Online Learning
1 Apr 2022 – 30 Jun 2023
Helen Rooney
NCert / VTCert and VPPCert
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