11 Mar 2021

Nurses Certificate in Anaesthesia - Consolidated Learning



Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia have advanced significantly during recent years. This 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 increase confidence in this vital area of veterinary nursing.

Apply new knowledge and skills in just three months with our new Nurse Certificate (NCert) Consolidated Learning programme.

Our Consolidated Learning programme allows you to gain access to the content of our Anaesthesia programme usually spread over a year in just three months.

This programme will give you all of the lecture-based teaching and practical skills in a condensed period giving you the opportunity to take your new knowledge and skills back to practice even quicker. Working in conjunction with ISVPS we ensure the highest academic standards across all our NCert programmes.


The certificate programme will:

  • Enhance your clinical skills and knowledge
  • Increase your confidence and job satisfaction
  • Enable you to gain an achievable and recognised qualification
  • Provide an opportunity for you to pursue further academic achievement by registering with Harper Adams University, gaining academic credits and working towards a Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies.

Easy payment options are available.


Registration is from 9.15am, course starts at 9.30am and finishes at 5.00pm on all modules.

Delegates wishing to complete the Nurses Certificate examination will be required to attend all eight taught modules.

Comprehensive course notes are provided for each module. Refreshments are available throughout the day and lunch is included on all modules.

Nurses Certificate in Anaesthesia - Consolidated Learning Modules

The Anaesthetic Machine and Monitoring Equipment
to be confirmed | Swindon

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

Pre-anaesthetic Assessment and Pre-medication. Intravenous and Inhalant Anaesthetics
to be confirmed | Swindon

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

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Accidents and Emergencies
to be confirmed | 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
to be confirmed | 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
to be confirmed | 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
to be confirmed | 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
to be confirmed | 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
to be confirmed | 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

Booking Options

Payments Initial
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 3 Monthly payments) £740.00 £295.00 £2,515.00

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Payment Terms & Conditions

  1. Payment for the course can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.
  2. Please contact us for pricing relating to corporate veterinary groups and multiple booking discounts.
  3. Full details regarding the course cancellation procedure can be found here: https://www.improveinternational.com/uk/terms-and-conditions/

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. Confirmation and enrolment details will then be sent to confirm your booking.

Key information

Nurses Certificate in Anaesthesia - Consolidated Learning
11 Mar 2021
5 Jun 2021
8 Day Course
Emma Love, Nicola Grint, Pamela Murison
£2,495.00 + VAT