19 Dec 2019

Nurses Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care Nursing



Emergency cases can be some of the most challenging and rewarding patients to deal with in practice. This programme aims to give a thorough understanding of the veterinary nurse’s involvement in ensuring the optimum outcome and survival of these patients. The modules are delivered as four two-day courses with the emphasis throughout being on the practical approach to cases in practice, using day-to day equipment and resources found in the majority of small animal practices. The final module enables nurses to practise some of the techniques in the safe environment of Improve International's excellently equipped wet-lab.

The course will follow and expand on the recently published textbook 'Practical Emergency and Critical Care Nursing' written by the course tutors. All delegates attending the course will receive a copy of this book.

Both tutors work at the UK’s largest emergency centre and their clinical experience and use of real-life cases really helps to bring this rapidly evolving subject to life.


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

This course offers:

• Flexible attendance options – individual modules, paired modules or the entire course

• Easy payment options


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. These modules can be completed in one year or delegates can extend the programme over two or three years. Modules can be attended in any order, to suit individual preferences, subject to availability.

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

Booking Options

Payments Initial
Payment Options All prices exclude VAT
NCert Programme £2,395.00 £0.00 £2,395.00
NCert Programme (Deposit and 12 Monthly Payments) £185.00 £295.00 £2,515.00
NCert Programme (Deposit and Payment in Full) £2,100.00 £295.00 £2,395.00

To book any option please click the "Book Now" button and select your preferences in your shopping cart.


Module (class) -1 - Triage, Monitoring & Stabilisation
19 Dec 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Elle Haskey


Course content:

  • Triage
  • Monitoring Clinical Parameters
  • Dyspnoeic patients/oxygen supplementation
  • Acid-base and blood gases

Module (class) -2 - Fluid Therapy in the Emergency Patient
20 Dec 2019 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Elle Haskey


Course content:

  • Vascular Access
  • Intravenous fluid therapy
  • Hypovolaemia and shock
  • Blood Transfusions in practice

Key learning objectives:

  • Gain confidence in standard and advanced vascular access techniques
  • Dehydration versus hypovolaemia – what is the difference?
  • Crystalloids, colloids and beyond
  • Improve your fluid therapy calculations
  • Understand the practical application of blood transfusions and products

Module (class) -3 - Medical Emergencies
30 Jan 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Paul Aldridge


Course content:

  • The cardiac patient
  • Renal failure
  • Endocrine emergencies
  • Dealing with poisoned patients
  • The parvovirus patient

Key learning objectives:

  • How medical emergencies present and why
  • Practical ECGs – arrhythmias and dysrhythmias – what’s the difference?
  • Diagnosis and treatment of common endocrine emergencies
  • The principles of managing poisoned patients
  • Common poisonings; their presentation and treatment

Module (class) -4 - Surgical Emergency Procedures
31 Jan 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Paul Aldridge


Course content:

  • Patient preparation
  • Preparation for abdominal surgery and instrumentation
  • GDV
  • Septic peritonitis
  • Haemoabdomen
  • Caesarean section

Key learning objectives:

  • Learn the importance of correct asepsis when prepping patients for surgery
  • Ensure an understanding of the commonly used instruments for emergency surgery
  • Understand which diagnostic tests indicate emergency surgery is required
  • Gain an understanding of what is required in the emergency surgical patient

Module (class) -5 - Analgesia and Anaesthesia
23 Apr 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Amy Homer


Key learning objectives:

  • Which analgesics are suitable for emergency patients and why
  • Anaesthetic protocols for emergency patients
  • Safe anaesthetic monitoring
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory emergencies during anaesthesia

Module (class) -6 - Nursing the Critical Patient
24 Apr 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Elle Haskey


Course content:

  • Managing recumbent patients
  • Nutrition and feeding tubes
  • Managing urinary catheters, chest drains, tracheostomy tubes

Key learning objectives:

  • Learn nursing techniques to improve the care of recumbent patients
  • The importance of early enteral nutrition and techniques which are available to achieve this
  • Management of the common tubes and drains in the critical patient
  • Infection control considerations for the critical patient – prevention of healthcare associated infections

Module (class) -7 - The Trauma Patient
2 Jul 2020 (9:30-17:00) - Swindon

Speaker: Paul Aldridge


Course content:

  • Initial management of wounds and fractures
  • Urinary tract trauma and obstruction
  • Head injuries
  • Thoracic trauma

Key learning objectives:

  • Stabilisation and initial treatment of traumatic wounds and fractures
  • Effective assessment, lavage and debridement of wounds
  • What’s new in wound dressings
  • How urinary trauma presents and what we can do to stabilise the patient prior to surgery
  • How the prognosis for head trauma can be determined by effective nursing

Module (class) -8 - Emergency and Critical Care - Practical Day
3 Jul 2020 (9:00-16:30) - Swindon

Speaker: Elle Haskey|Paul Aldridge


Advances in CPR and dry lab

Case studies- presentation, discussion, seminar and revision of the principles covered.

Delegates will have the opportunity to undertake the following practical exercises-

  • Suturing & dressings
  • Tracheostomy and chest drains
  • Oxygen supplementation
  • Vascular access- jugular, cut-downs, intraosseus – dry lab
  • Feeding tubes – dry lab

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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 Emergency and Critical Care Nursing
19 Dec 2019
3 Jul 2020
8 Day Course
Amy Homer, Elle Haskey, Paul Aldridge
Price: £2,395.00 + VAT

The start date of this course is in the past. You can no longer book the full course, but can register your interest in future dates.

Alternative Start Dates


Improve International was established in 1998 by a group of veterinary surgeons from across the UK. We run Continuous Professional Development training for veterinary professionals to help develop the skills and knowledge required in practice. Our programmes utilise a combination of review lectures, case-based discussion and, where applicable, hands-on practical sessions. We are an international organisation with offices in the UK and Portugal.


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