1 Jun 2022

Nursing Anaesthesia Online Learning


Nursing Anaesthesia Online Learning


Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia have advanced significantly during recent years. Our Distance Learning Programme in Veterinary Nursing Anaesthesia has been developed to enable all veterinary nurses/technicians/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 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 nursing.


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

Easy payment options are available.


The Anaesthesia programme is provided and taught by Improve International. Delegates wishing to obtain the NCert/VTech/VPP award qualification will need to complete all of the eight interactive modules (provided by Improve) and pass the required assessments set out by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS)

Our online learning management system Moodle, provides access to course notes, discussion forums, and other study resources.

The programme course fees INCLUDE registration with ISVPS and all of the examination and assessment fees.

All of our nurse modular programmes have a dedicated programme coordinator, who will support you every step of the way. You’ll also have support and guidance from module tutors who are specialists in their module subjects across 8 varied and interactive modules delivered over 8months.

The course comprises 8 modules in total with a module being delivered every month.  The module content is divided into four weeks of teaching with the aim that the learning objectives are covered in the first three weeks and delivered via nine online lessons, each of which is about 40-60 minutes long. The module is concluded with either two interactive reflective sessions (where appropriate) or delegates writing MCQs as part of a reflective study within week four.

During the months that are between module delivery, delegates will also be provided additional study skills sessions aiding the delegate to develop their reflective skills. This will help them in their clinical assessments and revision of their learning, which can be used within their future career

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

Key Features

  • 8 varied modules

Covering key nursing topics in anaesthesia and analgesia delivered over 8 months (one module released every r month)

  • Support and guidance from a Module Tutor who is a specialist in Anaesthesia & Analgesia

The specialist in the subject area will provide online support during each module and will be available to answer all your questions

  • Multiple learning processes

Presentations, written notes, interactive quizzes, multiple-choice question writing, and exercises test your knowledge as you work

  • Discussion forum

A discussion forum for conversation, debate, and sharing cases with your peers and Module Tutors

  • 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, training in study skills and revision materials will be provided.

  • 100% online

Giving you access 24/7 wherever you are using your laptop, tablet, or even your mobile

  • Regular assessments

Pre-module and post-module assessments encourage you to reflect on your learning and evaluate your progress

  • Dedicated Programme coordinator

A dedicated Programme coordinator who will support you every step of the way

  • Interactive and engaging modules

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

Nursing Anaesthesia Online Learning Modules

The Anaesthetic Machine and Monitoring Equipment
1 Jun 2022 | 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

Pre-anaesthetic Assessment and Pre-medication. Intravenous and Inhalant Anaesthetics
1 Jul 2022 | 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

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Accidents and Emergencies
1 Aug 2022 | 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
Fluid Therapy in the Perioperative Period. Nutrition in Critical Care
1 Sep 2022 | 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
Anaesthesia of Equine and Exotics Species
1 Oct 2022 | 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
Analgesia and Pain Assessment
1 Nov 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 such as 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 Dec 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
1 Jan 2023 | 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

Booking Options

Payments Initial
Payment Options All prices exclude VAT
NCert/VTCert/VPPCert Programme £2,000.00 £295.00 £2,295.00
NCert/VTCert/VPPCert Programme 12 monthly payments £178.00 £295.00 £2,431.00

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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

Nursing Anaesthesia Online Learning
1 Jun 2022
31 Jan 2023
8 Day Course
Emma Love, Nicola Grint, Pamela Murison
From £2,295.00 + VAT