Feline Nursing

Online - Mar 2023

Expand your skills online in Feline Nursing

The Feline Nursing Veterinary Technician Certificate (VTCert) is designed to expand feline nursing knowledge and skills, improving confidence and is appropriate for both general practice and referral nurses. The emphasis will be on understanding the fundamental principles of nursing feline patients and how to adapt the practice and its procedures to optimise feline care and welfare. The course will cover a range of topics and each module will focus on feline-specific considerations. The aim is for you to confidently apply the knowledge you have learnt, to promote a feline-friendly practice and to positively advocate for feline patients ensuring they receive the highest quality care.


Program Features:

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8 varied modules

Covering key topics in feline nursing delivered over 14 months

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Support from the Module Tutor

A tutor who specializes 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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Recognized Course Director

Stephanie Sorrell BVetMed (Hons) MANZCVS DipECVIM-CA MRCVS oversees the course 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 CE Coordinator

A dedicated Program 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 e-learning CE specialists and benefit from our know-how and high-quality resources

CE Program Details:

Modules summary
  1. Feline Friendly Practice
  2. Principles of Feline Nursing
  3. Feline Anaethesia and Analgesia
  4. Principles of Emergency and Critical Care in Feline Patients
  5. Feline Body Systems 1
  6. Feline Body Systems 2
  7. Feline Oncology
  8. Feline Surgical Principles

Please note the module order may be altered..

Qualifications

The Feline Nursing CE Program 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. All professionals will have the opportunity of requesting, in any moment of the program, a statement regarding their earned credits to present to their respective board.

This program has been submitted to RACE for approval, and also allows you to work towards a recognized qualification from ISVPS.

Veterinary Technician Certificate (VTCert)

By attending the full online structured program and following successful assessment you can gain a VTCert awarded by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS).

Only qualified Veterinary Technicians who have attended formal training can apply to undertake a VTCert.

The course includes

Prices include ISVPS registration and examination fees. All professionals will have the opportunity of requesting, in any moment of the program, a statement regarding their earned credits to present to their respective board.

Feline Nursing

March 2023 - May 2024
Online
8 Modules
8 Online Modules
Feline Nursing
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Approved by RACE for 96 CE credits

01 - Feline Friendly Practice
March 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Describe the normal behaviour of cats, to include their ancestry, development and non-domestication
  • Recognise signs of fear, anxiety and defensive “aggression” in cats
  • Describe feline communication techniques and normal social behaviour, to include anatomy and physiology of the feline species specifically involved in this; outline the effects this can have in a clinical environment.
  • Outline common behavioural issues that may be seen in domestic cats and be able to provide appropriate advice for owners
  • Explain the relevance of pica in cats and how this may indicate a behavioural or medical issue
  • Summarize key behavioural issues in multi cat households and how to minimise these
  • Explain the criteria for developing a cat-friendly practice and the specific protocols and procedures that should be in place
  • Outline the importance of feline nurse clinics and be able to explain how to implement these throughout different life stages of the cat from kitten to geriatric
  • Be able to implement appropriate handling principles to reduce fear and stress within the practice environment


Speaker:
Alice Foley (RVN GradDipVN ISFM AdvCertFB)
02 - Principles of Feline Nursing
May 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Be able to perform a full clinical examination of a cat, utilising cat friendly handling principles, and recognise normal and abnormal findings.
  • Formulate a plan detailing the different care requirements for cats throughout their life stages.
  • Devise a feeding care plan for an anorexic cat and demonstrate how to implement and monitor this.
  • Outline the different types of feeding techniques available, be able to critically evaluate them and choose the most suitable technique for each patient.
  • Formulate a nursing care plan for a sick cat and use this to illustrate how a bespoke plan can enhance care for the patient.
  • Describe methods for collecting blood samples for haematological and biochemical analysis and be able to recognise normal and abnormal results.
  • Summarise common infectious diseases including feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), feline leukaemia virus (FeLV), “Cat flu” (feline calicivirus, feline herpesvirus) and feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) seen in domestic cats and the specific practice and nursing considerations associated with these.
  • Describe how infectious diseases are spread and develop appropriate infection control protocols to prevent spread.
  • Outline both the WSAVA Feline Vaccination Guidelines and AAHA/AAFP Feline Vaccination Guidelines.
  • Discuss the vaccination recommendations and appropriate guidance that should be provided to owners, specific to the geographic location you are situated in.(NOT EXAMINED)


Speaker:
Laura Jones (Nee Rosewell) (BSc(Hons) DipAVN(Small Animal) ISFMDipFN VTS(SAIM) RVN )
03 - Feline Anaethesia and Analgesia
July 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate a variety of different premedication and induction/maintenance options for feline patients and describe the advantages and disadvantages for each.
  • Identify different types of endotracheal tubes and their use explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each.
  • Discuss basic through to advanced patient monitoring and the advantages and disadvantages of multi-parameter monitoring for specific cases.
  • Describe and explain abnormal capnography and pulse oximetry waveforms and suggest options to improve them.
  • Identify common complications in anaesthesia and how to address these.
  • Explain the use of anaesthetic checklists, consent forms and monitoring records
  • Evaluate the different categories of analgesics available in feline medicine and discuss the pros and cons for each.
  • Explain the use of pain scoring in cats and be able to implement it in clinical practice
  • Review the practical application of blood products including selection and management of suitable donors, blood typing and crossmatching, feline blood collection and monitoring of transfusions.
  • Explain different fluid replacement options available in cats. Perform all types of fluid administration calculations.


Speaker:
Michelle Moran (RVN, CertVN ECC, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia))
04 - Principles of Emergency and Critical Care in Feline Patients
September 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate how to effectively triage an emergency and know when to seek immediate help.
  • Explain the basic principles of CCPR.
  • Summarize the RECOVER guidelines for the current recommendations for CCPR for feline patients.
  • Discuss basic through to advanced monitoring of a critical patient including key parameters such as SPO2, heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, pulse quality and urine output.
  • Recognise signs of shock in a feline patient and identify immediate resuscitation techniques that may be required.
  • Be able to perform key point of care tests such as venous blood gas, lactate, glucose and describe the use of point of care ultrasound. Be able to recognise normal and abnormal results.
  • Recognise the clinical signs associated with ethylene glycol toxicity, lily toxicity, paracetamol toxicity, rodenticide toxicity and permethrin toxicity and how to effectively treat feline patients with these conditions.
  • Discuss the main complications associated with road traffic accidents in cats and how to investigate and treat these.


Speaker:
Elle Haskey (RVN BSc(hons) PGCert FHEA VTS(ECC) VPAC A1)
05 - Feline Body Systems 1
November 2023 | Online

  • Explain the typical presentation, treatment and nursing care required for cats with respiratory disease including feline asthma, pneumonia, pneumothorax and pyothorax.
  • Describe different cardiomyopathies in cats including hypertrophic, restrictive, and dilated, and the role of the nurse in the diagnosis and care of these patients.
  • Outline how the neurological examination can assist with neurolocalisation. Explain clinical signs associated with forebrain, vestibular and spinal disease in cats.
  • Summarise the appropriate nursing care for cats with a variety of neurological conditions including vestibular disease, seizures, and cognitive dysfunction.
  • Explain the clinical presentation, diagnostic techniques used and nursing care requirements for common endocrinopathies including diabetes mellitus and hyperthyroidism. Describe how to effectively monitor and treat patients with these conditions.
  • Recognise the clinical signs associated with feline diabetic ketoacidosis, the treatment required and how to provide appropriate nursing care to these patients.
  • Explain the pathophysiology of acute thyrotoxicosis and discuss the treatment for these cases.


Speaker:
Laura George (DipHECVN DipAVN (small animal) NCert A&CC CertVN ECC VTS SAIM RVN)
06 - Feline Body Systems 2
January 2024 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the importance of being able to classify feline renal disease according to IRIS staging, and how to manage and monitor cats with IRIS CKD Stages 1 to 4.
  • Describe the signs associated with common upper and lower urinary diseases diagnosed in cats, and how to investigate and manage these.
  • Explain the pathophysiology of feline idiopathic cystitis and how to counsel owners with cats that are affected with this condition.
  • Explain the pathophysiology of urethral obstruction and be able to recognise signs and complications associated with this condition, and the treatment required in both the acute and chronic stages including environmental modification when discharged.
  • Describe the most common acute and chronic gastrointestinal diseases in cats including presenting signs and how to investigate the underlying cause in a logical manner.
  • Discuss management and nursing care of gastrointestinal upset and common gastrointestinal disorders including food responsive enteropathy, inflammatory bowel disease, megacolon, giardia, tritrichomonas and campylobacter.
  • Explain the pathophysiology of the most common hepatobiliary diseases in cats including lymphocytic cholangiohepatitis, neutrophilic cholangiohepatitis, triaditis and hepatic lipidosis. Describe how to investigate, manage, and monitor these conditions.
  • Describe common haematological disorders seen in cats to include clinical signs, diagnostic techniques, and nursing considerations.


Speaker:
Laura George (DipHECVN DipAVN (small animal) NCert A&CC CertVN ECC VTS SAIM RVN)
07 - Feline Oncology
March 2024 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the biology of cancer and paraneoplastic disease in cats.
  • Describe the principles, challenges, and ethics of cancer treatment in cats.
  • Outline surgical and radiation therapy options available for local control of tumours.
  • Explain how systemic management of tumours can be achieved through chemotherapy and targeted therapy.
  • Describe the most common feline cancers seen in practice including lymphoma, squamous cell carcinoma and fibrosarcoma.
  • Recognise appropriate diagnostic methods for the investigation and management of the most common feline cancers.
  • Identify the clinical signs associated with oncological emergencies and how to address these.
  • Explain how to safely administer chemotherapeutic agents to cats including the health and safety considerations for staff and owners.
  • Discuss the side effects associated with commonly used chemotherapeutic agents.


Speaker:
Caroline Boothroyd (RVN, Cert SAN, VTS (SAIM, Oncology))
08 - Feline Surgical Principles
May 2024 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • Describe the principles of surgical asepsis and how appropriate theatre protocol relates to this
  • Describe different suture materials and patterns, and explain how to select the most appropriate material and method
  • Identify a range of surgical instrumentation for a variety of soft tissue and orthopaedic procedures; explain appropriate care and maintenance of these instruments
  • Explain appropriate tissue handling techniques and their importance
  • Discuss the principles of surgical planning for feline patients and outline the importance of appropriate planning
  • Revise the main pathways of haemostasis in feline patients and discuss options for haemorrhage control during surgery
  • Outline the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative considerations for feline patients
  • Compare and contrast the differences between the ‘AAFP Position Statement on Early Spay and Castration’ to ‘The Cat Group Policy on the Timing of Neutering’ and discuss the impact of neutering on population control and feline welfare
  • Outline common soft tissue surgical procedures performed in feline patients to treat conditions including dystocia, ureteral and urethral obstruction, gastrointestinal foreign body, pyothorax and aural polyps
  • Outline common orthopaedic procedures performed in feline patients to treat conditions including fractures, hip luxation, and cranial cruciate ligament rupture


Speaker:
Alison Mann (BSc (hons) Dip HE CVN Dip AVN (small animal) RVN)

Feline Nursing

March 2023 - May 2024
Online
8 Modules
8 Online Modules
Feline Nursing
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available
ACCREDITED BY
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APPROVED BY
Approved by RACE for 96 CE credits

Feline Nursing
Payment Option Initial Payment Next Payments Total Payable
VTCert/VPPCert Programme (Payment in Full) $ 3,199.00 - $ 3,199.00
VTCert/VPPCert Programme (deposit and remaining balance) $ 489.00 $ 2,710.00 $ 3,199.00
VTCert/VPPCert Programme 12 monthly payments - Total cost $ 489.00 $ 253.00 x 12 $ 3,525.00

Feline Nursing
Payment Option Initial Payment Next Payments Total Payable
VTCer/VPPCert Programme (Payment in Full) $ 3,464.00 - $ 3,464.00
VTCert/VPPCert programme (deposit and remaining balance) $ 754.00 $ 2,710.00 $ 3,464.00
VTCert / VPPCert (12 monthly payments) - Total cost $ 754.00 $ 253.00 x 12 $ 3,790.00


Payment Terms & Conditions

1. An initial payment is due on registration in order to secure the booking. This can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.

2. Full payment to be made within 30 days of the commencement of the course.

3. For instalment payment plans, the only payment option is by credit card. Delegates will be notified monthly and shall proceed with payment through their personal delegate area.

4. All program prices include ISVPS registration and examination fees.


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. Improve International reserves the right to close the intake early if the number of applications received exceeds the number of available places.

4. In order to secure a place you must pay an initial payment.

5. Confirmation and enrolment details will then be sent to applicants once we have received a completed application form.


Feline Nursing

March 2023 - May 2024
Online
8 Modules
8 Online Modules
Feline Nursing
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available
ACCREDITED BY
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APPROVED BY
Approved by RACE for 96 CE credits

Extend your knowledge, skills and work towards an achievable qualification

Our e-Learning VTCert/VPPCert Programs 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.

VTCert: Requirements for Certificate registration

The following may be eligible to enrol on to the programme:

  • 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 technician working in the veterinary industry)
  • Delegates can start the program as soon as they have graduated/qualified and will be eligible for examination and assessment on completion of the program
  • In order to register for the certificate assessments, all delegates must have completed all modules of the program
  • Examination candidates must complete and pass the below:
    • Written assessment
    • 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 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

The following may be eligible to enrol on to the programme:

  • Veterinary Technicians who have not attended formal training and therefore do not have a supporting certificate but have been working in practice in a Technician role for at least 2 years prior to the program start date
  • All delegates must be working in veterinary practice/clinical setting for the duration of the program 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 program 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 program to your career*

Applicants who are not formally trained Veterinary 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 program
  • Examination candidates must complete and pass the following:
    • Written assessment
    • 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 guaranteedand all written assessments and examinations are to be completed in English.

Feline Nursing

March 2023 - May 2024
Online
8 Modules
8 Online Modules
Feline Nursing
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available
ACCREDITED BY
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APPROVED BY
Approved by RACE for 96 CE credits