Online Learning, Real Life Improvement
The Nursing Anesthesia E-Learning CE program has been developed to provide all Veterinary Technicians with in-depth information on the principles of anesthesia.
This is a distance learning postgraduate course that comprises 8 different modules, delivered over 15 months, one module running every other month. The fourth week of the month includes reflective sessions and during the months when the module is not running, training in study skills and revision materials will be provided.
The online sessions will cover:
- The latest anesthetic and monitoring equipment
- The selection of key anesthetic and analgesic agents
- Techniques for safe anesthesia
- Effective analgesia in dogs, cats, equines, and exotics
Sessions will be delivered 100% online so you can access 24/7 from your laptop, tablet, or smartphone. The Nursing Anesthesia CE program is authored by recognized specialists and RACE-approved for 96 credits. Additional sessions will allow you to develop your reflective skills and enable time for consolidation and revision of your learning. Start learning today and accelerate your career.
CE Program Details:
- The anesthetic machine and monitoring equipment
- Pre-anesthetic assessment and premedication. Intravenous and inhalant anesthetics
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, accidents, and emergencies
- Anesthesia of equine and exotics species
- Fluid therapy in the perioperative period. Nutrition in critical care
- Analgesia and pain assessment
- Anesthetic considerations for specific conditions I
- Anesthetic considerations for specific conditions II
- Emma Love BVMS CertVA DipECVAA DVA PhD SFHEA MRCVS
- Nicola Grint - BVSc PhD CertVA DVA DiplECVAA MRCVS
- Pamela Murison BVMS CertVA,DipECVAA,DVA,PhD MRCVS
Our Nursing Anesthesia E-Learning program offers you the option of working towards a recognized qualification.
Veterinary Technician Certificate (VTCert)
By attending the full online structured program and following successful assessment you can gain an VTCert awarded by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS).
Only qualified Veterinary Technicians or RVNs/VNs who have attended formal training can apply to undertake a VTCert.
This course includes
The training program is approved by RACE for 96 CE credits. 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.
The Anesthetic Machine and Monitoring EquipmentJune 2022 | Online
The anesthetic machine is an essential tool for inhalation anesthesia. 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 anesthetic machine
- Know how anesthetic breathing circuits work and how to choose them
- Understand the use of low flow anesthesia with circle circuits
- Be able to fill in the anesthetic 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-anesthetic Assessment and Pre-medication. Intravenous and Inhalant AnestheticsJuly 2022 | Online
This module will cover how to assess the patient before anesthesia and the different drugs available for pre-medication. General anesthesia may be induced by injectable drugs or inhalational agents. These will be reviewed along with methods of maintaining anesthesia. Key learning objectives:
- The role of pre-anesthetic assessment
- Understand the reasons and ways to use pre-medication and sedation
- Have an overview of injectable anesthetics
- Have an overview of the inhalation anesthetics
- Be able to review the principles and practical use of the newer agents
- Explain the use of anesthetic checklists and be able to implement them in clinical practice
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Accidents and EmergenciesAugust 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 anesthesia
- 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
Fluid Therapy in the Perioperative Period. Nutrition in Critical CareSeptember 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 anesthetised 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
Anesthesia of Equine and Exotics SpeciesOctober 2022 | Online
There are naturally some important differences when planning anesthesia 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 anesthesia: the horse as an anesthetic candidate
Understand drugs and anesthetic techniques including monitoring and complications in equine anesthesia
Know of special considerations, techniques and advice for anesthesia in other species including birds, reptiles, ferrets, rabbits and other small mammals
Have an awareness of some considerations specific to farm animal anesthesia
Analgesia and Pain AssessmentNovember 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 anesthesia 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
Anesthetic Considerations for Specific Conditions IDecember 2022 | Online
Certain conditions require the anesthetist to employ different techniques from those routinely used. The use of neuromuscular blocking agents will be covered in this course as well as planning anesthesia 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 anesthetic for:
Head and neck surgery
Patients with cardiopulmonary disease
Patients with neurological disease
Anesthetic Considerations for Specific Conditions IIJanuary 2023 | Online
This module will cover how to plan an anesthetic for both the patient undergoing a cesarean operation, the pediatric and geriatric patient. In addition, considerations for anesthesia for patients with renal or liver failure and for particular endocrinopathies will be discussed. All of these situations place particular demands on the anesthetist and the importance of patient assessment, drug selection, induction/maintenance techniques and monitoring will be covered.
Key learning objectives:
- Plan an anesthetic for Cesarean section
- Be able to plan an anesthetic for pediatric patients
- Understand anesthesia for patients with kidney, liver disease and endocrinopathies
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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the learning content available for each module?
- At the beginning of the month, the content for weeks 1 and 2 will be released
- At the beginning of the 3rd week of the month, the remaining content will be released
What additional learning resources are available?
- Online lessons
- Notes to support every lesson
- Reading list
- Module Tutor (diploma holder in their field)
- Program Tutor
- Discussion Forum
What qualifications are needed for taking the program if coming from another non- European country?
- Qualified Doctor of Veterinary Medicine registered in country of origin
- ISVPS will require appropriate paperwork at point of registration
What does the GPCert consist of?
- Complete the full online structured program
- Case report (2,500 words)
- Online spot test exam
- Multiple choice examination
- ISVPS are responsible for invigilation of the exam via TestReach an independent invigilation company
- See the assessment criteria on the diagram of the route to a GPCert in the brochure