VTCERT IN ANESTHESIA

November 1st, 2021

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.


Program Features:

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8 varied modules

Covering key topics in anesthesia delivered over 15 months

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Support and guidance from the Module Tutor

The module tutor who specializes in anesthesia will provide online support during each month that the module is "live" and will be available to answer all your questions

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Multiple learning processes

Presentations, written notes, interactive quizzes, multiple choice questions 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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100% online

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

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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

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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 Tutor

A dedicated tutor will support you every step of the way throughout the entire extent of the course

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Interactive and engaging modules

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

CE Program Details:

Modules summary
  1. The anesthetic machine and monitoring equipment
  2. Pre-anesthetic assessment and premedication. Intravenous and inhalant anesthetics
  3. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, accidents, and emergencies
  4. Anesthesia of equine and exotics species
  5. Fluid therapy in the perioperative period. Nutrition in critical care
  6. Analgesia and pain assessment
  7. Anesthetic considerations for specific conditions I
  8. Anesthetic considerations for specific conditions II
Tutors
  • 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
Qualifications

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 Anaesthetic Machine and Monitoring Equipment
Nov, 2021 | 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

 


Speaker: Emma Love (BVMS CertVA DipECVAA DVA PhD FHEA FRCVS)
Pre-anaesthetic Assessment and Pre-medication. Intravenous and Inhalant Anaesthetics
Dec, 2021 | 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


Speaker: Emma Love (BVMS CertVA DipECVAA DVA PhD FHEA FRCVS)
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Accidents and Emergencies
Jan, 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
Feb, 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
Mar, 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
Apr, 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 (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
May, 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
Jun, 2022 | 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)
APPROVED BY
Approved by RACE for 96 CE credits
ACCREDITED BY
This course is accredited by ISVPS and allows you to achieve a Veterinary Technician Certificate.

VTCert in Anesthesia
Payment OptionInitial PaymentNext PaymentsTotal Payable
Payment in full$3,099-$3,099
Monthly payments$649$345 x 8 installments *$2,760
All program prices include ISVPS registration and examination fees
* Delegates will need to pay the first installment to save their place and then payment plans start the month before the beginning of the course

VTCert in Anesthesia
Payment OptionInitial PaymentNext PaymentsTotal Payable
Payment in full$3,349-$3,349
Monthly payments$924$345 x 8 installments *$2,760
All program prices include ISVPS registration and examination fees
* Delegates will need to pay the first installment to save their place and then payment plans start the month before the beginning of the course

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.


Frequently Asked Questions

Distance Learning

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
When do the exams take place?
For detailed information please check the ISVPS section on this webpage.
How do I submit my case report for the GPCert?
All ISVPS assessments are uploaded to the candidates’ area via the ISVPS website. You will be given a login to the candidates’ area when you register with ISVPS.

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This course is accredited by ISVPS and allows you to achieve a General Practitioner Certificate.

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VTCERT IN ANESTHESIA
01 Nov 2021 - 30 Jun 2022
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APPROVED BY
Approved by RACE for 96 CE credits

ACCREDITED BY
This course is accredited by ISVPS and allows you to achieve a Veterinary Technician Certificate.