Emergency and Critical Care Nursing

Online - Sep 2022

Emergency cases can be some of the most challenging and rewarding patients to deal with in practice

The Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Technician Certificate (VTCert) and Veterinary Paraprofessional (VPPCert) e-Learning Program will increase your knowledge and confidence, enabling you to act swiftly and calmly, resulting in a positive impact on the clinical outcome of your emergency patients.

The program is designed to expand the emergency and critical care nursing knowledge and skills, improving your confidence in this area and appropriate for general practice and referral nurses. The emphasis will be on understanding the fundamental principles of nursing patients that present as emergencies and how best to nurse them to optimize their care and welfare. The course will cover a range of topics, and each module will focus on particular areas of emergency and critical care. The aim is to confidently apply the knowledge you have learnt, promote best practices and positively engage in emergencies ensuring your patients receive the highest quality care.

At the end of the program, you can also attend one optional practical day led by one of the course authors. For those completing the full program, this optional attendance day will be at an exclusive price. Please also contact us for details about our Save a Life Today: CPR in association with RECOVER (Interprofessional) short course which will be a beneficial addition to your emergency and critical care skills in practice.


Program Features:

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9 varied modules

Covering key nursing topics in emergency and critical care

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Course Director

Ludivine Boiron DVM MSc MRCVS DACVECC

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Support and guidance from a Module Tutor who is a specialist in Emergency and Critical Care

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

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Multiple learning processes

Presentations, written notes, interactive quizzes, multiple choice question writing 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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Interactive and engaging modules

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

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RCVS Library Access

The RCVS Knowledge library includes access to a wealth of electronic resources including the latest journals and clinical research

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100% online

Giving you access 24/7 wherever you are

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Four sessions per month

Each module includes a total of 9 lessons, 2 reflective studies, course notes and weekly summary videos

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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 Program Coordinator

A dedicated Program Coordinator who will support you every step of the way

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Know-How

Join the global veterinary E-Learning CE specialists and benefit from our know-how and high-quality resources

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Accredited CE

The VTCert is awarded by our global qualifications provider ISVPS

CE Program Details:

Modules summary
  1. Triage, Monitoring & Stabilisation
  2. Fluid Therapy in the Emergency Patient
  3. Surgical Emergency Procedures
  4. Analgesia and Anesthesia
  5. Emergency and Critical Care in Exotic patients
  6. Diagnostic Imaging and the Trauma Patient
  7. Medical Emergencies
  8. Nursing the Critical Patient
  9. CPR and Key Practical Skills

Please note the module order may be altered..

Qualifications

Our Emergency and Critical Care 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 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.

Emergency and Critical Care Nursing

September 2022 - April 2024
Online
9 Modules
9 Online Modules
1 Optional Practical Attendance Module
Emergency and Critical Care Nursing
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available
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Approved by RACE for 108 CE credits

01 - Triage, Monitoring & Stabilisation
September 2022 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

 

  •  Describe the triage process and explain how it benefits your patients.
  •  Classify the principles and practical aspects of critical patient monitoring.
  •  Define the perfusion parameters and explain how these can be used to identify hypoperfusion and to monitor a patient’s response to treatment.
  •  Implement the various mechanisms to assess perfusion and monitoring of clinical parameters, and be able to interpret their readings, including ECG abnormalities.
  •  Recognise dypnoeic patients and assess them for their degree of respiratory impairment.
  •  Discuss the causes of respiratory disease and state the various oxygen supplementation techniques.
  • Discuss the collection of arterial and venous blood samples for blood gas analysis and be able to explain their importance.

 


Speaker:
Elle Haskey (RVN BSc(hons) PGCert FHEA VTS(ECC) VPAC A1)
02 - Fluid Therapy in the Emergency Patient
November 2022 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

 

  •  Define the difference between hypovolaemia and dehydration and how they are treated using fluid therapy. 
  •  Recognise the importance of electrolytes and their role in homeostasis.  
  •  Describe the different types of intravenous fluids including crystalloids, colloids, and blood products. 
  •  Recognise the different types of shock: hypovolaemic, maldistributed, septic, cardiogenic.
  •  Solve administration calculations for the correct administration:  Constant Rate Infusions (CRI’s), Crystalloids, Colloids, and Blood products.   
  •  Describe the importance of how blood transfusions should be safely administered and describe the contraindications of blood transfusions, and their associated adverse reactions. 


Speaker:
Elle Haskey (RVN BSc(hons) PGCert FHEA VTS(ECC) VPAC A1)
03 - Surgical Emergency Procedures
February 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

 

  • Describe the correct preparation of the emergency patient for surgery.
  • Explain the importance of correct asepsis with preparing patients for Surgery. 
  • Describe the pathophysiology behind gastric dilatation and volvulus, the emergency and surgical treatment options. 
  • Explain the term septic peritonitis and haemoabdomen, the potential causes and surgical treatment options, discussing the nursing care of these patients.  
  • Discuss the common important clinical signs associated with reproductive and pediatric/neonatal emergencies to include the pre-, intra-, and post-operative cesarean patient. 
  • Describe the common ophthalmological emergencies, treatment, and nursing care. 


Speaker:
Thomas Towey (BVMS CertAVP(ECC) MRCVS Advanced Practitioner in Emergency & Critical Care)
04 - Analgesia and Anesthesia
April 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

 

  • Identify common complications which can arise related to anesthesia outcomes. 
  • Describe anesthesia of patients with respiratory disease. 
  • Discuss the pathophysiology behind various cardiac diseases and how we may modify anesthesia protocols for the cardiac patient.
  • Define the range of analgesics available, including opioids, NSAIDs, and local anesthetics. 
  • Recognize pain in companion animals and gain confidence in using veterinary pain scoring systems. 


Speaker:
Amy Homer (RVN MScVAA GradDipVN NCertACC PGCert Pain PGCert AP FHEA)
05 - Emergency and Critical Care in Exotic patients
June 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

 

  • Develop triage approaches in rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets and small mammals.   

  • Apply triage approaches to less familiar species: retiles and avian patients.   

  • Recognise the anaesthesia & analgesia considerations in the emergency small animal patient.   

  • Recognise the anaesthesia & analgesia considerations in the emergency reptile and bird patient.   

  • Establish critical care techniques and nursing for the avian, reptilian and small mammal emergency patient.   

  • Identify common emergency conditions of rabbits, ferrets and small mammals.   

  • Identify common emergency conditions of the reptilian and avian patient.   

  • Develop an approach to diagnosis and treatment of common toxins in the avian patient.   

  • Review CPR in exotic patients.  


Speaker:
Prof. Simon Girling ( BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM(ZHM) EurProBiol CBiol FRSB FRCVS)
06 - Diagnostic Imaging and the Trauma Patient
September 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

  • State the priorities for stabilising and treating traumatic wounds and fractures on initial presentation and be able to implement effective assessment, lavage and debridement of wounds.
  • Explain the principles and practical aspects of the latest advanced wound dressings.
  • Identify how urinary trauma presents, and how patients are stabilised prior to surgery.
  • Describe the pathophysiology of head trauma and nursing requirements demonstrating use of the small animal coma scoring scale.
  • Identify how to deal with thoracic trauma patients and prioritise their treatment.
  • Understand the principles of ultrasound imaging and be familiar with how to set up and maintain the ultrasound machine and probes.
  • Employ the principles of FAST scanning to triage emergency cases and identify specific equipment and materials required for ultrasound-guided procedures.
  • Explain the different radiographic techniques available, their pros and cons, and their uses in specific situations.
  • Evaluate radiographic image quality to ensure diagnostic radiographs are available for interpretation, demonstrating basic film reading, and be able to identify radiographic artefacts and faults.


Speaker:
Ludivine Boiron (DVM, MSc, MRCVS, DACVECC)
07 - Medical Emergencies
November 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

 

  • Describe the measures of caring/treating for a patient presenting with cardiac disease. 
  • Classify the treatment of acute renal failure and the underlying causes of pre, renal and post-renal failure. 
  • State the pathophysiology of endocrine and metabolic emergencies, including hypoadrenocorticism. 
  • Discuss common poisons seen in companion animals list antidotes and treatments.
  • State the common acute medical gastrointestinal emergencies and discuss their treatment and management. 
  • Describe the pathpathology of a ‘blocked cat’ and the available treatment options including the associated nursing care.  
  • Classify laboratory sampling techniques, processing, storage, and data recording. Apply knowledge to using the microscope to examine blood smears, urinary sediment, and basic cytology. 
  • Classify the most common neurological emergencies and their initial treatment. 
  • State the most common hematological abnormalities and their treatment. 
  • Discuss the treatment and nursing considerations of a patient with pancreatitis.


Speaker:
Victoria Maund (BSc (Hons) CVN, Dip AVN, Dip HE CVN, VTS (SAIM), Cert VN ECC, PGCert Vet Ed., RVN, )
08 - Nursing the Critical Patient
February 2024 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

 

  • Classify the requirements and management of recumbent patients. 
  • State the nutritional requirements of trauma and critical care patients. 
  • Explain the different techniques for administering enteral nutrition to patients including: 

                                 • Nasogastric tubes 

                                 • Oesophagostomy tubes 

                                 • Gastrostomy tube 

  • Identify and explain the use of Total parenteral and Partial parenteral Nutrition is used.  
  • Explain how to manage a variety of catheters and drains in an aseptic manner including urinary catheters, thoracic drains, and tracheostomy tubes.  
  • Perfect your knowledge of the importance of maintaining effective infection control protocols when dealing with critical patients in order to prevent hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).


Speaker:
Elle Haskey (RVN BSc(hons) PGCert FHEA VTS(ECC) VPAC A1)
09 - CPR and Key Practical Skills
April 2024 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

 

  • Discuss the new approach to veterinary CPR and implement effective CPR within a team.
  • Demonstrate correct suturing techniques relevant to emergency patients including tracheostomy tube placement and thoracic drain placement.
  • Describe and demonstrate the techniques for administering/supplementing oxygen, including placement of nasal oxygen cannulas and transtracheal oxygen administration.
  • Interpret and explain the correct placement of various feeding tubes, including nasogastric and oesophagostomy tubes.
  • Discuss the role of the veterinary nurse and end-of-life care of a patient. 

 


Speaker:
Elle Haskey (RVN BSc(hons) PGCert FHEA VTS(ECC) VPAC A1)

Emergency and Critical Care Nursing

September 2022 - April 2024
Online
9 Modules
9 Online Modules
1 Optional Practical Attendance Module
Emergency and Critical Care Nursing
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available
ACCREDITED BY
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APPROVED BY
Approved by RACE for 108 CE credits

The optional practical day is originally scheduled to take place in our venues in the UK, but there is a possibility to organize this practical session in USA if we gather a minimum number of participants. If you would like to attend these modules, but could only do it in the US, please subscribe to the waiting list below. A member of our team will contact you shortly with more information.


01 - Nurses ECC ON-Optional Practical Day
21/05/2024 | Sheffield

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the new approach to veterinary CPR and implement effective CPR within a team-practical (dry lab).
  • Demonstrate correct suturing techniques relevant to emergency patients including tracheostomy tube placement and thoracic drain placement – wet lab (cadavers)
  • Describe and demonstrate the techniques for administering/supplementing oxygen, e.g. placement of nasal oxygen cannulas, transtracheal oxygen administration – wet lab (cadavers)
  • Interpret and explain the correct placement of various feeding tubes, e.g., nasogastric, oesophagostomy tubes – wet lab (cadavers)
  • Discuss the role of the veterinary nurse and the end-of-life care of a patient.


Speaker:

Emergency and Critical Care Nursing

September 2022 - April 2024
Online
9 Modules
9 Online Modules
1 Optional Practical Attendance Module
Emergency and Critical Care Nursing
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available
ACCREDITED BY
Know More

APPROVED BY
Approved by RACE for 108 CE credits

Emergency and Critical Care Nursing
Payment Option Initial Payment Next Payments Total Payable
Early Bird- Full Programme (Deposit + Remaining Balance) $ 475.00 $ 2,698.00 $ 3,173.00
Early bird- 12 monthly instalments - Total cost $ 475.00 $ 251.00 x 12 $ 3,487.00

Optional Modules
Payment Option Initial Payment Next Payments Total Payable
Optional Practical Day $ 610.00 - $ 610.00

Emergency and Critical Care Nursing
Payment Option Initial Payment Next Payments Total Payable
Late Price - Full Programme (Deposit + Remaining balance) $ 475.00 $ 2,963.00 $ 3,438.00
Late Price - 12 monthly installments - Total cost $ 475.00 $ 276.00 x 12 $ 3,787.00

Optional Modules
Payment Option Initial Payment Next Payments Total Payable
Optional Practical Day $ 610.00 - $ 610.00


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.


Emergency and Critical Care Nursing

September 2022 - April 2024
Online
9 Modules
9 Online Modules
1 Optional Practical Attendance Module
Emergency and Critical Care Nursing
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available
ACCREDITED BY
Know More

APPROVED BY
Approved by RACE for 108 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.

Emergency and Critical Care Nursing

September 2022 - April 2024
Online
9 Modules
9 Online Modules
1 Optional Practical Attendance Module
Emergency and Critical Care Nursing
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available
ACCREDITED BY
Know More

APPROVED BY
Approved by RACE for 108 CE credits