MEDICAL NURSING

Online - July 2022

Study online and enhance your clinical practice

Our NEW e-Learning CE program in Medical Nursing has been developed to provide veterinary technicians with a keen interest in internal medicine access to our world-class teaching materials. By studying part-time, at your own pace, this program allows you to effectively manage your work-life balance while taking essential knowledge back to practice immediately.

How does it work?

This course is built around eight 100% online modules covering key topics in small animal medicine, such as best approaches to the oncologic patient, rehabilitation methods, pain management and anesthesia. Each module consists of four sessions spread over one month and includes nine online lessons and several interactive learning resources. Our new CE course is authored by recognized specialists and highly qualified and experienced veterinary professionals. Participants will also be provided with additional study skills sessions and the support of a dedicated tutor.

Advance your career by achieving an international certificate

The program in Medical Nursing is accredited by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS), allowing you to achieve an international qualification - the Veterinary Technician Certificate (VTCert). In addition, our course was submitted to RACE for approval.

After completing this CE program, you will have gained new confidence and knowledge, which will allow you to easily meet each patient needs. Grab this opportunity to advance your career, transform your clinical practice and strengthen your position in the veterinary team!


Program Features:

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8 varied modules

Covering key topics in internal medicine delivered over 8 months

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Support and guidance from the Module Tutor

The tutor who specializes in the module 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 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 mobile

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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. The fourth week of the month will provide reflective sessions and, training in study skills and revision materials will be provided

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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 duration of the course

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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. Anesthesia
  2. Analgesia
  3. Principles - The Clinic
  4. Principles - The Patient
  5. Oncology
  6. Imaging
  7. Body Systems
  8. Medical Pharmacology
Qualifications

Our Medical Nursing e-Learning CE program was submitted to RACE for approval and 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.

This 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.

Anaesthesia
July 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives 

At the end of the module delegate should be able to:

  • Review acid/base balance, the practical application of blood products and explain when different fluid replacement options should be used. Demonstrate the ability to perform all types of fluid administration calculations.
  • Explain the importance of client consent forms, patient anaesthesia records and be able to complete both correctly.
  • Obtain knowledge of basic through to advanced patient monitoring and the pros and cons of multi-parameter monitoring for specific cases. Describe and explain abnormal capnography and pulse oximetry waveforms and suggest options to improve them.
  • Understand the use of different pre-anaesthetic medication, induction and maintenance agents, explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each in specific cases.
  • Identify different types of endotracheal tubes and their use explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each. Demonstrate the skill of intubating easy & more difficult patients


Speaker: Nicola Grint (BVSc PhD CertVA DVA DiplECVAA MRCVS)
Analgesia
September 2022 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

At the end of the modules delegates should be able to :

 

  • Appreciate the pathophysiology of pain and be able to identify pain in different species using pain scoring methods.
  • Explain the different classes of analgesia, including opioids, NSAIDs, local anaesthetics and other agents and their pharmacology and appreciate their different delivery methods for specific patients using the multi-modal approach.
  • Pre-emptive analgesia theory and practical approaches to achieving it
  • Outline the use of analgesia in medical patients for chronic and palliative use.
  • Describe appropriate analgesic agents for the use of CRI, when and how these should be used/monitored and be able to perform a CRI calculation.
  • Demonstrate different intravenous catheterisation techniques including central venous catheterisation.
  • Be able to place a central venous line


Speaker: Nicola Grint (BVSc PhD CertVA DVA DiplECVAA MRCVS)
Principles- The Clinic
November 2022 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

 

At the end of the module delegates should be able to;

  • Discuss how hospital layout affects the running of a clinic in relation to infection control and the importance of specific patient areas on patient recovery.
  • Understand how hospital acquired infections are obtained and spread, as well as the different types of infection.
  • Distinguish between the terms of disinfection and sterilization and how these techniques are implemented within the hospital setting.
  • Gain knowledge of the importance of the appropriate selection and use of medical equipment for specific diagnostic procedures and patient monitoring.
  • Explain how to store, maintain and prepare the above equipment.
  • Appreciate the importance of hospital Health & Safety.
  • Be able to identify potential risks and hazards within the medical setting and have the knowledge of how to reduce these risks


Speaker: Laura Jones (Nee Rosewell) (BSc(Hons) DipAVN(Small Animal) ISFMDipFN VTS(SAIM) RVN )
Principles - The Patient
January 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

 

At the end of the module delegates should be able to;

  • Discuss the importance of daily patient assessment and record keeping of the medical patient via charting systems. Be able to outline physical examination techniques and explain their relevance.
  • Outline the importance of the specific nursing requirements of inpatients with specific pathophysiology and life stage. Be able to explain the importance of nursing care plans and their use. 
  • Obtain knowledge of the role of nutrition in the medical patient, identifying the advantages and disadvantages of both enteral and parenteral administration and how to manage these cases within the clinic.
  • Select the appropriate patient preparation technique and positioning required for specific medical procedures.
  • Identify medical diseases and procedures that result in an outpatient assessment and the significance of outpatient monitoring.
  • Become familiar with identifying medical complications and consolidate your knowledge of how to minimise them.
  • Explain the set up and maintenance of endoscopes and when they are most useful as part of a diagnostic work-up
  • Appreciate the importance of clinical governance & client communication within the veterinary clinic.


Speaker: Laura Jones (Nee Rosewell) (BSc(Hons) DipAVN(Small Animal) ISFMDipFN VTS(SAIM) RVN )
Imaging
March 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

 

At the end of the module delegates should be able to;

 

  • Explain the different radiographic techniques available, their pros and cons and uses in specific situations
  • Evaluate radiographic image quality to ensure diagnostic radiographs are available for interpretation and improve your basic film reading, identifying radiographic artefacts and faults.
  • Revise contrast studies, becoming familiar with their use and the specific equipment required to perform them
  • Understand the principles of ultrasound imaging and be familiar with how to set up and maintain the ultrasound machine and probes
  • Identify specific equipment and materials required for ultrasound-guided procedures
  • Employ the principles of FAST scanning to triage emergency cases
  • Review advanced imaging (CT/MRI and scintigraphy) and their uses in diagnosis and monitoring medical cases


Speaker: Abby Caine (VetMB BA CertVDI DipECVDI MRCVS)
Oncology
May 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

 

At the end of the modules delegates should be able to;

 

  • Discuss the biology of cancer and paraneoplastic disease
  • Describe the principles, challenges and ethics of cancer treatment in dogs and cats
  • Outline the options for local management of tumours including surgery and radiation therapy
  • Explain how systemic management of tumours can be achieved through chemotherapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapy
  • Select appropriate diagnostic methods for the investigation and management of: Lymphoma; mast cell tumours; bone tumours; splenic tumours; oral tumours and selected other common tumours
  • Familiarise yourself with specific feline tumours
  • Identify and understand oncological emergencies
  • Evaluate the unique challenges of starting an oncology clinic - practicalities of administering chemotherapy and management of clients
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the significance of drug safety, staff and owner protection
  • Includes a practical session of oncological cytology


Speaker: Owen Davies (MA VetMB MVetMed MANZCVS(SAM) DACVIM(Oncology) MRCVS RCVS & American Specialist in Veterinary Oncology)
Body Systems
July 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

 

At the end of the module delegates should be able to;

 

  • Appreciate clinical assessment and how it that can be used to narrow down location of a respiratory problem
  • Explain the typical presentations, treatment and follow up required for a variety of respiratory diseases in small animal practice including feline asthma/bronchitis, chronic canine bronchitis, lungworm, pneumonia and nasal disease.
  • Discuss the common signs of acute and chronic gastrointestinal disease and logical approaches to investigating the underlying causes
  • Describe the most common gastrointestinal diseases and how to treat and/or manage them successfully.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of liver disease in the cat and dog
  • Compare pancreatitis in cats and dogs in relation to presentation and treatment options
  • Recognise the importance of the classification of chronic kidney disease in relation to management and monitoring
  • Become familiar with the diagnostic, therapeutic and monitoring challenges of a variety of endocrine diseases including those associated with the pancreas, adrenal and thyroid glands.


Speaker: Paula Diana Valienta (DVM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS)
Medical Pharmacology
September 2023 | Online

Key Learning Objectives

 

At the end of the module delegates should be able to;

 

  • Appreciate the challenges involved in getting the best out of laboratory tests including sampling methods and test selection
  • Describe a general approach to all poisoning cases including what resources are available, what diagnostic tests may help and how to treat common toxicities
  • Discuss rational drug use– consider how we protect antibiotic use, other considerations in therapeutic trials in medicine cases and monitoring for side effects
  • Consider traditional UK infectious diseases - how they are diagnosed, managed and treatment options
  • Become familiar with infectious diseases new to the UK and discuss the challenges in diagnosis and treatment of these conditions
  • Describe how antibody testing can be useful in vaccination protocols
  • Be familiar with WSAVA vaccination guidelines


Speaker: Rory Bell (MVB DSAM DipECVIM-CA FHEA 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.

Medical Nursing
Payment OptionInitial PaymentNext PaymentsTotal Payable
Payment in full$480$2,719$3,199
Monthly payments$480$253 x 12 installments *$3,516
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

Medical Nursing
Payment OptionInitial PaymentNext PaymentsTotal Payable
Payment in full$0-$0
Monthly payments$$0
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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MEDICAL NURSING
01 Jul 2022 - 30 Sep 2023
Online
8 Modules
8 Online Modules
Veterinary Technician Certificate in Medical Nursing
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available
AVAILABLE PAYMENT METHODS

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.