Nurses Course

Emergency and Critical Care Nursing

ISVPS Nurses Certificate/Veterinary Paraprofessional Certificate (NCert/VPPCert)

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September 2023 - May 2024

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

The Emergency and Critical Care Nurse Certificate (NCert), Veterinary Technician Certificate (VTCert) and Veterinary Paraprofessional (VPPCert) Online Learning Programme 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 programme 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 optimise 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 programme, you can also attend one optional practical day led by one of the course authors. For those completing the full programme, 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 courses which will be a beneficial addition to your emergency and critical care skills in practice.

What you'll learn:

9 varied modules

Covering key nursing topics in emergency and critical care 

Course Director


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 

Multiple learning processes

Presentations, written notes, interactive quizzes, multiple choice question writing and exercises which test your knowledge as you work 

Discussion forum

A discussion forum for conversation, debate and sharing cases with your peers and Module Tutors

Interactive and engaging modules

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

RCVS Library Access

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

100% online

Giving you access 24/7 wherever you are

Four sessions per month

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

Regular assessments

Pre-module and post-module assessments encourage you to reflect on your learning and evaluate your progress

Dedicated Programme Coordinator

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


Join the global veterinary online learning CPD specialists and benefit from our know-how and high-quality resources

Accredited CPD

The NCert/VTCert and VPPCert is awarded by our global qualifications provider ISVPS

Programme Details:

Module Summary
  1. Triage, Monitoring & Stabilisation
  2. Fluid Therapy in the Emergency Patient
  3. DATE TBC Webinar 1: Get ready: Tips to manage different types of shocks
  4. Surgical emergency procedures
  5. Analgesia and Anaesthesia
  6. Emergency and Critical Care in Exotic patients
  7. DATE TBC Webinar 2: Get ready: Tips to manage reproductive and abdominal emergencies
  8. Diagnostic Imaging and the Trauma Patient
  9. Medical emergencies
  10. Nursing the critical patient
  11. DATE TBC Webinar 3: Get ready: Tips to manage the blocked cat and trauma patient
  12. CPR and Key practical skills

Please note the module order may be subject to change

Venue: Online
Date: September 2023 - May 2024

NCert/VPPCert in Emergency and Critical Care Nursing

September 2023 - May 2024
9 Modules
9 Online sessions
3 Webinar
1 Optional Practical Attendance Module
NCert/VPPCert in Emergency and Critical Care Nursing



This course is accredited by ISVPS and allows you to achieve a Nurses Certificate/Veterinary Paraprofessional Certificate


RECOVER Initiative