Nurses Course

Transfusion Medicine

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

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July 2023 - August 2024

The best online guidance to safe blood transfusion and management

Blood transfusions have been used to save lives for hundreds of years and their benefits are well documented. In veterinary practices, the use of transfusion medicine has become increasingly popular due to its effectiveness in treating both critically ill and surgical patients. This new online learning Nurse Certificate (NCert), Veterinary Technician (VTCert) and Veterinary Paraprofessional (VPPCert)  Programme in Transfusion Medicine, accredited by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS), aims to help veterinary professionals improve their knowledge in all aspects of transfusion medicine, from understanding when a transfusion is required to the different techniques for safe blood collection and administration.

How can you become proficient in veterinary transfusion medicine?

This programme will guide you through 8 online modules, each module is built around six lessons, two reflective studies, different course notes and weekly summary videos. The interactive approach of each session will help you retain new knowledge more effectively, with regular assessments testing your skills as you progress. As with all our high-quality online programmes, this course also benefits from the latest technology and from the guidance of renowned veterinary professionals.

Topics will range between several key subjects within transfusion medicine, such as blood banking, product management, conditions such as anaemia and adverse transfusion reactions, among others. The fundamental principles of blood types will be covered, and discussion will be held around how and when to use compatibility testing to maximise transfusion efficacy. The course will provide a good understanding of the aims and risks of transfusions.

Access the best online knowledge, suitable for all professional stages

Whether you are an experienced veterinary nurse/technician or still in the early stage of your career, this course will give you valuable insights that can help you save lives and grow professionally – both in referral and general practices. Our programme is delivered in partnership with the Pet Blood Bank UK.

Learn how to take a proactive and significant role in transfusion cases and promote an evidence-based practice with the leading online CPD providers.

What you'll learn:

8 varied modules

Covering key topics in transfusion medicine 

Support from the Module Tutor

A tutor who specialises in the module subject will provide online support during each module and will be available to answer all your questions

Leading online learning experience

Presentations, written notes, diagrams, interactive quizzes, 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

Recognised Course Director

Helen Rooney BSc (Hons) CVN, Cert Ed, Dip AVN (Medical), Cert ECCVN, RVN oversees the programme ensuring the latest content

Four sessions per month

Each module consists of four sessions spread over one month. Sessions comprise separate lessons and case-based studies to work through at your own pace

100% online

Giving you access 24/7 via our world-leading Learning Management Platform

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

Interactive and engaging modules

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


Join the global veterinary online learning CE 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. Blood banking and component therapy
  2. Blood products, product management and whole blood collection
  3. Erythrocyte antigens and the immune system
  4. Anaemia
  5. Haemostasis and common coagulation abnormalities
  6. Transfusion considerations and blood product administration
  7. Adverse transfusion reactions
  8. Autotransfusions, cell salvage, xenotransfusions and transfusion in other species

Please note the module order may be subject to change


The Transfusion Medicine Programme offers you a comprehensive range of structured learning with the ultimate flexibility to access the training that you want whilst working around your busy practice life.

Veterinary Nurse, Technician and Paraprofessional Certificates

To be eligible to sit the Veterinary Nurse, Technician or Paraprofessional Certificate examination, candidates must complete the ISVPS accredited course of study with Improve International.  In addition to the taught modular programme, candidates are required to complete further study in their own time as well as submit course work and sit a final online examination.  Please refer to the individual subject for further information.

Qualified veterinary nurses are eligible to achieve a Nurses certificate (NCert), qualified veterinary Technicians are eligible to achieve a veterinary technicians certificate (VTCert) and veterinary staff who meet the required criteria are eligible to achieve a veterinary paraprofessional certificate (VPPCert).

Venue: online
Date: July 2023 - August 2024

NCert/VPPCert in Transfusion Medicine

July 2023 - August 2024
8 Modules
8 Online sessions
NCert/VPPCert in Transfusion Medicine



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


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