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Apr - Nov 2024

Elevate your practice and delve deeper into surgery!

The Advanced Certificate in Surgical Nursing modular veterinary nurse CPD programme is designed for those wanting to advance their surgical skills and build on the knowledge gained in the NCert in Surgical Nursing. In completing the programme, you will cover more advanced surgical techniques and complicated clinical cases, be able to manage a theatre suite, consider all of the elements that impact patients, staff, and infection control, and improve your practice standards with audit and reflection.


What you’ll learn...

  • The programme starts with the management of the surgical suite and would provide expert knowledge for an RVN who is interested in progressing into a specialised surgical management role. 

  • The modules encourage evaluation and reflection of the current theatre guidelines, protocols, and systems in your practice and implementing changes as required.  

  • The importance of surgical day planning, preparation, and communication in order to work most effectively are discussed, alongside current antibiotic guidelines and the concept of a biofilm with the infection control aspect of theatre maintenance covered from a sustainability perspective.  

  • Specific areas of surgery; thoracic, abdominal, neurological, airway, PSS, etc. looking at the pre-, peri, and post-operative considerations for each of these.  

  • While also including information on stabilisation prior to surgery, the use of ventilators, chest and wound drains, bone grafting, nerve blocks, and post-op monitoring amongst other aspects of surgical nursing involvement.  


Why choose this programme?

  • This Advanced NCert encourages the reflection and analysis of current protocols, systems, and nursing care provided so that you can regularly evaluate and make improvements to keep in line with new evidence-based research and provide a gold standard of care to patients.  

  • Provides content in an engaging and interactive way that covers advanced surgery, equipment, and levels of nursing involvement in greater depth. The knowledge and skills gained will equip you to take on a more specialised role within this discipline.  

  • This programme can be undertaken by either referral or general practice veterinary nurses and will provide the framework to direct your own learning but also create links and connections within the veterinary surgery community by interacting and engaging with the discussion forum.    


Understanding pre-requisites 

Although no prerequisite is required to join the Nurse Advanced Certificate training programme and achieve its associated ISVPS (International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies) qualification, it is strongly recommended that delegates considering enrolling in the programme:  

  • Have previously achieved an ISVPS NCert in Surgical Nursing (or its academic equivalent),   


  • Have 5+ years’ experience in general practiceas a Veterinary Nurse. So that you are confident in your knowledge of common surgical procedures and have an appreciation of resource material from where further research can be undertaken into more unusual conditions and/or situations. An understanding of normal anatomy and physiology, and how these impact on the pathogenesis and surgical treatment of various conditions will be also expected.

Unlock Your Expertise, hear from Allison Mann, BSc (hons) Dip HE CVN Dip AVN (small animal) RVN, Advanced Surgical Nursing Course Director

Our Advanced Surgical Nursing Programme is designed for veterinary nurses wanting to advance their surgical nursing skills and build on their knowledge.

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Key features of this programme

Comprehensive 100% online training
One year RCVS Knowledge Library access
Discussion forum
Recognised Course Director
Dedicated Programme Coordinator
Accredited CPD

Programme Details

Module Summary


The Course Includes

Venue: Online
Date: Apr - Nov 2024

Nursing Advanced Certificate Surgical Nursing

8 Modules
4 Online sessions
4 Webinars
Nursing Advanced Certificate Surgical Nursing
Price From £2,778.00 + VAT
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