Advanced skills for RVNs: Taking your technical skills to the next level

11 weeksRVN

Our nursing members wanted an advanced nursing course that will motivate and inspire them to learn from other experienced and inspirational speakers across a variety of topics. This course aims to be the UK leader in providing a completely holistic approach to CPD for RVNs.

This course will be delivered by a variety of speakers, including EBVS and RCVS recognised Specialists as well as RVNs who hold advanced qualifications (e.g. Advanced certificates/qualifications) or who are recognised experts in their field. The course runs over an eleven week period and is equivalent to 11 hours of CPD/CE. It is delivered via pre-recorded video webinars and supplemented with a real-time discussion forum where delegates can ask questions about specific topic content or about cases that they are experiencing in practice – where they maybe just need a bit of support. There is also 2x Live Q&A elements to this course.

Speakers on this Advanced Skills course include Scott Kilpatrick (internal Medicine Specialist), Ashley Wemple (RVN CertVNECC), Laura Jones (RVN, Dip AVN, VTS Internal Medicine) and Harry Swales (Internal Medicine Specialist) plus other guest speakers.

Course Content

Lesson 1: Bloodwork interpretation… It’s all about the base, about the base, ‘Base Excess!’ Available on 04/10/2021 8:00 am
learning outcomes
  • You know how to run the tests; Let’s look in more detail at what the results mean for your patients.
  • Electrolytes and blood gas analysis can be confusing. In this lesson we will crack the code of acid base!
  • We will review some more unusual tests… from coagulation to Coombs.
Lesson 2: Getting the most from your cytology… Is everything clear? Available on 11/10/2021 8:00 am
learning outcomes
  • Be confident looking under the microscope.
  • Understand the common conditions that can be diagnosed with the help of fine needle aspiration and cytology.
  • Review what other fluids look like under the microscope. Taking the confusion out of effusions.
Lesson 3: The infamous blood smear… How do you make yours? Available on 18/10/2021 8:00 am
learning outcomes
  • Comfortably assess a blood smear from a healthy patient (canine / feline)
  • Identify changes consistent with RBC regeneration & non-regenerative anaemia
  • Identify abnormal RBC distribution and explain when a saline agglutination might be warranted
  • Perform a platelet count
  • Identify types of white blood cells & toxic changes in neutrophils
  • Practically apply the information from blood smears to specific cases such as IMHA, IMTP, parvovirus, chronic renal failure, and more.
Lesson 4: Advanced nutrition… When to reach for the TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition) Available on 25/10/2021 8:00 am
learning outcomes
  • Review what feeding tube options we have and when to use them.
  • Learn the practical elements of tube placement and maintenance.
  • Understand what to feed and when.
  • What is total parenteral nutrition and when do we use it.
Lesson 5: Live Q&A Session (8-9pm GMT) Available on 01/11/2021 8:00 am
learning outcomes
  • Your chance to discuss any cases you have seen in practice or to ask questions.
  • We will bring along a few interesting cases too!
Lesson 6: Tubes, drains & catheters… Understanding the what, how and why? Available on 08/11/2021 8:00 am
learning outcomes
  • The indications for, placement techniques of and nursing care of different feeding tubes
  • Considerations for placing, using and caring for central venous catheters.
  • How to care for and manage patients with chest drains
  • How to place and care for urinary catheters in both male and female patients
  • How to place and maintain arterial catheters
Lesson 7: Fluid therapy in practice… When Hartmanns is the wrong choice! Available on 15/11/2021 8:00 am
learning outcomes
  • When is fluid therapy indicated and what are maintenance fluids/rates
  • Be confident in fluid calculations, even the complicated ones
  • Understand the difference between fluid types and the indications
  • Case based examples
Lesson 8: Advanced Anaesthesia… What the ‘fentanyl’ is happening? Available on 22/11/2021 8:00 am
learning outcomes
  • Understand how to take your anaesthesia skills to the next level.
  • Learn how to maximise your anaesthesia equipment to optimise patient care
  • When anaesthesia goes wrong… Stay calm and carry on!
  • Case based scenarios… Examples to get you thinking?
Lesson 9: Schedule 3 in practice… ‘See one, do one, teach one’ Available on 29/11/2021 8:00 am
learning outcomes
  • Learn what can be done by nurses under schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966
  • Approaches to the most common types of schedule 3 procedures in practice
  • Review suturing principles and techniques
  • Be confident in your approach to planning schedule 3 procedures
Lesson 10: Evidence Based Veterinary Medicine… Your contribution matters Available on 06/12/2021 8:00 am
learning outcomes
  • Understand what EBVM is and why it matters to the veterinary profession.
  • Optimising the nurse’s contribution to EBVM in practice.
  • Have you always thought about writing a veterinary article? Let us talk you through the process and give hints and tips.
Lesson 11: Live Q&A Session (8-9pm GMT) Available on 13/12/2021 8:00 am
learning outcomes
  • Your chance to discuss any cases you have seen in practice or to ask questions.
  • We will bring along a few interesting cases too!

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