Medical Marvels: Advanced medicine skills for RVNs

8 weeksVeterinary Nursing10 CPD hours

This veterinary thought exchange online tutored course takes a more detailed look at the common medical conditions that affect our patients, and how we can manage them as nurses. Medical nursing is a huge area of potential for the veterinary nurse – we can really make a difference to these patients! They often have complex conditions and comorbidities, requiring a number of diagnostic tests, procedures and potentially length hospital stays. The veterinary nurse plays an integral role in managing these patients – from spotting the signs of disease or deterioration, collecting samples and performing diagnostic tests, to caring for these patients in the hospital and beyond.

In this course we will examine the common diseases affecting our patients – including endocrine, renal, respiratory, gastrointestinal, hepatic and haematopoieitic disorders. We will look at how these diseases affect our patients, and how we support these patients as nurses.

The course is run by Laura Jones (RVN and Veterinary Technician Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine) over a eight week period, and takes around 10 hours to complete. It is made up of  webinars, and a real-time discussion forum for you to ask questions with the course tutor and share cases you may be nursing in your own clinic. 

Access to this course is for 12 months from the start of the course going live on our website. The discussion forum will be monitored for the course duration only.

Course Content

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Lesson 1: Endocrine disorders (Part 1) 1 Quiz Available on 16/09/2024 8:00 am 16/09/2024
learning outcomes
  • To understand how diabetes mellitus affects cats and dogs
  • To recognise the difference in pathophysiology and treatment between diabetes mellitus and diabetic ketoacidosis
  • To understand the nursing requirements for diabetic and DKA patients
Lesson 2: Endocrine disorders (Part 2) 1 Quiz Available on 23/09/2024 8:00 am 23/09/2024
learning outcomes
  • To be able to perform different diagnostic tests for patients with thyroid and adrenal disorders
  • To understand the nursing considerations for patients with hypo and hyperthyroidism
  • To understand the nursing considerations for patients with hypercortisolism and hyperadrenocorticism
Lesson 3: Gastrointestinal disorders 1 Quiz Available on 30/09/2024 8:00 am 30/09/2024
learning outcomes
  • To understand the common GI disorders encountered in practice
  • To understand how to support patients during gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • To appreciate the nursing care considerations for GI disorders, including nutritional management
Lesson 4: Liver disorders 1 Quiz Available on 07/10/2024 8:00 am 07/10/2024
learning outcomes
  • To understand the common hepatic disorders encountered, including chronic hepatitis, portosystemic shunts, cholangiohepatitis and hepatic lipidosis
  • To understand the diagnostics performed in liver disease, and what they mean
  • To be able to plan nursing care for patients with liver disease
Lesson 5: Respiratory disorders 1 Quiz Available on 14/10/2024 8:00 am 14/10/2024
learning outcomes
  • To understand how to triage and assess respiratory emergencies
  • To appreciate the common respiratory diagnostics performed, and how to support the patient during these investigations
  • To understand how to nurse respiratory patients
Lesson 6: Renal disorders 1 Quiz Available on 21/10/2024 8:00 am 21/10/2024
learning outcomes
  • To understand the difference between chronic kidney disease and acute kidney injury
  • To appreciate the different diagnostic tests performed on these patients, and why
  • To be able to plan nursing care for patients with renal disorders
Lesson 7: Haematology disorders 1 Quiz Available on 28/10/2024 8:00 am 28/10/2024
learning outcomes
  • To appreciate how anaemia affects our patients, and how to nurse anaemic patients
  • To understand common bleeding disorders and how to nurse the bleeding patient
  • To understand which blood products are used for these patients and why
Lesson 8: Planning medical patient care 1 Quiz Available on 04/11/2024 8:00 am 04/11/2024
learning outcomes
  • To be able to plan the nursing care for 4 patients with different medical disorders.

Meet the speakers

Laura Jones

RVN & VTS (Small Animal Internal Medicine)

Laura Jones qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2010, gained the DipAVN in 2014 and completed a degree in advanced veterinary nursing in 2017. Laura joined a newly-opened referral centre in Hampshire in 2015, to support and develop the Internal Medicine service. Here, her passion for medical nursing grew, leading to Veterinary Technician Specialist certification in small animal internal medicine in 2019. That same year, Laura developed a social media page and website, "Veterinary Internal Medicine Nursing', to educate and inspire nurses wanting to learn about medical patients, and speaks nationally on a variety of medical nursing topics. Laura currently works at The Ralph Referral Centre, where she nurses both high-dependency and medical patients, whilst leading the team of internal medicine nurses.

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