Sue Paterson, VNMA speaker, talks about the Vet Nurse Merit Award in Dermatology
The VN merit awards were launched to provide veterinary nurses with an opportunity for further study in a range of different disciplines. As a RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology I have naturally championed the dermatology award. Like all the other awards it is designed to be accessible and achievable from primary care practice and its aim is to provide nurses with the tools to make a significant contribution to the vet led team. I encourage all of the nurses I lecture to, to become more involved in dermatology cases when they complete their course and many have gone on to run dedicated nurse dermatology clinics.
All award instruction has a strong practical component and the dermatology award is no different. There is a whole day of hands on practical work when nurses are guided through basic investigative techniques by dermatology specialists. All of the courses encompass on line instruction in the form of webinars which of course provides nurses with the ability for flexible home study. In addition some awards like the dermatology award include face to face lecture time.
After completion of the course and on passing a short exam at the end of the instruction period, nurses are awarded a VN merit award certificate and a badge.
I have been hugely impressed how motivated the nurses have been that have attended the numerous courses we have now run and how empowered many have been after completing their course.