Vet Nurse Merit Awards

The Veterinary Nurse Merit Awards are designed for the motivated nurse in primary care practice, offering structured CPD for qualified VNs who have an interest in developing their knowledge and skills, without the commitment of a certificate or diploma. 

The awards are delivered in a blended fashion (combination of online teaching and attendance days) and are worth between 30 - 50 hours of CPD, depending on the subject. Following completion of the teaching, there is a clinically relevant assessment which will further enhance the learning experience. VNs who successfully complete the course will be awarded a BSAVA Veterinary Nurse Merit Award in their chosen subject.

What do the VNMA’s offer?

  • Teaching from outstanding speakers delivering practical and clinically relevant information
  • An opportunity to develop discipline based knowledge and skills which will be invaluable in practice
  • Flexible yet structured study
  •  A new confidence and enthusiasm in assisting the clinical team and running clinics
  •  A source of like-minded individuals to discuss cases with, and build friendships along the way
  •  Support throughout your studies

Prices start from £525.00 Inc. VAT for BSAVA members and £787.50 Inc. VAT for non members

If you have any questions, please email courses@bsava.com

Wound Management

The BSAVA Vet Nurse Merit Award in Wound Management will develop your skills and knowledge in the topic, ranging from physiology of wound healing to when to refer or not. Wound cleansing, debridement and scar tissue management will be covered along with bandaging techniques.

The programme consists of:

  • 10 online sessions including webinars which will be recorded so you can listen at your leisure
  • An online resource which will encourage support in your learning through online activities including a discussion forum.
  • A practical attendance course will give you chance to meet the colleagues who have been studying at the same time as you and to get your hands on experience in practical sessions. 
  • 30 hours CPD

The course will finish with an online assessment.

The next award in Wound Management will begin May 2020

Booking will be available shortly

Booking will be avaiable shortly. 

ECC and Anaesthesia

The BSAVA Vet Nurse Merit Award in ECC and Anaesthesia will develop your skills and knowledge in ECC and anaesthesia, ranging from triage and shock, to anaesthesia in cardiac patients and head trauma.  

The programme consists of:

  • 10 online sessions including webinars which will be recorded so you can listen at your leisure
  • An online resource which will encourage support in your learning through online activities including a discussion forum
  • A practical attendance course will give you chance to meet the colleagues who have been studying at the same time as you and to get your hands on experience in practical sessions covering feeding tubes, drains, vascular access techniques and CPR. 
  • 30 hours CPD

The course will finish with an online assessment

The next award in ECC and Anaesthesia will begin in March 2020

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Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy

Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy

The BSAVA Vet Nurse Merit Award in Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy is designed to provide a basic introduction into the discipline of canine rehabilitation through a mixture of lectures and hands on practice. It is designed to provide a brief review of canine musculoskeletal anatomy focusing on anatomical land-marks and forelimb flexors and extensors as well as they key muscles of the trunk and neck. This section is essential to allow the candidate to develop a degree of proficiency in palpation and examination of the rehabilitation patient. It also covers the basics of gait analysis. The course will cover hot and cold therapy, manual therapy and exercise based rehabilitation, as well as the use of the use of electrotherapies and hydrotherapy. The programme consists of:

3 days of practical attendance courses

  • An online resource which will encourage support in your learning through online activities including a discussion forum
  • The course will finish with an online assessment
  • 30 hours CPD

The next award in Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy will begin September 2020.

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Diagnostic Imaging

The BSAVA Vet Nurse Merit Award in Diagnostic Imaging will develop your knowledge of imaging

techniques relevant to small animal practice enhancing your confidence in assisting with

Imaging procedures. The programme consists of:

  • 10 online sessions including webinars which will be recorded so you can listen at your leisure
  • An online resource which will encourage support in your learning through online activities including a discussion forum
  • A practical course giving you the chance to meet your colleagues who have been studying at the same time as you and to get some hands on experience in various practical sessions.
  • The course will finish with an online assessment.
  • 30 hours CPD

The next award in Diagnostic Imaging will begin September 2020

Booking will be available shortly

Behaviour

The Vet Nurse Merit Award in Behaviour is our first fully online VNMA, worth 50 CPD hours. The award gives delegates an introduction to companion animal behaviour and will cover behaviour concepts and requirements of cats, dogs and a variety of exotic species. By the end of the course, you will be able to recognise the common abnormal behaviours in pets and will learn how to address them, resulting in improved patient outcome and effecting positive changes to human – animal interactions.

The programme consists of

  • 12 online units containing recorded webinars, supporting notes and online tasks
  • A new unit released every two - three weeks to keep your learning moving forward but allowing flexibility
  • Online support with your tutors and colleagues through a variety of online discussion forums.
  • The course will finish with an online assessment.
  • 50 hours CPD

The next award in Behaviour will begin early 2020

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Dermatology

The BSAVA Vet Nurse Merit Award in Dermatology will increase your knowledge in veterinary dermatology and provide practical training in diagnostic techniques giving you the confidence to take your new found skills back to your nurse clinics and practice. The programme consists of:

  • 3 days of attendance courses (2 theory and 1 practical)
  • An online resource which will encourage support in your learning through online activities including a discussion forum
  • The course will finish with an online assessment
  • 30 hours CPD

The next award in Dermatology will begin in April 2020

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FAQ's

What is the criteria for enrolment?

You must be a qualified veterinary nurse. Due to the nature of the final case study, it is preferable for you to be working in practice. However, if you are not in practice but still wish to enrol, please contact us.

Are the VN Merit Awards accredited by a professional examining body?

This course is not formally accredited; rather it provides high-quality CPD that will enhance your theoretical and practical understanding of a subject area. If you complete the course successfully, you will receive a certificate and a badge.

Is the practical course compulsory?

If a practical is included in the programme, then yes you are expected to attend.

Testimonials


Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy VNMA - Josie Lees RVN 


"It’s a really great course I learnt a lot and it has really helped grow my confidence in the area and I have built quite a client base who come in regularly for physio and rehab, we have even had a few dogs avoid needing surgery. The practice has even invested in new equipment. It’s definitely worth it!"

 






Dermatology VNMA - Jody Barry BSc (Hons) RVN


"I would say do not hesitate to enrol. I have been in practice for 17 years and this is the best course I have ever undertaken. The days were well structured, the tutors excellent and the learning materials invaluable.

This course provides candidates with the tools to practically increase their skill set and bring so much more to their clients and practice. It has furthered my career in ways no other course has managed."

 

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