Vet Nurse Merit Awards

The Vet Nurse Merit Awards are designed for the motivated nurse in primary care practice and offers structured CPD for qualified veterinary nurses who have an interest in developing their knowledge and skills in particular topics, 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 30 hours of CPD. Following completion of the teaching, there is an assessment designed to be relevant to clinical practice, 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.

The cost for each of the award is £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. 

The course will finish with an online assessment.

The next award in Wound Managment will begin in July 2019.

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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 webinars (each 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.  

The course will finish with an online MCQ assessment and completion of a case study.

The next award in ECC and Anaesthesia will begin in May 2019.

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Medical Nursing

The BSAVA Vet Nurse Merit Award in Medical Nursing will develop your skills and knowledge in canine and feline medicine, with topics including endocrinology, GIT and kidney disease and oncology. The programme consists of:

  • 10 webinars (each 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 practical sessions including blood transfusion, safe handling of oncological drugs and central line placement

The course will finish with an online MCQ assessment and completion of a case study.

The next award in Medical Nursing is due to take place in July 2019.

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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 enhanced by an online resource which will encourage and support you in your learning.

The course will finish with an online MCQ assessment and completion of a case study.

The next award in Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy is due to take place in the autumn of 2019.

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Surgical Nursing

The BSAVA Vet Nurse Merit Award in Surgical Nursing will develop your skills across a broad range of surgical topics from good theatre practice to post-operative patient care.

The programme consists of:

  • 10 webinars (each 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 practical sessions including preparing for surgery, suturing and wound management as well as discussion of case scenarios.

The course will finish with an online MCQ assessment and completion of a case study.

The next award in surgical nursing will begin in September 2019. Find out more and book

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) enhanced by an online resource which will encourage and support in your learning.

The course will finish with an online MCQ assessment and case study.

The next award in Dermatology will begin in June 2019.

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Testimonials

"I learnt a lot and feel more confident about the subject."
(Wildlife VNMA)

"This was an excellent course. I got a lot more out of it than other courses I have done on this subject."
(Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy VNMA)

"Thank you so much. I loved the course and learnt so much and am using what I have learnt all the time in practice."
(Dermatology VNMA)

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.

How many hours of CPD does the VN Merit Award count towards?
On completion of the VN Merit Award, you will have gained 30 hours of professional CPD.

Subjects coming soon ...

Behaviour
We are excited to be developing a VNMA in Behaviour which will be delivered entirely online.

If you are interested in any of these subjects, or have suggestions for BSAVA to develop more subjects please emails us courses@bsava.com

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. 

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