Vet Nurse Merit Awards

The Vet Nurse Merit Awards are structured CPD courses for qualified veterinary nurses who have an interest in furthering their knowledge and skills in particular topics, without the commitment of a certificate or diploma.

Each award is worth 30 hours of CPD and is made up of both attendance courses and online activity. The structure of each merit award varies depending on its learning objectives.

The cost for each of the awards is £510.00 Inc. VAT for BSAVA members and £763.00 Inc. VAT for non members.

If you have any questions, please email

ECC and Anaesthesia

The BSAVA Vet Nurse Merit Award in ECC and Anaesthesia is a structured CPD course which counts for 30 hours CPD.

The programme consists of:

  • 10 webinars (each will been run live and recorded so you can catch up if you are not able to make the live event)
  • An online resource which will encourage support in your learning through online activities including a discussion forum.
  • A practical attendance course will take place at Village Hotel, Warrington and 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 various practical sessions.

The course will be finished with an online MCQ assessment and case study which if you complete to a passing grade will be rewarded with a certificate and badge. 

For more information on webinar topics, dates, agenda for the attendance day and to book your place, please visit the course page 

Medical Nursing

The VNMA in Medical Nursing is a unique course aimed at newly qualified nurses and nurses wanting to expand their knowledge within the field of medicine.

The course takes on a broad range of medical diseases and expands on the theory and most importantly the nursing considerations for each of these diseases, meaning nurses will feel more confident in their clinical judgement and understanding of the patient’s specific requirements.

The course also benefits from a species specific programme meaning the lectures delivered will be tailored to either a canine or feline approach. This will ensure a greater understanding of the difference between cats and dogs and allow the Veterinary Nurse to be able to adapt his/her skills to the species.

There will be a practical element to this course which will allow the Veterinary Nurse to feel confident in performing nursing tasks such as placing feeding tubes and preparing chemotherapy agents.

The programme consists of:

  • Online resource opening on 9th May
  • 10 webinars starting on 10th May (full list of dates and topics are listed on booking page)
  • Attendance course taking place on Saturday 2nd September at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire

The programme will be completed with an online MCQ assessment and a case book.

Find out more and book your place

Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy

This award will begin in October 2017 and attendance will take place in Rumney in Cardiff.

Day 1: (13 October) will begin with an overview of the place of nurses in the framework of the rehabilitation team and how the process of rehabilitation is addressed. Practical sessions in examination of the patient will be included.

Day II: (14 October) will continue by looking at different types of therapy available and how they can be applied, assessed and monitored, including hot and cold therapy, acupuncture and electrotherapy. Practical sessions on therapeutic exercises will be included.

Webinar I: (7 November) Tissues response to injury – How to promote healing and why things go wrong.

Day III: (25 November) will cover postoperative rehabilitation and physiotherapy of orthopaedic and spinal patients and will then look at prevention of injuries, weight and mobility and managing the obese patient. Includes practical sessions on hydrotherapy and case examples throughout the day.

Webinar II: (5 December) Therapeutic exercises – a practical approach to what can be achieved in practice

An online assessment and case study will follow these attendance events and at the end of the award you will receive a certificate and badge.

Holders of the award will be expected to complete a refresher course in 5 years.

For more information and to book, please visit the course page 

Diagnostic Imaging

Dates and further details on this course will be released soon.


Dates and further details on this course will be released soon.


"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)

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