Veterinary Nurse Merit Award in Wound Management launched
9 April 2019
The BSAVA Veterinary Nurse Merit Award (VNMA) in Wound Management has been launched in conjunction with the Veterinary Wound Library. It will be the seventh VNMA offered by the BSAVA.
The Vet Nurse Merit Award in Wound Management is designed to develop veterinary nurses’ knowledge and skills in taking care of patients with wounds. The course, taking place over six months and containing a minimum of 30 hours of CPD, is delivered predominantly online with a practical attendance day. Topics will include wound healing, infection control, bandaging technique and management of scar tissue. All delegates will have access to an online resource with discussion forum as well as free membership of the Veterinary Wound Library for the duration of the course.
Lucie Goodwin, Head of Education at the BSAVA said: “We are proud to be partnering with the Veterinary Wound Library to deliver our latest Veterinary Nurse Merit Award. Vet nurses are an essential part of the veterinary team and the BSAVA is committed to supporting VNs in their academic development. The VNMA in Wound Management has been designed to equip VNs with skills that are immediately applicable to clinical practice which will maximise patient welfare and reduce bandaging complications.”
Georgie Hollis, Founder of the Veterinary Wound Library continued: “I’m absolutely delighted to be working with BSAVA to deliver the new VNMA in wound management. The role of the ‘wound’ nurse has certainly become a reality in recent years and this award aims to help nurses begin their journey towards influencing practice and improving outcomes for their patients and their team.”
The BSAVA Veterinary Nurse Merit Awards are designed for the motivated nurse in primary care practice and offer 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. BSAVA currently offers six awards (ECC and Anaesthesia, Dermatology, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Nursing, Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy and Surgical Nursing). The new award will bring the total to seven and there is also an award in small animal behaviour in development.