Surgical skills and theatre practice for veterinary nurses online

Key Information

CPD Hours: 18 hours

Course Length: Six weeks

Course Format: An intensive tutor-moderated online learning experience. Resources include online presentations, introductory course notes, weekly online activities, supplementary reading and discussion forums with colleagues and the tutors

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07 Jun - 18 Jul 21

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Course Information

Key Areas
  • Theatre practice and the role of the surgical nurse
  • Preparation of the patient for surgery
  • Wound management
  • Basic surgical skills and principles
  • Instrument identification and suture materials
  • Practical surgical skills for minor surgery under the Schedule 3 procedures
  • Post-operative care of the surgical patient
  • Patient care reports
About this course

Are you up-to-date with current surgical nursing practices? Would you like to improve your surgical skills?

Nurses have a key role in preparing patients for surgery as well as caring for them in the post-operative period. This course will refresh your knowledge on surgical nursing practices; from patient and theatre preparation to postoperative care, it will also cover key surgical principles in the context of Schedule 3 nursing techniques. Emphasis will be placed on the inter-professional practice of the veterinary team working toward a common goal. Topics will be fully discussed using forums for us all to learn from each other and to allow you to develop methods that can be practically applied.

Why do this course?
This course is aimed at veterinary nurses keen to build on their existing surgical knowledge, giving you the confidence to develop your practical skills. It will discuss how the surgical nurse is fundamental to the efficient flow of patients through theatre and if there is evidence to support methods and protocols that are commonly used. In addition, you will be provided with a ‘Suture tutor kit’ containing a fake skin pad, suture material and instruments to practice skin closure using a variety of suture patterns.


Lyndsay Wade, MRes BSc (Hons) PGCertVetEd RVN FHEA
Teaching fellow in Veterinary Clinical Skills
The Royal Veterinary College

Alison Young, DipAVN (Surgery) VTS (Surgery) RVN
Cardiothoracic Surgery Service Coordinator and Former Head Theatre Nurse
The Royal Veterinary College