Online CPD for Vet Nurses

Anaesthesia Plans and Clinical Cases (*NEW* - May 2023)



Start:  8th May 2023

CPD:   15 hours (UK), 15 points (AUS, NZ) over 6 / 8 weeks 

Level:  Intermediate




Week 1
What is an Anaesthesia Plan?

  • How to construct an individual anaesthesia plan
  • Common anaesthesia-related complications
  • What you need to know about the drugs
  • Very old and very young patients

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Construct an individualised anaesthesia plan
  • Understand common anaesthesia and surgery related complications
  • Appreciate the important effects and side effects of drugs commonly used in the peri-anaesthetic period
  • Understand specific considerations for geriatric and paediatric patients

Week 2
The Anaesthetist’s Worst Nightmares

  • Brachycephalic dogs
  • Obese patients
  • Care! Difficult temperament
  • Some endocrine and medical conditions

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Provide safe anaesthesia for brachycephalic and obese patients
  • Understand how to anaesthetise ‘aggressive’ dogs safely
  • Understand the priorities for sick patients and those with concurrent disease

Week 3
Let’s get Cutting! – Abdominal Surgery

  • Anaesthetic considerations for laparotomy and laparoscopy
  • Case examples

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Provide analgesia and local anaesthesia for abdominal surgery
  • Understand the effects of laparoscopy on the patient’s physiology and how to manage them
  • Discuss the considerations for some particular examples of abdominal surgery

Week 4
Hearts and Lungs

  • Anaesthetic considerations for respiratory disease and thoracic surgery
  • Anaesthetising patients with common cardiac diseases

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Know the requirements of patients with intra-thoracic disease
  • Understand how to manage a patient undergoing a thoracotomy
  • Appreciate the basics of controlled ventilation
  • Provide analgesia and local anaesthesia for thoracic surgery
  • Manage patients with common cardiac diseases

Week 5
Eyes, Brains and Spines

  • Anaesthetic considerations for neurology and ophthalmology patients

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Understand practical and physiological considerations for ocular surgery
  • Explain the basics of neuromuscular blockade
  • Know how to provide analgesia and local anaesthesia for spinal surgery
  • Identify the pathophysiology of intracranial disease and how to manage it
  • Understand the particular difficulties of anaesthesia for magnetic resonance imaging

Week 6
Bringing it all Together – Case Examples

  • Complex procedures and sick patients, plus some orthopaedic procedures

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Understand how to combine patient and procedure related requirements
  • Construct advanced anaesthesia plans
  • Understand how to prioritise the importance of different anaesthetic considerations
  • Provide analgesia and local anaesthesia for some orthopaedic procedures

This course will be fully tutored by Colette Jolliffe and will consist of 15 hours of CPD given in various formats, including tutorials, tasks, case studies, forum discussions and quizzes.

This course is tutored for 6 weeks, followed by a two week extension of untutored ‘catch up’ time, before the course officially ends.

 All delegates will then have unlimited lifetime access to the learning material for future reference.


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Colette Jolliffe



Colette qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 1996, and worked for four years in small animal general practice. She spent the next two years working in industry during which time she developed an interest in anaesthesia, analgesia and ethics. She started a residency in veterinary anaesthesia at the Animal Health Trust in 2003, gaining the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia in 2004 and the European Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2006. She became Head of Anaesthesia at the Animal Health Trust in 2009 and remained there until the Trust’s closure in 2020. She is now part of the anaesthesia team at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists.

This online course is worth 15 hours of CPD.


A certificate will be available from the ‘My Courses’ section, for you to download and print, once you have completed the course.  A permanent record of your total CPD hours will also be recorded in your account section.


The Australian Veterinary Nurse and Technician (AVNAT) Regulatory Council has allocated 15 AVNAT CPD points to this continuing education activity.


This course is also recognised by the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association (NZVNA) as providing 15 CPD points.


Upon purchase you will be registered to attend the course, for 6 weeks from the start date.  The course will consist of various interactive tasks and lessons, including quizzes, case studies, forum discussions and further reading material.


The course is fully tutored, with new material will be provided each Monday morning, but the onus will be on the individual delegate to ensure that all tasks are fully complete.  The certificate will only be issued at the end of the course when all tasks have been accomplished.  Fewer CPD hours will be awarded at the the end of the course if there are unfinished tasks or there has been no contribution to the discussion forum, for example.


The course is fully flexible, and there are no weekly ‘deadlines’ – the lessons and tasks may be completed whenever is convenient for each delegate, and any live lessons with be recorded and made available later that same day.   Furthermore, all the course material will be available for a further 2 weeks, to allow delegates the opportunity to catch up on missed lessons and tasks, or to take the opportunity to delve further into the suggested reading texts.  Please note however, that the course will not be tutored by the speaker during these final two weeks, but the time spent will count towards your CPD hours.


After 8 weeks, the course will be complete and there will be no further opportunity to gain the certificate or CPD hours, however, you will have unlimited lifetime access to the tutorials, further reading and quizzes for future reference.  If you make any personal notes during the course using the ‘take notes’ app, these will be saved, along with your certificate and CPD record for permanent access in ‘My CPD’.


For some further information about our Online Tutored CPD courses – please read our PDF guide to Online Tutored CPD

This course has been listed as ‘Intermediate’ level


All of our courses are aimed at veterinary nurses in general practice, but everyone who works in the veterinary profession is very welcome to attend, whether you are a clinical receptionist, veterinary surgeon, student nurse or have been a qualified nurse for over 20 years!


The courses are not formally assessed for skill level, so the following CPD levels are just a rough guide to help you decide if a course may be more or less suitable:


  • Introduction – maybe most suitable for qualified nurses in general practice approaching a new topic or looking for a refresher course.
  • Intermediate – maybe most suitable for qualified nurses in general practice along with referral / specialist nurses looking for a refresher course
  • Advanced – maybe most suitable for referral / specialist nurses and highly experienced qualified nurses in general practice.

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