Online CPD for Vet Nurses

Anaesthetising Dental Patients (*NEW* - Feb 2023)



Start:  6th February 2023

CPD:   10 hours (UK), 10 points (AUS, NZ) over 4 / 6 weeks

Level:  Intermediate




As RVN’s we can be involved with assisting the surgery for dental treatments, but more often our role within the dentistry suite falls into the role of monitoring and assisting with the anaesthesia plan for our dentistry procedures. This can be a daunting prospect with many factors to consider.  This course will help reduce stress and increase confidence and positivity within the dental suite.


As RVN’s we are also in the perfect position to ensure a high standard of post operative care is provided to our patients, both within the hospital and when they are discharged into the care of their owners.


Week 1
Dentistry Analgesia

  • Different analgesia drugs available
  • Dose selection
  • Routes of administration
  • Drug combinations
  • Local nerve blocks
  • Sides effects of drugs

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

  • Assist the veterinary surgeon in selecting appropriate analgesic drugs for different oral surgeries
  • Be aware of potential side effects of these drugs
  • Alongside the veterinary surgeon, create a tailored drug protocol for each patient to go home with
  • Comfortably calculate analgesic drugs at low doses
  • Be aware of what drugs are suitable as a combination
  • Understand the exclusion or reduced dose of some drugs, regarding co-morbidities
  • Use pain scoring methods and understand what analgesia the patient may need

Week 2
Anaesthesia – Airway Security and Hypothermia

  • How to maintain a patent airway
  • Patient positioning
  • To cuff or not to cuff?
  • Causes of hypothermia
  • Negative effects of hypothermia
  • Preventing and treating hypothermia

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

  • Understand different styles of ET tubes and their benefits and potential negatives
  • Understand appropriate ET tube cuff pressures and why this is so integral to protecting the airway
  • Appreciate techniques to protect the airway
  • Know the gold standard method to move patients under anaesthesia, whilst protecting their airway
  • List the common causes of hypothermia
  • Understand the negative effects of hypothermia
  • Have practical knowledge on how to prevent and treat hypothermia
  • Understand the risk of using some heating devices

Week 3
Anaesthesia – Managing Hypotension

  • Causes of hypotension
  • Negative side effects of hypotension
  • How to obtain accurate blood pressure reading
  • How to prevent hypotension
  • Fluid therapy
  • Anaesthesia drug choices
  • The use of vasopressors and anticholinergics

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

  • Obtain accurate blood pressure readings for cats and dogs under general anaesthesia for dentistry
  • Understand the limitations of blood pressure measurements and trouble shoot potential problems
  • Know what is deemed as an appropriate blood pressure reading under general anaesthetic
  • Know which drugs may interfere with maintaining blood pressure
  • Understand what could happen to our patients if left hypotensive
  • Feel more confident, alongside the veterinary surgeon, in making a treatment plan tailored to each individual patient, to treat any hypotensive episodes

Week 4
Post-operative Care

  • Immediate post op care once extubated
  • Care for patients in the recovery ward
  • Discharge instructions
  • Post op care at home
  • Post op checks

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

  • Maintain and monitor a patent airway in the immediate post-operative period
  • Understand the importance of close monitoring in recovery
  • Create a post-operative plan tailored to each individual patient
  • Feel confident to create discharge instructions for your patient
  • Confidently communicate with the owner about the anaesthesia and surgery the patient has received
  • Perform a thorough physical post-operative check, including the whole patient
  • Understand the best dental care an owner can provide at home, along with alternative options if these goals cannot be met

The course will be fully tutored by Stacey Parker and will consist of 10 hours of CPD given in various formats, including tutorials, tasks, case studies, forum discussions and quizzes.

This course is tutored for 4 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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Stacey Parker

ISFM Cert(FN), NCert (Anaes) & (DENT), RVN


Stacey qualified as an RVN in 2014 and has since gained the NCert in both Anaesthesia and Dentistry, the BVNA Oral Care Nurse Certificate, the BSAVA Merit in Anaesthesia and Emergency Critical Care, and ISFM certificate in Feline Nursing and Advanced Feline Dentistry.


Stacey currently works with Rachel Perry, both a RCVS and European Veterinary Specialist in Dentistry at Perry Referrals. Stacey is passionate about animals’ teeth and veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. Stacey also provides bespoke in-house dental and anaesthesia training sessions for vets and nurses.

This online course is worth 10 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 10 AVNAT CPD points to this continuing education activity.


This course is also recognised by the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association (NZVNA) as providing 10 CPD points.


Upon purchase you will be registered to attend the course, for 4 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 6 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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