Flexi Online CPD

Approach to Pain Relief for Surgical Patients – Flexi CPD

£155.00 Ex VAT

Type:  Flexi CPD 
Start:  On-demand / Unlimited Lifetime Access
CPD:    8 hours (UK), 8 points (AUS, NZ)
Level:  Introduction / Intermediate



This CPD course is aimed at vet nurses in general practice


This flexi CPD series on pain management leads through why pain relief is so important, the pain pathway, multimodal analgesic plans, constant rate infusions, local anaesthesia blocks, the impact of analgesia on anaesthesia, pain assessment methods and ends with some surgical case examples. The tutorials are focussed on the surgical candidate but also give information to provide analgesic considerations for the conscious patient. You will finish this course understanding how and why to assess, consider, plan and re-assess your patient to provide the best method of analgesia for them.

Module 1

An Overview of Pain
  • What is pain?
  • Why is analgesia important?
  • The pain pathway
  • Acute and chronic pain
  • Nursing considerations

Module 2

Systemic Analgesia
  • Drug choices – NSAIDs, opioids, paracetamol, local anaesthetics, alpha 2 agonists, NMDA antagonists
  • Multi-modal analgesia plans
  • Constant rate infusions
  • Effects of analgesia on anaesthesia

Module 3

Local Analgesia
  • Local anaesthetic agents
  • Local blocks
  • Epidurals
  • Assessment of pain responses

Module 4

Clinical Cases
  • Analgesia considerations in common surgeries:
    • Neutering
    • Dentistry
    • Foreign body removal / exploratory laparotomy
    • GDV
    • Caesarean section
    • Enucleation
    • Forelimb and hindlimb surgery

The course will be available immediately following purchase, with unlimited lifetime access and will provide a total of 8 hours of CPD (UK), or 8 points (Australia and New Zealand).

Release date: Apr 2023

3 reviews for Approach to Pain Relief for Surgical Patients – Flexi CPD

  1. Lucy Doyle

    Good, the speaker was very informative and easy to listen to

    Rated: Intermediate level
    (Qualified RVN in general practice <5 years - UK)

  2. Lucy Hendry

    I really enjoyed the course content. It was a combination of a refresher alongside some new information which I can take back to my practice.

    Rated: Intermediate level
    (Qualified RVN in general practice <5 years - UK)

  3. Marie Anguige

    Easy to follow lecture PowerPoints. Good amount of detail included and very interesting.

    Rated: Intermediate level
    (Referral or specialist RVN – UK)

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Liza Ebeck RVN, NCert Anaesthesia
Willows Veterinary Group


Liza qualified as a VN in 2001 and moved from small animal practice to the University of Glasgow Small Animal Hospital where she worked as a surgical and theatre nurse for nearly 4 years. She then made a move to the University of Liverpool Small Animal Teaching Hospital as Anaesthesia Nurse and proceeded to move through several disciplines within the SATH over 15 years, including Cardiology Service Nurse, Patient Care & ICU and Surgical Nurse before settling back into the theatre team.  Liza enjoys learning new skills, gaining new experience and has a keen interest in anaesthesia and cardiology. In 2022 Liza took up the position of Head Nurse at Willows Veterinary Group.


Upon purchase you will be immediately registered to attend the course, with unlimited lifetime access.  The course will consist of four modules, where each module provides 2 hours of CPD, in the form of a tutorial, a quiz and also a selection of further reading journals, articles or book chapters.


The course is completely flexible, where all the learning resources are provided immediately – it is designed for you to complete one module per week, but it is completely up to you, how and when you decide to complete the course. You have unlimited lifetime access to all the supportive learning materials, and once you have completed the whole course, a certificate will be automatically generated.


Looking for some further information? – please have a look at our Flexi Online CPD Courses – PDF Guide

CPD Hours

This online course is worth 8 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.


Australia and New Zealand 

The Australian Veterinary Nurse and Technician (AVNAT) Regulatory Council has allocated 8 AVNAT CPD points to this continuing education activity.


This course is also recognised by the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association (NZVNA) as providing 8 CPD points.



This course has been listed as ‘Introduction / 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:


– maybe most suitable for qualified nurses in general practice approaching a new topic or looking for a refresher course

– maybe most suitable for qualified nurses in general practice along with referral / specialist nurses looking for a refresher course

– maybe most suitable for referral / specialist nurses and highly experienced qualified nurses in general practice


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