Nurse Clinics (Sept 2021)


4 week course (10 hours CPD), starting 13th September 2021


Week 1

Consulting skills

  • Communication in clinics
  • Consultation skills
  • Content of your clinic
  • Standardisation of the clinics
  • Charging for clinics

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the week delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the process of consulting
  • Understand the importance of communication, the customer journey and improving outcomes
  • Understand the importance of protocols for clinic content and the running of these clinics

Week 2

Lifestage clinics

  • Puppy and kitten clinics
  • Senior clinics
  • Other lifestage clinics
  • What to include
  • Timings of clinics

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the second week, delegates will be able to:

  • Timings of clinics and how these will improve client education and binding to the practice
  • Understand the content for these clinics and what to discuss with clients at this time
  • Understand the elements of preventative healthcare.

Week 3

Obesity and mobility clinics

  • Content of mobility and obesity clinics
  • Nutritional requirements for obesity
  • Client motivation

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the third week, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the content to include for each of these clinics
  • Learn how to calculate feeding amounts, what treats (if any) we can feed and exercise regimes.
  • Understand how environmental adaptations can improve QOL for our pets with mobility issues
  • Understand the role of supplements in these cases
  • Discuss methods of how to motivate clients

Week 4

Practical aspects of running clinics

  • How to increase client numbers
  • Client compliance
  • Making recommendations

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the fourth week, delegates will be able to:

  • How to increase compliance in clinics
  • How to increase numbers coming into clinics, and increasing recommendations to the clinics.
  • How to talk to clients about nutrition – and nutritional fashions.
  • Understand the importance of nutritional assessments in all of the nurse clinics

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


For some further information about our Online Tutored CPD courses - please open the guide below:

Nicola Ackerman

BSc (Hons), Cert SAN, Cert ECC, VTS (Nutrition), A1 V1 C-SQP Hons, RVN


Nicola works as the Head Medicine Nurse at The Veterinary Hospital in Plymouth. Nicola is past officer of the BVNA and editor of Veterinary Nursing Journal, and is currently the chair of The Pet Obesity Taskforce. Nicola sits on the Veterinary Products Committee for the VMD. Nicola has written for many veterinary publications and textbooks, and has won several Veterinary Nursing Awards. Nicola gained the VTS in Nutrition in the summer of 2014.


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.


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 weekly, 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 in that format.   Furthermore, all the course material (excluding the interactive discussion forum) 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.


After 6 weeks, all learning material will be cleared from the delegate’s account, so please ensure any important course notes or information is saved to your personal computer before this time.  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