Infection Control (Apr 2022)


4 week course (10 hours CPD), starting 4th April 2022



Week 1
Principles of Infection Control

  • Disinfectants and gold standard cleaning methods
  • Barrier nursing
  • PPE
  • Environmental swabbing

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

  • Identify components of a gold standard cleaning protocol
  • Appraise a range of disinfectants used in veterinary practice and their uses
  • Examine barrier nursing and its place in infection control procedures
  • Recognise the benefits of environmental swabbing
  • Evaluate PPE and its importance in infection control


Week 2
Surgical Instruments

  • Care and maintenance of instruments
  • Sterilisation methods
  • Indication methods

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

  • Implement care and maintenance protocols to prolong the life of surgical instrumentation
  • Compare and contrast a range of sterilisation methods
  • Appraise a range of sterilisation and cleaning monitoring methods to include recording protocols


Week 3

  • Cleaning protocols
  • Care and maintenance

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

  • Recognise care and maintenance techniques for endoscopes
  • Critique cleaning protocols for endoscopy equipment
  • Review routine endoscope checks to ensure fitness for purpose


Week 4
Considerations for Surgery

  • Patient prepping techniques
  • Anaesthesia considerations
  • Post surgical site infections

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

  • Identify pre-operative procedures for preparing the surgical patient
  • Understand the role of the surgical checklist and its benefits
  • Analyse the relationship between hypothermia and surgical site infections

The course will be fully tutored by Louise Dale, 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:



There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Infection Control (Apr 2022)”

Louise Dale

VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia), A1 Assessor, RVN


Louise qualified as a RVN in 2002 with the PDSA in Batley Leeds.  She then worked in mixed practice for a while before returning to small animals at Oakbeck veterinary Hospital in Harrogate.  Louise then took on a Head Nurse position at Ashland’s Veterinary Centre in Ilkley, where she stayed for 4 years and became an A1 Assessor, completed a supervisory certificate and gained a certificate in animal behaviour.


In 2007, Louise started teaching at Rotherham College as a lecturer in animal care where she completed a level 4 qualification in PTTLS.  In 2009 Louise accepted the full time post of senior surgical nurse at Liverpool University.  Louise completed an NVQ level 3 in Leadership and Management and also her VTS qualification in Anaesthesia and Analgesia.


Louise manages a team of eight theatre staff and organises the day to day running of the theatre at Leahurst Small Animal Teaching Hospital.  Louise thoroughly enjoys her role and has a keen interest in surgical and anaesthesia nursing.

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, 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