Online CPD for Vet Nurses

Theatre Nursing (*NEW* - Jun 2023)



Start:  19th June 2023

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

Level:  Intermediate




Week 1
Preparing for Surgery

  • Organisation of rooms and equipment in the theatre area
  • Scheduling and planning surgical caseload
  • Infection control related to the surgical theatre
  • Preparation of the patient for surgery

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

  • Understand the basics of infection control in the operating theatre
  • Identify the correct order of surgical procedures based on availability of equipment, personnel and rooms
  • Prepare the patient for a range of procedures, including preparation of skin, eyes and mucous membranes
  • Develop infection control protocols relating to procedure in their own practice

Week 2
The Theatre Nurse’s Role

  • Circulating nurse duties
  • Preparing the surgical team
  • Surgical hand preparation
  • Scrub nurse role

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

  • Understand the key qualities and requirements for the circulating nurse and scrub nurse roles
  • Identify the correct products and techniques for an effective surgical hand preparation and be able to demonstrate those
  • Choose appropriate protocols for the preparation of the surgical team
  • Correctly position patients for a range of surgical procedures

Week 3
Instrumentation and Sterilisation

  • Common surgical instrumentation
  • Taking care of your instruments and equipment
  • What happens after surgery!
  • Cleaning, disinfection, and sterilisation

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

  • Identify common surgical instruments and understand their use
  • Develop the skills to take apart and reassemble surgical equipment for the cleaning process
  • Understand the key sterilisation techniques used in veterinary medicine

Week 4
Bringing it all Together – Surgical Skills for Nurses

  • Suture material – what to use and when??
  • Common suture patterns
  • Surgical skills
  • Developing the surgical nurse’s role in practice

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

  • Identify properties of suture material and understand how that helps guide the choice of which one to use
  • Demonstrate common surgical suture patterns that could be performed by a veterinary nurse
  • Understand relevant surgical skills for veterinary nurses and how these can benefit your practice

The course will be fully tutored by Alison Young and will consist of 10 hours of CPD and will be provided in various formats, including tutorials, tasks, case scenarios, 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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Alison Young

DipAVN (Surgical), VTS (Surgery) RVN


Alison qualified as a veterinary nurse whilst working at a small practice in Hertfordshire. She joined the Queen Mother Hospital in 2001 as a general surgery nurse and worked rotating through all areas of the hospital. In 2003 she joined the theatre nursing team and studied for the Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) where she gained the highest marks for that year. Alison gained the VTS (Surgery) in 2015 and is Head Theatre Nurse at the Royal Veterinary College.

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.


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 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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