Tutored Online CPD

Anaesthesia Refresher (Sept 2024)

£205.00 Ex VAT

Start:  30th September 2024
CPD:    10 hours (UK), 10 points (AUS, NZ) over 4 / 6 weeks
Level:  Introduction


This course is aimed at nurses working in general practice

This four week course is designed to be a refresher in routine anaesthesia, and will cover the most up-to-date and relevant information.  This course may be most beneficial for nurses returning to work following a career break, or for nurses working in a different field (for example specialist medicine nurses) wishing to keep their anaesthesia knowledge refreshed and updated


Week 1

Preparation and Premedication

Preparing for what may happen is the key to anaesthesia. We will discuss how to approach an anaesthetic and the difference premedication can have on the patient and the anaesthetic that follows.


  • Preparedness
  • Considerations
  • Safe and effective premedication
  • Calculations for anaesthesia
  • Fasting periods
  • Medication that may be given prior to the visit

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


  • List generalised considerations for preparing to anaesthetise routine cases
  • Confidently provide premedication prior to anaesthesia in a safe and controlled manner
  • Give advice on how long to withhold food before anaesthesia for a variety of different patients


Week 2


This week will cover the induction process, how to manage different case scenarios and guide you through intubation techniques.


  • Selection of an appropriate breathing system
  • Preoxygenation
  • Intubation for different cases

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


  • Select an appropriate breathing system and calculate the fresh gas flow required
  • Understand the physiology of preoxygenation, and how to do this effectively
  • Confidently approach intubation in both routine cases and those with anatomical variations


Week 3


For many, the maintenance phase of anaesthesia can be daunting, this week we will discuss monitoring and fluid therapy during anaesthesia.


  • Multiparameter monitors
  • Hypotension
  • Fluid therapy during anaesthesia
  • Low flow anaesthesia
  • Environmental considerations

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


  • Feel confident using multiparameter monitors and interpret the information given
  • Appreciate the physiology of and importance of monitoring blood pressure effectively
  • Select an appropriate fluid rate during anaesthesia
  • Select an appropriate fresh gas flow rate during maintenance of anaesthesia
  • Recognise some of the environmental impacts of anaesthesia

Week 4


The recovery phase is an area with high mortality in small animal patients, this week will cover how to make this phase of anaesthesia both calm and safe.


  • Practicalities of recovery
  • Monitoring post-anaesthetic
  • Pain scoring

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


  • Understanding the risks associated with and the necessity for monitoring patients in recovery
  • Confidently perform pain scoring assessments on patients following surgery


The course will be fully tutored by William McFadzean 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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Will McFadzean  BVetMed, CertAVP(VA), DipECVAA, MRCVS
RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, Cave Veterinary Specialists


Will graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2010 and then completed an internship in a first opinion hospital in York. He then started a residency in anaesthesia and analgesia at Bristol University in 2014 which he completed in 2016 and finished his residency in 2017.  Will joined Cave Veterinary Specialists in 2017 and passed his specialist diploma exam in 2019. Will was made Head of Specialist Services in 2021, leading the anaesthesia and imaging departments.


Australia and New Zealand 

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.


CPD Hours

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’


This course has been listed as ‘Introduction’ 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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