The Veterinary Training Camp

Veterinary Nurses

The veterinary nurse course is ideal for those wanting to perform charity work overseas but also wanting to further their anaesthesia and surgical knowledge.

The principle behind the course is to use your senses (touch, sight, hearing, smell) and utilise your knowledge in a new environment. At the end of the course you will have a better appreciation of what you are attempting to achieve with anaesthesia and why you are doing it as well as understanding what you are seeing and influencing at the level of the animal.

The aim is to be able to have a sound basic understanding of anaesthesia and comfortably apply this in different situations

Subject Areas

  • Pre operative assessment
  • Behaviour, body language and handling
  • Preparation - maximising asespsis in imperfect conditions
  • Anaesthesia and anaesthetic monitoring
  • The use of injectable anaesthesia
  • Drug dosages and calculation
  • Post operative care
  • Anaesthetic emergencies (theory only!)
  • Parasitology
The surgeries performed will be mostly bitch spays and dog castrates but other procedures may be performed depending upon the dogs that arrive at the shelter.
There will be the opportunity to develop your intubation and injection techniques (intravenous, intramuscular and subcutaneous).

The anaesthetic combinations used will be mostly injectable rather than inhalation. We may be using drugs you are not familiar with requiring you to use your skills and knowledge to the full.

Other subject areas may be covered on request. Course content between camps may vary slightly depending upon the cases we have access to.

Only three nurse placements are available per camp allowing you to receive individual guidance and support. This also maximises the amount of practical experience you will receive.

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