Support and guidance lie at the heart of Cutting Edge, an initiative from Vets Now enabling vets to carve out a new career in emergency and critical care (ECC).

Now in its eighth intake and with the ninth programme beginning on June 30, Cutting Edge provides candidates with a salary from day one and leads to a permanent full-time job with Vets Now.

All those taking part in the ECC training course also benefit from:

  • Four weeks of in-clinic shifts working alongside experienced and enthusiastic Vets Now vet
  • Two 3-week residential blocks consisting of small group sessions focusing on the fundamentals of ECC, as well as practical sessions on blood smears, CPR and ultrasound
  • Cadaver training providing an opportunity to carry out a range of surgical and medical procedures
  • Continual support, advice and tips on coping with night work
  • Confidence building and encouragement to enable candidates to exercise clinical freedom.

ECC diplomate Amanda Boag, the creator of Cutting Edge, said: “Candidates who sign up for the fast track, 10-week induction course receive help and advice every step of the way.”

Each vet on the programme will work 12 clinical shifts alongside Vets Now emergency vets, allowing them to deal with real ECC cases in a supportive environment.

Aoife O’Sullivan, of Vets Now, said: “This course is a fantastic opportunity for vets to build confidence and gain experience prior to working sole charge in emergency practice.

“At Vets Now we firmly believe our vets should have clinical freedom so the Cutting Edge training programme fully equips and supports our vets to feel confident making the best clinical decisions for their patients.”

Cutting Edge has a practical focus on learning, with a two-day cadaver surgical training session to help prepare candidates for complicated surgical and medical cases they may not have seen before.

This enables those on the course to practise surgical procedures including gastrointestinal tract surgery, gastropexy and splenectomy, as well as medical procedures such as placing central lines and feeding tubes.

For many, coping with night work can be a real concern, but Vets Now have practical experience of this issue with a team of vets available to answer questions and offer help and advice to candidates.

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