Five students at the College of Animal Welfare in Cambridgeshire have become the first to achieve the City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Assisting Veterinary Surgeons in the Monitoring of Animal Patients Under Anaesthesia and Sedation.

College of Animal welfare student Linsey Newlove.

The new, nationally recognised qualification is aimed at veterinary care assistants assisting vets with the monitoring of companion animals under anaesthesia and sedation.

It covers areas such as preparation of animals before anaesthesia, assisting with induction and maintenance of sedation or anaesthesia, selection and correct use of equipment and patient care during recovery.

Course tutor Emma Drummond congratulated the successful students – including Linsey Newlove, Kathryn Holmes and Natasha Hodgson – on their achievement.

She said: “The students and their veterinary surgeon mentors felt the course deepened their understanding of assisting with the monitoring of anaesthesia, increased their knowledge of the various elements of the anaesthesia process and enabled them to develop more thorough protocols in practice”.

Miss Newlove said the course had improved her confidence. “It gave me ideas for improvements that could be made and these have now been incorporated into the practice,” she said.

Further information on the course can be found at www.caw.ac.uk

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