The College of Animal Welfare (CAW) has announced registration has opened for its 2015 Training Practice Congress.

The two-day congress is dedicated to those who train veterinary nurses in practice.

The congress – two days of CPD for clinical coaches – is to take place on March 16 and 17 at Milton Keynes Conference Centre, located just off the M1.

According to CAW, the two days will concentrate on:

  • support skills
  • teaching and training
  • legislation and regulation

In the support skills section, chartered occupational psychologist Helen Frewin is back by popular demand to discuss how to prevent difficult students by ensuring they fit into the practice team as quickly as possible. On day two, she will consider whether such students can be “cured”. Anne-Marie Aylott of Purple Cat Coaching, meanwhile, will be speaking about time management.

Under teaching and training, City and Guilds will provide an update on the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing programme, while veterinary nursing examiner Jane Davidson will share her top 10 Objective Structured Clinical Examination troubleshooting tips. Elsewhere, CAW’s Caroline Blake will look at what can be studied or practiced with a student if there’s a spare half an hour and CAW’s Potters Bar centre manager Claire Defries will discuss how to help students write nursing care plans in practice.

Talks concentrating on legislation and regulation include an appearance from VN council chairman Kathy Kissick. For 2015 she will examine what the new Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) charter means for veterinary nurses, while Julie Dugmore, the college’s head of veterinary nursing, will share the latest RCVS news. The college’s registrar Gordon Hockey, meanwhile, will take a look at the disciplinary system. Using fictional cases, teams of delegates will get to act as mock disciplinary committees, hearing evidence, deciding cases and pronouncing judgements.

Elsewhere, Liz Mossop of the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science will discuss how coaches can help students understand the spirit of the veterinary profession, while Practice Standards Group chairman Jacqui Molyneaux will explain what the planned changes to the Practice Standards Scheme in 2015 will mean for veterinary practices.

For more information, the full agenda and to register, visit CAW’s website.

Delegates who book before January 31 will receive an early bird discount.

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