Vets Now has seen the number of veterinary nurses undertaking the Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency Critical Care nearly triple since the qualification was launched in September 2009.

Vets Now has seen the number of VNs undertaking its ECC qualification nearly triple.Vets Now has seen the number of veterinary nurses undertaking its Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency Critical Care nearly triple since the qualification was launched in September 2009.

The course was founded by Vets Now and the City & Guilds NPTC as the first certificated emergency and critical care veterinary nursing qualification designed for VNs who want to further their knowledge of small animal emergency and critical care.

The distance learning qualification which takes approximately 18 months to complete is open to all RCVS listed or registered veterinary nurses under employment. The number of students has increased from 12 for the first six-month session to 35 students in the most recent intake.

Organisers are currently accepting applicants for the next intake in September and invite interested parties to find out more about the course at www.vets-now.com/vets/cpd-training

Valerie CookeWendy Busby, head of training and development at Vets Now said: “I’ve seen how much ECC has evolved in the UK over the years and the increased recognition that nurses have for the vital role they play within an emergency clinical team.

“Vets Now developed this certificate with the awarding body City & Guilds to give veterinary nurses the opportunity to increase their knowledge once they are qualified vet nurses. The qualification will enable candidates to develop their emergency and critical care understanding and skills, and become an invaluable member of any practice team, whether it’s a daytime or emergency practice.”

Course graduate Valerie Cooke, RVN at Moray Coast Veterinary Group, was sponsored by Merial Animal Health to take the qualification. She said: “I was keen to enrol on a course which would provide me with a more in-depth knowledge of the emergency and critical care field, as this is an area I am regularly faced with in my job.

“I felt the course covered many of the elements my career development required and now having completed it I feel much more confident when faced with an emergency situation.”

 

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