Who is this course for?

Is this course for me?.

Veterinary Nurses play such an important role in all stages of Intra-Venous Fluid Therapy (IVFT).

This comprehensive online CPD course will help to build your expertise and increase your confidence in making essential decisions that have a real life impact on the recovery of your patients.

This vital treatment is a hugely rewarding part of being a Veterinary Nurse.

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What will I Learn?

This Course has 4 modules of content and this is a brief overview of what you will learn

  • Types of Fluid Loss

  • Dehydration versus Hypovolaemia

  • Assesment of Fluid Responsiveness

  • Physical parameters for Focussed Assessments

  • Fluid Types

  • Correction of Dehydration and Maintenance Requirements

  • Meet Ongoing Losses

  • Specific Conditions Requiring Fluid Therapy

  • Fluid Therapy Calculations

  • Monitoring the Fluid Therapy Patient

Build your expertise and make essential decisions that have a real impact on the recovery of your patients

Fluid therapy is one of the most common therapies provided in small animal medicine. Patients are given fluids for many reasons, and the number of available fluids is growing. Knowing why fluids are ordered, the goals and limitations of fluid therapy, and how fluids are chosen is a key competency for Veterinary Nurses.

The indications for infusion therapy in small animal practice are varied, with many patients requiring and benefitting from support of their fluid balance and cardiovascular function.

Examples of patients include those with medical conditions, surgical patients and, of course emergency patients. The decision about which type of fluid to administer to a patient is the remit of the veterinary surgeon (VS), however it is essential registered veterinary nurses (RVNs) understand the composition of fluids used in their workplace and how they exert their effects to ensure they can monitor a patient's progress effectively.

This enables the RVN to quickly identify problems, which can then be reported to the VS and addressed.
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How long is this course and do I get a certificate?

Upon completion of this 7-Hour on-demand CPD Course, you will receive a certificate to download and keep for your records.

This course comes with a 42 page course workbook,, interactive activities to complete and a 45 question multiple choice quiz at the end to release your CPD accredited certificate for 7 Hours/Credits.

This course comes with lifetime access, so no stressful deadlines.

Emma Annis Bsc (Hons), RVN, PGCE, VNCertECC

Instructor Bio:

Bsc (Hons), RVN PGCE VNCertECC

Emma Annis

I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2004 after completing my training at a very busy small animal hospital in Milton Keynes. Since then, I have worked in a variety of practices and nursed a vast array of species including; small animals, large animals, equines, zoo and exotic animals. During my time in practice, I have worked with many students as their clinical coach and really enjoyed watching each student blossom and qualify into superb veterinary nurses.

Prior to qualifying as a veterinary nurse, I undertook an honours degree in Animal Agriculture and a level 3 diploma in Equine Studies.

I worked in the veterinary industry for many years before moving into teaching. I have taught a variety of level 2 and level 3 courses in multiple further education settings. My subjects have been; Animal Management, Animal Nursing, Veterinary Care Assistant, Veterinary Care Support and Veterinary Nursing. I completed my PGCE and qualified as a lecturer in further education in 2015. From 2015 to present I have worked in a mixture of teaching and veterinary nursing roles. During this time, I became increasingly interested in emergency and critical care nursing and went on to complete my certificate in ECC with Vets Now. My interest for ECC nursing has continued since then and I truly believe the basis of it encompasses all aspects of veterinary nursing.

At the start of 2021 I set up my own business as a veterinary nursing tutor and plan to later add canine behaviour consultations to support individuals who wish to work on any behavioural concerns they have with their dogs. I’m currently studying an advanced diploma in canine behaviour.

My drive will always be to ensure every veterinary nurse feels empowered to give the very best they can to each and every patient they interact with. Empowerment comes from education and building knowledge and this in turn can, and often does lead to greater job satisfaction.

Course curriculum

  • 2

    Workbook and Downloadable Resources

    • Fluid Therapy Workbook

    • Downloads

  • 3

    Module 1

    • Module 1; Aims and Objectives

    • Types of Fluid Loss

    • Routes of Fluid Administration

    • Maintaining Intravenous Access

    • Dehydration Versus Hypovolaemia

    • Assessment of Fluid Responsiveness

    • Physical Parameters for Assessing Hydration

    • Module 1 Task

    • Task Video Clip

    • Module 1 Recap

  • 4

    Module 2

    • Module 2; Aims and Objectives

    • Fluid Types

    • Correction of Hypovolaemia

    • Correction of Dehydration & Maintenance Requirements

    • Correction of Electrolyte & Acid Base Derangements

    • Meet Ongoing Losses

    • Module 2 Recap

    • Module 2 Task

  • 5

    Module 3

    • Module 3; Aims and Objectives

    • Metabolic Acidosis

    • Sodium Imbalances

    • Shock

    • Vomiting and Diarrhoea

    • Haemorrhage

    • Burns

    • Renal Disease, Acute and Chronic

    • Toxicity Cases

    • Heat Exhaustion

    • Pancreatitis

    • Cardiac Disease

    • Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)

    • Gastric Dilation and Volvulus (GDV)

    • Module 3; Task

    • Module 3 Recap

  • 6

    Module 4

    • Module 4; Aims and Objectives

    • Quick Task

    • Calculating Maintenance Requirements

    • Add Fluid Deficits

    • Delivering Fluids Over 24 Hours

    • Replacing Ongoing Losses

    • Calculations on how to Delivery Fluids

    • Calculations for Hypovolaemia

    • Calculations for a Bolus Colloid

    • Calculations Task

    • Monitoring the Fluid Therapy Patient

    • Quick Task

    • Module 4 recap and end of course, Thank You!

  • 7

    End of Course Quiz / Assessment

    • End of Course Quiz