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ISFM Feline Emergency and Critical Care for Veterinary Nurses


Friday 31st December 2021


Online Distance Education


Non-members: £199 (+VAT)
ISFM members: £199 (+VAT)


Course details:

  • Course cost: £199 (+vat)
  • 9 hours CPD
  • Work at your own pace
  • Available to access immediately upon payment
  • Access for 90 days from date of registration
  • Payment online by card only
  • Payment by invoice not available

Designed for Veterinary Nurses and Technicians, this course consists of 4 modules with the following learning objectives:

  • Assessment of the feline emergency patient
    • Explain triage and its components.
    • Assess a patient using the ABC guide.
    • Explain the process of CPR and associated therapies.
    • Assess major body systems.
    • Prepare a crash box.
    • List the components of an emergency database and explain the relevance of abnormalities.
    • Explain the principles of focussed ultrasound.
  • Shock and fluid therapy
    • Identify and classify shock.
    • Describe the different techniques for vascular access.
    • Describe the complications associated with intravenous catherterisation and fluid therapy.
    • Assess dehydration and select appropriate fluids.
    • Calculate fluid requirements and administration rates.
    • Describe the principles of blood transfusions (collection, storage and administration).
    • Calculate blood product administration rates.
    • Discuss how to monitor patients receiving blood products and the complications which may arise.
  • Specific Emergencies Critical
    • Identify common emergencies involving the following body systems:
      • Cardiovascular
      • Respiratory
      • Neurological
      • Gastrointestinal
      • Endocrine
      • Urinary
      • Reproductive
    • Describe the treatment and management for emergencies involving each of the above body systems.
    • List the common causes of intoxication and describe the clinical signs and treatment for each.
    • Explain common conditions of neonates and the appropriate treament regime.
  • Critical Care Nursing
    • Explain the techniques and equipment used to monitor critical patients.
    • List the laboratory parameters commonly used to monitor critical patients
    • Identify abnormalities in parameters, explain the possible causes of these abnormalities and suggest appropriate treatment.
    • Identify patients requiring assisted feeding.
    • Explain anaesthetic risk categories.
    • Assess pain using pain scoring charts.
    • Discuss anaesthetic and analgesic drugs including their indications and contraindications.
    • Create a nursing care plan.
    • Explain principles of infection control.

The course has been written by feline emergency and critical care experts Emily Thomas BA VetMB DACVECC DECVECC MRCVS, Sarah Collins DipAVN(Medical)RVN VTS(ECC) Cert CFH CFVHNut and Denise Prisk DipAVN(Surgical)RVN VTS (Anaesthesia & Analgesia) LTCL LCGI.

It is delivered via the online learning platform ‘Brightspace’ and you will work through the modules at your own pace. At the end of each module, there is a short assessment which you need to pass to move on to the next module.

Students have 90 days from registration to complete the course, and on successful completion will receive a downloadable certificate.

If you have any difficulty with the enrolment process, please contact

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