Syllabus

Lesson 1: Welcome to the course and Preparing for Employment

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Introduction and course structure
Benefits of this course and getting the most out of this course
Veterinary Nurses and Nursing Assistants
Preparing for employment

Lesson 2: Veterinary Medical Terminology

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Veterinary words in easy bites
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Glossary of veterinary terms

Lesson 3: Basic Small animal Anatomy and Physiology part one


The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Cardiovascular system
Major body cavities
Skeletal structure
Tissue structure and shape

Lesson 4: Basic Small animal Anatomy and Physiology part two

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Digestive and excretory systems
Respiratory systems
Endocrine glands
Nervous system

Lesson 5: Handling animals

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Approaching an animal
Typical restraints and handling equipment
Behaviour
Correct dog and cat handling methods
Exotic handling

Lesson 6: Animal diet and nutrition 

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Importance of nutrition
Types of food
Nutrients
Stages of life
Nutritional support

Lesson 7: Animal disease part one

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Cancer
Heart disease
Liver disease
Kidney disease

Lesson 8: Animal disease part two

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Skeletal diseases
Skin diseases and parasites
Infectious diseases
Other common illnesses

Lesson 9: Small animal Emergency nursing part one 

The learning outcomes for this unit are:
 
Aims
Assessment
Animal first aid kit
ABC and CPR
Handling a first aid patient
Shock

Lesson 10: Small animal Emergency nursing part two

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Fractures
Bites and stings
Wounds and burns
Poisoning and fitting
Diarrhoea and vomiting
Hyperthermia and Hypothermia

Lesson 11: Infection control

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Importance of infection control
Personal protective equipment
Cleaning and Disinfection
Sterilisation
Hand Hygiene
Isolation of an infecious animal
Waste

Lesson 12: Diagnostic Tests used by Vets

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Radiography
Ultrasound
Radiography or ultrasound?
MRI scanning in animals
Blood Tests
Urine Tests

Lesson 13: Care of Ill Animals

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Monitoring
Temperature, Pulse and Respiration
Basic care of inpatients
How do vets give animals medicine?
Giving oral,ear and eye medication
How vets manage fluid levels

Lesson 14: Operation Care

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Veterinary anaesthesia   
Common veterinary surgical procedures
Schedule 3 Procedures
Sterile Field
Surgical instruments
Pre op preparation
Post op care

Lesson 15: Euthanasia

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Reasons for euthanasia
Making the decision
Euthanasia process
Euthanasia of exotic pets
Signs of a dying animal
Signs of death
Burial and cremation
The animals left behind

Lesson 16: Safety and welfare

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Health and Safety laws and regulations
Hazards
Signs
Zoonosis
Safety tips
Animal rescue and welfare organisations
A veterinary nurses code of conduct