Cert VN ECC
The Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency & Critical Care is designed to be an easily accessible qualification for candidates who have an interest in furthering their knowledge and understanding of small animal emergency & critical care nursing. The course is accredited by City & Guilds and is an educational qualification at level 4.
It's a distance learning course, delivered via our online learning platform Moodle (as of April 2013) and the qualification is designed to:
- Provide an industry recognised qualification for Veterinary Nurses
- Expand and develop an optional career path for Veterinary Nurses
- Develop the VN skill set to enhance patient care in Emergency & Critical Care cases
- Benefit the industry and pet owners by increasing levels of care for patients
If you would like to download a copy of the Cert VN ECC Course Information booklet please click the link to download the document.
Candidate Entry Requirements
Candidates should have:
A VN qualification and be either RCVS listed or registered
A minimum of one year's post qualification small animal work-based experience
Be currently working in a predominantly small animal practice/unit with a good case load
- The course is divided into 6 core units, each containing 3 outcomes.
- You have 9 weeks to complete each unit and submit the open learning assignments (1 per outcome, so 3 per unit) for marking by your tutor.
- The assignments are comprised of short answer questions, which assess the practical activites and the underpinning knowledge of the units that are not assessed in the final examination.
- The course content is theory based, rather than case studies, so the information contained within the course notes should be sufficient to complete the assignments. However, it is expected that some evidence of practical learning and further reading be exhibited in your submissions and this would be considered in the marking.
Each outcome also contains self assessment questions, but these are purely for your own study and are not required to be submitted for marking.
Approximate length of completion for the course is 18 months, with intakes every 6 months in April and October.
From April 2013 the six core units of the course cover the following topics:
|Approach to the Emergency Patient
||Triage & CPR
||Shock, vascular access & fluid therapy
|Supporting the Emergency Patient
||Monitoring the critical patient
||Critical care nursing
||Anaesthesia and analgesia
|Emergency Medicine 1
||Haematological and haemostatic emergencies
|Emergency Medicine 2
|Emergency Medicine 3
||Neurological & ophthalmological emergencies
||Small mammals, birds & reptile emergencies
||Orthopaedic and soft tissue injuries
||ENT & thoracic surgical emergencies
||Abdominal surgical emergencies
Tutors & Student Liaison
Each student will be allocated a tutor who will mark your assignments and provide you with feedback throughout the course. You will be provided with an email address to contact your tutor should you have any queries regarding the course material or your assignments.
A Student Liaison Officer is also available, should you have any queries, problems or have any feedback regarding the course.
There is a student forum for the Cert VN ECC available in the student zone of www.vetecc.com.
You can chat to other students, raise questions or discuss your assignments and tutor feedback is also available via the forum. There are current students, prospective students and graduated students as well as tutors signed up, so someone will be sure to point you in the right direction!
Recommended Study Time
Suggested study time is 5.5 hours per week. However, this is not a requirement; it can be more or less dependent on how you work best.
Approximate length of completion for the course is 18 months (including the final examinations). 30 CPD hours can be entered on your CPD record - or 5 hours per Unit on completion.
Course cost for October 2013 intake is £550 + VAT (£660). April 2014 the cost may increase and will be published here shortly.
An invoice will be issued once your place has been confirmed, and payment would be required 2 weeks prior to the course start date.
If you are a member of Vets Now staff or a Member Practice, then you will be entitled to a 10% discount on course costs. Please quote VNStaff or VNM on your application to be eligible for this discount.
Examination fees are currently £160.00 + VAT. Payment is not required at the start of the course for these, only once you have registered to sit the final examinations.
If you have any questions or queries regarding the Cert VN ECC, then please contact the Student Liaison Officer on email@example.com or phone to 01383 628721.
Or if you would like to apply please click here