Over the past few years, Vets Now has partnered with Vet Times to offer a bursary of £1000 for one RVN to take the Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical Care (Cert VN ECC).

In the first of a series of blogs about her experience, competition winner Ruth Clooney-Power tells us how it’s going.

I attended college full time while completing my nursing qualification, so the online format of the Vets Now certificate is an entirely new concept for me.

Finding my feet

I spent the introduction week trying to navigate my way through the online learning platform Moodle. To be honest it was a bit of a struggle as I’m not the most Image of Cert VN ECC Ruth Clooney-Power for vet nurse training blogcomputer-literate person.

However, I’ve now grasped the concept, and unit one has commenced.

Therefore, these initial weeks have been spent getting used to a distance-learning course format, as you can access it anytime, anywhere.

But when you work full time, it’s easier said than done. So, I have decided on a more structured approach to ensure I’m keeping a steady pace, as it’s easy to procrastinate. My diary is my new best friend.

First unit feels

Although I’m only a few weeks in, I am enjoying the first unit — the approach to the emergency patient. It covers topics from triage and CPR to shock, fluid therapy and much more.

Plenty of additional resources are available too, which I’m sure will be vital in completing my assignments — and these are starting to roll around as well. I have also made it my business to brush up on Harvard referencing, as I’m a bit out of practice.

While I still feel a bit overwhelmed, I’m hoping it will become easier over the coming months, with coursework becoming second nature in my routine.

At Vets Now we encourage and support vet nurses to both build on their CPD and complete the Cert VN ECC qualification, which has been developed by Vets Now and is accredited by City & Guilds.

For RVN job opportunities contact our recruitment team on 01383 841181 or click here.