Vets Now and VN Times have teamed up to offer a bursary of £1000 for one RVN to take the Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical Care.

In the second blog about her experiences of the course, last year’s competition winner Ruth Clooney-Power tells us how it’s going. If you’d like to follow in Ruth’s footsteps and win this year’s bursary, click here.

“I am now more than two months into this certificate — time flies when you’re having fun — and I don’t know where the time has gone.

December crept up with its twinkling fairy lights, and with it came the completion of unit one and the submission of the assignments for each outcome (each unit has three outcomes, for those curious souls wondering).

While experiencing relief at having submitted the assignments, some apprehension still exists — will it be sufficient? Did I answer it correctly? Did I reference it correctly?

Shock therapy

This covered varied topics. In outcome one, triage and CPR were discussed, while outcome two covered shock and fluid therapy.

Outcome three concentrated on emergency diagnostics. However, these are brief outlines of what each outcome includes.

Plus, despite me having previously worked in emergency out of hours, I still learned a lot from this unit, while it was a refresher on some topics.Image of vet nurse in Vets Now hospital in Glasgow


Although it did take me a few weeks to settle into the course and get used to the format, I have found it easier as I have progressed through the outcomes.

However, while I have found the course interesting, one of my main struggles has been with procrastination — it can be so easy to put the work off, especially when working full time.

I guess that’s one of the benefits for me with the course being online — it means I can access webinars or notes at a later date when I do have the time.

I can gladly say unit one is complete, and the assignments passed (breathes sigh of relief), but there is no time to rest — unit two has already steamed in.”

Qualification explained

The Cert VN ECC qualification, developed by Vets Now and accredited by City & Guilds, is the UK’s first emergency and critical care qualification for veterinary nurses.

The qualification has been designed for nurses who have an interest in extending their knowledge and understanding of small animal emergency and critical care nursing and is open to all nurses registered with the RCVS.

It is also open to our international colleagues who have a similar accredited qualification.

Interested in enrolling?

Online enrolments for the next intake of the small animal Cert VN ECC for April and October 2017 are open now. Once you have read the course information, please go to the main Vets Now website.

Vet nurse opportunities at Vets Now

At Vets Now we encourage and support vet nurses to both build on their CPD and complete the Cert VN ECC qualification.

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