CPD for Veterinary Care Assistants (VCA)

Courtney Scales DipVN, NCert(Anaesth), RVN, Veterinary Anursethesia | VCAC2022

55 minute video - Certificated at 1 hour of CPD

When monitoring a patient’s anaesthesia, each physiological parameter is like a piece of a puzzle and it is vital to understand how they all fit together, to form the bigger picture.

In this presentation, we will look at all these physiological parameters whilst discussing what they actually mean and how to defunk the terminology.

Topics to be discussed will include:

  • The Palpebral Reflex
  • Eye Position
  • Jaw Tone
  • Pedal Reflex
  • Pulse Oximetry
  • Blood Pressure
  • Capnography
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)

Louise Chappell BSc (Hons) Dip AVN RVN, The College of Animal Welfare | VCAC2022

50 minute video - Certificated at 1 hour of CPD

This presentation will cover the following key points:

  • The VCA role in telephone triage - top ten emergencies and what questions to ask to get the most information for the veterinary surgeon
  • How to keep calm in these situations
  • The legalities of providing first aid and who has the ability to perform first aid
  • How to be prepared
  • Some scenario based discussions, to put the information into practice

Claire Hobson RVN Cert Ed Canine Hydrotherapist, The College of Animal Welfare | VCAC2022
Lisa Forrest BA(Hons) GTP, The College of Animal Welfare

25 minute video - Certificated at 1 hour of CPD

Are you thinking of taking the next steps to train for the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing? Are you concerned you may not meet entry requirements and are looking for ways to achieve these? If so, please join CAW’s Claire Hobson (Head of Veterinary Studies, Leeds and Wigan) and Lisa Forrest (Additional Learning Support Manager) for some additional guidance.

Claire will talk through the role of the Veterinary Nurse and the entry requirements needed to undertake the qualification. Lisa will follow with advice on how to achieve Maths and English if needed, and explain the difference between Functional Skills and GCSEs. You may find it is easier than you think!

Dr Rosie Allister BSc (Hons) BVSc MSc PhD MRCVS, VetLife | VCAC2022

30 minute video - Certificated at 1 hour of CPD

Veterinary teams work hard and look after others, to do that sustainably we need to look after ourselves. There are times when we do our best, and it still doesn’t feel enough. Some of our work means we encounter trauma and suffering that affects us in ways we might not expect. Research on moral injury and compassion fatigue offers some explanation for psychological aspects of the work we do and points to strategies for prevention and support. This session looks at what helps.

Dr Liz Walker BVetMed BSAVA PgCert SAM MRCVS, IntinsiaVet | VCAC2022

40 minute video - Certificated at 1 hour of CPD

The role of the VCA in clinical practice entails far more than animal care. Understanding the client journey and the role you play within it is essential for success in clinical practice. Learning tools and techniques for effective communication will support with each client interaction and help you to successfully navigate the challenging situations as they may arise.

This presentation will cover the following key learning objectives:

  • The importance of the client journey in clinical practice
  • The role of the VCA in the client journey
  • Communication skills for ideal client interactions
  • Tools and techniques for challenging situation