Registered veterinary nurses (RVN’s) have an obligation once qualified to undertake a minimum of 45 hours of Continued Professional Development (CPD) over a 3 year period. It ensures that all RVN’s remain up-to-date with their knowledge and helps them to improve and broaden their skillset. There are many different forms that this CPD can take, these include; webinars, reading of journals/articles etc., presentations from external companies and attending and completing courses. All this CPD must be logged and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) can spot check any nurse’s log record at any time.
I am about start a course in April, this is the called the Cert VN ECC. It is the UK’s first emergency and critical care qualification for Veterinary nurses. The course is accredited by City & Guilds and is an educational qualification at level 4. The Cert VN ECC is a further education course that’s been designed to build on and develop your existing nursing skills and knowledge, with the intention of enhancing patient care in emergency and critical care cases. The approximate length of completion for the course is 18 months. This course provides a total of 54 CPD hours upon completion of this course. I will be assessed with assignments throughout the course, submitting 3 assignments every 9 weeks and then I have final big exam at the end of the course. I am very excited to begin this course and learn and develop new skills and knowledge which I can bring to the whole veterinary team at Alcombe.
Written by : Ffion Lewis RVN – Deputy Head Nurse at Ealing