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  • Nurse Club CPD | Cave Veterinary Specialists

Nurse Club logoOur free Nurse Club CPD evenings provide the perfect opportunity to hear the latest ideas around various small animal topics, to discuss clinical problems or relevant cases and to catch up with like-minded colleagues.

We would normal meet face-to-face but for now are running our events as online webinars. To ensure you don’t miss an event, sign up to receive email notifications when each event is arranged.

Discussion and questions are welcomed during each event. The Nurse Club is open to all Nurses, Student Nurses and Animal Care Assistants.

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Ria Walker
RVN

Common poisons in dogs and cats

In this Nurse Club presentation RVN Ria Walker from Cave Veterinary Services outlines some of the most common poisoning scenarios seen in dogs and cats. She will discuss some of the clinical signs to look out for, time of onset, toxic doses and suggested treatments. This presentation will also assist you in planning the best care strategies to nurse these patients back to health.

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(Duration 25 minutes)


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Annabel McFadzean
Resident in Dentistry

Recognising malocclusions in dogs and cats

Malocclusions are defined as abnormal relationships of teeth to each other and to other structures within the oral cavity. They can be traumatic and severely debilitating. Recognising abnormal occlusion at an early stage can allow for an increased number of therapeutic options and a higher likelihood of success, preventing progression to more serious disease. The veterinary nurse is ideally placed for this as they often examine puppies and kittens at a young age. In this talk Annabel McFadzean will look at how to recognise common malocclusions in dogs and cats, and discuss the treatment options available.

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(Duration 45 minutes)


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Sophie Puzey
RVN, Senior Surgical Nurse

Wound management, how we can help healing

In the presentation RVN Sophie Puzey will give an overview on wound management and the role nurses can play to ensure the best outcomes for patients.

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(Duration 39 minutes)


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Staci Finn
RVN, Imaging Nurse

Tracy Down
Radiographer

CT vs MRI: What’s the difference?

In this Nurse Club, RVN Staci Finn and Radiographer Tracy Down from Cave Veterinary Specialists, give an overview of how CT and MRI are used in practice. They will cover the mechanism of imaging production and the reasons CT and MRI can be used singularly but also can complement each other.

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(Duration 40 Minutes)


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Sarah Appleton
RVN

Patient Considerations for Anaesthesia

Anaesthesia can be a daunting part of nursing, but by thinking ahead and taking in all patient considerations we can take the stress out of this everyday nursing task. In this presentation, RVN Sarah Appleton, discusses you how planning ahead and thorough examination can help you formulate your own anaesthesia plans for individual patients.

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(Duration 45 Minutes)


Amy Gardiner  

Amy Gardiner
RVN and Senior Medicine Nurse

The Immune System - Starting the Wrong Fight. Nursing the IMHA patient and blood transfusions

In Nurse Club CPD Senior Medicine Nurse Amy Gardiner, discusses Immune Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia (IMHA). She covers symptoms, diagnostic investigations, nursing considerations and blood transfusions.

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(Duration 44 Minutes)


Sam Gilbert  

Sam Gilbert
ECVN Resident in Veterinary Neurology

Nursing the Patient with Meningoencephalitis of Unknown Aetiology (MUA)

Sam Gilbert, Neurology Resident at Cave Veterinary Specialists, talks about MUA and how to nurse patients presenting with this condition. The presentation covers the neurological exam, an overview of the diagnostic work-up and treatment, as well as the nursing care.

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(Duration 40 Minutes)


Amy Robertson  

Amy Robertson
RVN

Nursing of the Feline Cardiology Patient

In this CPD we focus on nursing of the feline cardiology patient. RVNs Amy Robertson and Charlotte Glover discuss how to care for these patients during their hospitalisation period. They will discuss methods for reducing stress during handling and procedures, how to auscultate the heart and what to be listening out for, ECG and blood pressure monitoring. Some of the common feline cardiac conditions that you may come across in practice are also included.

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(Duration 19 Minutes)


Debbie Howe  

Debbie Howe
Senior Surgical RVN

Nursing the chronic pain patient

Patients can develop chronic pain conditions for a variety of reasons and will inevitably end up being cared for by their owners at home. In this talk Debbie looks at what chronic pain is and how it occurs. She addresses the various treatments for common conditions and then how, as nurses, we can advise and support owners with their pets at home.

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(Duration 57 Minutes)

Assisting the Surgical Orthopaedic Patient - the role of the veterinary nurse

Senior Surgery Nurse Debbie Howe discusses the role of the Veterinary Nurse when dealing with the surgical orthopaedic patient. Particular attention will be paid to the scrub nurse and theatre runner.

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(Duration 64 Minutes)

Nursing the BOAS Patient

We are often presented with brachycephalic patients and their concurrent respiratory problems. In this talk we will look at the physiology effected by the BOAS condition and how we can help the patient both at home and in the hospital environment.

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(Duration 58 minutes)

Portosystemic Shunts

Portosystemic shunts can occur in our patients and cause a variety of problems, both for the patient and in terms of the nursing required. In this CPD Debbie looks at what a portosystemic shunt is, how it can affect the patient, treatment options and the nursing care required.

(Duration 55 minutes)

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Lucy Venman  

Lucy Venman
Internal Medicine Resident and Sophie Lee, RVN

The Ups and Downs of Chemotherapy

In this presentation Lucy and Sophie discuss some of the risks and side effects of chemotherapy in our small animal patients as well as some of the positive effects that the treatment can have on a patient’s quality of life.

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(Duration 33 Minutes)


Helen Bye  

Helen Bye
RVN and Head Nurse

Everyone has mental health, not everyone has mental health awareness

Mental health is hidden - it can’t be seen, and it can’t be heard. No one knows if it is in good condition or poor condition and no-one asks. During this presentation Helen will raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing. What is mental health? What makes it good and what makes it poor? What are the symptoms of poor mental? They may be subtle, but they are there, and poor mental health can be devastating. Know when and where to seek help and let’s work together to remove the stigma.

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(Duration 35 Minutes)


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Will McFadzean
Head of Specialist Services

Becoming a more environmentally sustainable practice

In this CPD presentation, Head of Specialists Services and Environmental Champion Will McFadzean gives an insight into the steps taken at Cave to make the practice more sustainable. He highlights the process needed to work towards achieving Investors in the Environment accreditation and gives practical examples of the steps others can use in the own clinics to reduce their carbon footprint and run a more sustainable practice.

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(Duration 58 Minutes)