ANML514 – Medical Veterinary Nursing

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Module title
Medical Veterinary Nursing
The Veterinary Nursing programme is aimed at candidates who have already completed the Veterinary Nursing Assistant strand of the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) Ref: 2490 or equivalent and who seek to further their veterinary nursing education. It will provide individuals with technical veterinary nursing skills in a clinical environment as well as the ability to manage patients and clients, and follow protocols in all aspects of clinical veterinary practice.
  • SX1801
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1:Demonstrate an understanding of and work within the parameters of the veterinary nursing scope of practice and the relevant professional, ethical and legislative frameworks.
2:Undertake assessments of patients to develop, implement and document nursing care and treatment plans.
3:Apply evidence-based practice in the implementation of a range of routine companion animal medical nursing techniques.
4.Evaluate and communicate the outcomes of nursing care assessment and treatment plans.
-Veterinary nursing scope of practice; care / treatment plans and documentation.
-Wound healing, care and methods of closure; bandaging: product used, techniques, types of drains, fixation techniques; introduction to dentistry - dental formulae, tooth anatomy and structure, dental disease; patient assessment for fluid therapy; implementation of fluid therapy plans.
-Patient admission and discharge - histories, questioning; nutritional support for hospitalised patients (Resting Energy Requirement/nutrition plans).
-Common chronic and emergency disorders in companion animal practice; diseases associated with different life stages; common micro-pathogens, endo- and ecto- parasites.
-Professional practice attributes: compliance with animal welfare standards and workplace health and safety requirements; accurate record-keeping; effective communication skills; cultural recognition and sensitivity; professional and ethical behaviour.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Learning will be facilitated using a range of teaching and learning methods, which may include: tutor facilitated and directed presentations and/or lectures, practical or workshop sessions and activities, project-based learning activities, simulations, guest speakers from industry, demonstrations, online learning activities, scenarios and case studies.
Assessment Criteria
Assessment 1Portfolio of evidence1001, 2, 3, 4

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