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Online learning for veterinary nurses
  1. Fitzpatrick Referrals


A new online learning facility was launched last month at Fitzpatrick Referrals. Initially aimed at veterinary nurses, it has been designed to allow a flexible approach to CPD

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THE Fitzpatrick Learning Academy has been created to offer veterinary professionals ‘a new range of innovative learning, training and CPD opportunities’. Its first product, Veterinary Nursing CPD, was launched in July.

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Developed in partnership with e-learning specialists Emerge Learning, the product offers subscribers the opportunity to complete a range of modules in a variety of different subjects. The academy reports that each module qualifies for three hours of CPD, which can be tracked and recorded online, together with any other CPD completed. The record can be downloaded at any time.

Topics available in the first year include anaesthetic emergencies, radiography, wound management, physiotherapy, nosocomial infections and pain management.

Each module is followed by a ‘Vetinar’ – a one-hour webinar, hosted by Josey Killner, the head nurse responsible for training at Fitzpatrick Referrals, to consolidate learning and provide learners with the opportunity to interact. Each webinar can also count as one hour of CPD. Additionally, nurses have the chance to share their knowledge and experiences, post and answer questions, and widen their contacts within the profession through an online forum.

Noel Fitzpatrick launches the new online learning facility to veterinary nurses at his practice

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The programme includes videos of operations performed by Noel Fitzpatrick, the founder of Fitzpatrick Referrals, as well as live question and answer sessions. Subscribers also have access to a learning library, which includes resources such as video clips from the modules, templates for nursing documents, kit lists and links to further veterinary nursing material.

‘We recognised that there was not enough CPD available for veterinary nurses, and we know that it can be difficult taking time out of the practice to attend events, so we listened, thought and came up with a solution’, Ms Killner explains.

She says the programme has been developed by veterinary nurses for veterinary nurses, allowing them to learn when it suits them, so that it doesn't impact on their normal working day at their practice.

Dr Fitzpatrick adds: ‘We know that within the veterinary nursing profession, one of the issues is that nurses feel they don't get the credit they deserve. We wanted to help change that and to empower veterinary nurses by creating a dedicated worldwide veterinary nursing community where nurses can come together, share in the pursuit of knowledge, support each other through the development of social networks and access the most innovative and exciting CPD available.’

The academy plans to develop and release further learning products in different formats for both veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses in the future. More information is available at

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