The Fitzpatrick Learning Academy, an online learning facility, has created new learning, training and continued professional development (CPD) opportunities for veterinarians and staff.
During the British Veterinary Nursing Association’s (BVNA) National Veterinary Nursing week, the academy announced CPD options that help nurses develop social networks and aquire skills to deliver superior patient care.
“We know that within the veterinary nursing profession one of the issues is that nurses feel they don’t get the credit they deserve.” Fitzpatrick said. “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 program is built around a series of eLearning modules, which qualifies students for three hours of CPD. Topics for the first year in include anaesthetic emergencies, radiography, wound management, physiotherapy, nosicomial infections and pain management.
Each module is followed by a Vetinar, a one-hour webinar that consolidates learning outcomes and provides learners with the opportunity to interact. Nurses can share knowledge and experiences, post and answer questions and widen their networks within the veterinary profession in a forum.
The program includes videos of operations performed by Fitzpatrick and live question and answer sessions with the Fitzpatrick Learning Academy team. Participants in CPD have access to the association’s learning library, which includes video clips from the modules, templates for nursing documents, kit lists and links to further veterinary nursing material.
The Fitzpatrick Learning Academy plans to release additional learning products in a variety of formats for veterinarians and veterinary nurses.