Improve International Launches First Globally Accessible Distance Learning Veterinary Certificate Programmes

Animal Health

Veterinary nurses, veterinary technicians and certain veterinary paraprofessionals around the world will soon be able to enrol for the first Distance Learning Veterinary Nurse (NCert)/ Veterinary Technician (VTCert)/Veterinary Paraprofessional (VPP) programmes.

The new programmes, initially in surgical nursing and anaesthesia, have been created by international veterinary CPD specialist Improve International. Set to launch in March 2021, they each consist of eight content-rich modules, delivered using highly-interactive, engaging online learning techniques and hosted on an easy-to-navigate learning platform. Delegates are guided through each module by an expert module tutor, while a discussion forum offers them a unique opportunity to share experiences and ideas with colleagues from around the world. Training in study skills and reflective practice is built into the programme to ensure that a holistic approach is taken to the learning experience.

“Improve International Launches First Globally Accessible Distance Learning Veterinary Nurse/Veterinary Technician/Veterinary Paraprofessional Certificate Programmes.“

Commenting on the launch of the Distance Learning Nurse/VT/VPP certificate programmes, Dr Charlotte French, Head of Curriculum and Quality at Improve International, said: “We wanted to create an exciting, practical and innovative learning experience that would offer the maximum flexibility to ambitious veterinary nurses and veterinary technicians anywhere in the world, who are keen to advance their career but need to fit their learning around their work and home responsibilities.

We believe the modular structure and phased delivery of our programmes will offer a new level of accessibility and convenience to our delegates while giving them unique features, such as the opportunity to share their learning with colleagues from around the world and to gain support from vets and vet nurses who are specialised in their field.”

Assessment for the Certificates will be undertaken by Improve’s assessment partner the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS), which provides challenging but achievable, balanced qualifications for veterinary professionals working in full-time practice. The requirements are:

• A clinical reflective academic writing assessment (clinical audit)

• A multiple-choice question examination

• A ‘spot test’ examination which incorporates videos and images as appropriate and utilises more innovative question formats to test the application of knowledge.

Both examinations will be taken online with remote invigilation.

Dr Sheila Wills, Director of ISVPS, said: “Following feedback from candidates and our examiners, we have recently enhanced the examination process we offer to candidates to provide a robust assessment, while giving them the opportunity to clearly demonstrate that their learning has been understood and that they can apply it in a clinical setting.”

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