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Managing Quality of Life for Cancer Patients

Course Overview

Every practice deals with oncology patients, and advances in veterinary medicine mean that pets are living longer, with many “diseases of old age”, such as cancer, being treated more often, and long-term. We know that management of quality-of-life in these patients is paramount, and as in many areas of patient care, both veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses have essential roles to play in maximising patient welfare.

This course offers an overview of the considerations that can be made when assessing, maintaining  and re-evaluating care for cancer patients. From pharmacological strategies and analgesia to nursing care; both in the hospital environment and at home – we can help you to ensure that care is standardised in practice, and then continued beyond the practice through owner education and support.

From your learning on the course you will also create useful resources in ensuring high standard of care for hospitalised patients in practice, and help and guidance for pet owners at home.

Course Syllabus

Topics covered during this course include:

Pain management

  • Cancer and pain
  • Pain assessment for the cancer patient
  • Useful analgesics in pain management
  • Drug administration, side-effects and health and safety

Comfort management

  • Practical ways to improve the comfort of cancer patients in the practice
  • Helping owners make adaptations at home
  • Working as a team to improve patient experience
  • Relevant nutritional considerations

 Quality-of-life

  • Client care and support in caring for their pet with cancer
  • Developing at-home care plans
  • Practical ways to enhance quality-of-life
  • Mental stimulation and enrichment
  • Quality-of-life discussions and assessment
  • Discussing euthanasia
  • End-of-life care and support

Practical application

  • Creating a patient care plan that covers the key areas
  • Providing clients with supporting materials
Course Resources

Course resources include:

  • Access to our flexible online learning environment for the duration of the course
  • Lecture/s that can be viewed at any time, and as many times as you like
  • Interactive, tutor-guided learning forums
  • Supporting materials, tools and ideas for assisting with and supporting your learning
  • Assessed coursework with constructive feedback from your tutor
  • Practical documents created by you, tailored to the needs of your practice
  • Access to the course materials for a period after the course

Course Summary

Course duration: 3 weeks (hours flexible/self-directed study time in total)

Course type: Fully supported interactive online

Tutor: Linda Ryan

Suitable for: Veterinary nurses in general or referral practice, and especially nurses with an interest in oncology and quality of life in cancer patients. Veterinary surgeons will also benefit from this course.

£129.00

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Once payment is complete, you will receive an email asking for candidate details. Complete the form and submit. We must receive your registration in order to process your enrolment.

When do I start learning?

When you have successfully submitted your candidate registration, you will receive a confirmation message. You will be contacted prior to the course start date with information on how to join the VLE.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, successful candidates will be able to:

  • Objectively assess cancer patients’ analgesic and welfare needs as part of their nursing management, and in relation to their quality of life

  • Consider pharmacological and non-pharmacological analgesic modalities and their suitability for the individual patient

  • Implement care plans which include consideration of the multiple factors influencing quality-of-life through nursing care; in both the hospital and home environments

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Any Questions?

If you have any questions about any of our courses or would just like a chat about your CPD requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Linda is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behaviour

Your Tutor

Linda Ryan

DipAVN (Medical) VTS (Oncology) RVN

See what some of our previous candidates have said…

“I found this course to be right for me, I found it easy to commit to and do and I could easily fit in with my hectic work/home life commitments.”

Kelly Hurren

I really enjoyed the CPD I recently did with Oncore. The course lecturer was really informative and supportive. It was a fun and informal way of learning that easily fitted around my busy schedule! I found the online forum a great place to learn and easy to use. I will be recommending Oncore to my Nursing friends.

Beth Bond