Senior Clinics

Course Overview

The requirements of senior pets can be extremely varied, with a range of common disorders and diseases being prevalent as pets enter their senior years. Provision of senior pet clinics can enable the practice to provide gold standard preventative health care, and support clients in ensuring they are doing the very best for their pet at their prime of life and beyond.

It is so important that that practices offer preventative healthcare solutions, and have a clear strategy for supporting clients of senior pets, by providing a well-thought out and delivered senior clinics service. Let us help you to achieve that.

This one-week workshop will explore and discuss the main challenges faced by older pets, including dietary issues, cognitive dysfunction, dental disease, renal disease and mobility issues. We will also cover the logistics of running senior pet clinics and how to make them a success in your practice.

If you have been awarded a place on this course via the Animalcare Prime of Life programme, then please omit the payment stage, and register your details here, ensuring that you enter your special code on the form.

Course Syllabus

Topics covered on this course include:

Clinical aspects:

  • Clinical examination of the senior patient
  • Obesity and nutrition
  • Mobility
  • Muscle condition scoring
  • Pain scoring
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Dental disease and promotion of oral health
  • Cardiac disease and screening
  • Assessment of quality of life
  • End-of-life and euthanasia discussions

Diagnostics, including:

  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Blood tests
  • Urinalysis
  • Radiography

Clinic setup and structure:

  • Different clinic formats – eg diagnostic-led
  • Clinic content
  • Consultation length
  • Naming your clinics
  • Protocols for clinics
  • Questionnaires and checklists
  • Pricing for clinics
  • Who runs the clinics?
  • Getting the clients through the door – promoting your clinics

Discussion of cases from practice

Course Resources

Workshop resources include:

  • Access to our flexible online learning environment for the duration of the course
  • Informative narrated lecture/s that can be viewed at any time, and as many times as you like
  • Interactive, tutor-guided learning forums
  • Multiple supporting materials, tools and ideas for assisting with and supporting your clinics
  • The option to produce 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: 1 week (4 hours flexible/self-directed study time in total)

Course type: Fully supported interactive online workshop

Tutor: Nicola Ackerman

Suitable for: Vet nurses, students and vets.

This workshop is suitable for those who wish to learn how to start clinics, those who are already running clinics and those wanting to improve existing clinics. Practice managers and partners who want to drive some new ideas into clinics will also benefit.

£49.00

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Simply add the courses you wish to book to your shopping cart, also selecting the start dates of your choice. You will then be guided through the secure checkout to complete your purchase.

Fill out the registration form

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:

  • Understand the principles and practicalities behind a successful senior pet clinic programme

  • Understand the different diagnostic and monitoring methods utilised in senior pet clinics for preventative healthcare and maintaining positive health

  • Know how to run and promote senior health clinics as part of an overall healthcare plan for the life of the patient

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Any Questions?

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

Nicola is the editor for Aspinall’s Complete Textbook of Veterinary Nursing

Your Tutor

Nicola Ackerman

BSc(Hons) RVN CertSAN CertVNECC VTS(Nutrition) A1 V1 C-SQP HonMBVNA

See what some of our previous candidates have said…

“It was a great honour to study with Nicola Ackerman. There were a number of invaluable suggestions from Nicola on how to approach the senor clinics which I had not thought about or encountered, and I will definitely be using them in my future work.”

Carolyn Turrall

“Very impressed with the level of input the course tutor Nicola put into the discussion boards. Lectures were easy to understand and explained well.”

Suzanne Flynn