The Successful Locum

The module has been created from a partnership between ONCORE and A1 Locums.  A1 Locums recruit locum vets and nurses, as well as place permanent staff in the veterinary industry.

We identified that locums often feel rather ‘thrown in at the deep end’ when starting a placement, and that there was much we could do to better prepare you for work in an unfamiliar practice. This short course offers approximately 4 hours of CPD on this topic, on this easy-access  self-directed course.

You will be taking a look at areas such as:

  • Choosing the right practice for you, by considering  what fits with your current situation and skill set, and what practice environments may also provide you with further opportunities to develop your skills.
  • The essential items you will need in order to carry out a placement effectively
  • How to prepare  the important information you need from the practice, and how to obtain it, by preparing a clear and simple ‘induction’ protocol
  • The financial considerations you will need to make with respect to locum work

Course Summary

Course duration: Course access is provided for two months

Course type: Easy-access, self-directed learning course

Tutor: Course support is provided by RVN Jill Macdonald and A1 Locums

Suitable for: Veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and students


Complete your purchase

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:

  • Appreciate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats associated with locum work

  • Feel confident in choosing suitable practices and work types that fit with skill set and needs, and/or provide opportunities for gaining new skills

  • Understand the information required before starting a placement, and construct a clear ‘induction’ process to enable easy transition into a new position

  • Appreciate the financial considerations associated with locum work, and where to find appropriate information and guidance

  • Create a list of the essential items required to carry out locum work effectively

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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.

Online learning at your pace

Course support

Course support is provided by Jill Macdonald and staff from A1 Locums for any particular questions that may arise.

This course is self-directed learning

See what some of our past candidates have said…

The module covered everything I needed to know to get started on my locum nursing career!”

Gemma Clinch

“As a locum nurse, you often feel very alone professionally, and having the facility to discuss aspects of being a locum nurse with others has been reassuring and really useful.” 

Kim Craik