The Veterinary Nurse’s Role in Dermatology Clinics
Dermatology is a key area of clinical work in primary practice, and the role that nurses can play in assisting with management of dermatological conditions has historically been overlooked.
Nurses can and should play an integral role in history-taking, diagnostics, client support and improving adherence to treatment.
This type of clinic requires knowledge of a number of simple diagnostic skills and microscopy, and this course aims to assist you with becoming more confident on how to perform these, the equipment to use and when to select which tests.
Your learning will also help to clarify the veterinary nurse’s role in management of dermatology cases, and the selection and administration of therapies to help achieve case resolution.
We will also explore the logistics of setting up a Dermatology Nursing Clinic, including tackling any pitfalls which may arise. Through tutor guidance, peer support and shared experiences you will become more equipped to develop the clinic within your own practice environment and around your own clinic style.
This course will help you feel more confident in performing dermatology nursing generally, have an understanding of the nurse’s role in a vet-led team, and the delivery of a dermatology clinic service; and aims to be valuable whether you are just starting in dermatology nursing or developing an already existing service.
This course is endorsed by the Veterinary Nursing Dermatology group. To find out more about the group visit their website.
An overview of the key topics that will be covered during the on-demand course, that will enable you to brush up and expand your knowledge:
History-taking – what you need to know, effective information gathering, recording clinical histories
Microscopy – correct use of the microscope, maintenance, essential equipment and examples
Performing a skin workup – decisions on samples, equipment & consumables, obtaining diagnostic samples, staining, analysis, cell identification and documentation of results
The veterinary nurse’s role – the Code of Professional Conduct, Schedule 3, communication with professional colleagues
Treatments, monitoring and client support – common treatments, helping clients with treatment decisions, client understanding and adherence, supporting clients
By the end of this module, successful candidates will be able to:
Understand the history taking process, the tests and techniques needed to undertake a complete skin workup, and the treatment options available
Understand the requirements of the client/nurse/vet relationship in managing dermatology cases successfully
Appreciate the considerations for successfully establishing and maintaining a dermatology clinic which works within your practice setting
This course is:
Three weeks in duration (two weeks of interactive learning, one week of self-study for coursework completion)
Interactive and engaging forum-based learning, with expert tutor guidance and support throughout the learning forum duration
A mixture of short lecture/s and other resources, interactive learning and guided self-study and research
Accessed via our easy-to-use learning platform, alongside fellow vet professionals and your tutor
Flexible – whilst run over set dates there is flexibility to complete study where and when you can during the course run dates – there are no set times that you need to be online.
Structured and practical, and includes assessed coursework, which you will receive personalised feedback on from your tutor
Course resources include:
Access to our flexible online learning environment for the duration of the course
A presentation 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 duration: 3 weeks (8 hours flexible/self-directed study time)
Course type: Fully supported and interactive online learning with assessed coursework