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    PgC Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Analgesia and Pain Management)

    Key information

    Year of entry


    1 year (part time)

    Start date

    12 September 2024 (subject to recruiting minimum numbers)

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    Course description

    Application deadline: 31 July 2024

    This certificate will allow nurses to develop their knowledge of anatomy and physiology of acute, chronic and neuropathic pain development, as well as exploring the consequences of untreated pain.

    It will build on knowledge of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical options for treating and managing pain. Whilst developing a student’s ability to assess pain and synthesise appropriate multimodal pain management plans for veterinary patients.

    The development of the new RCVS post-registration framework has allowed for the creation of accessible, flexible and focused areas of study, allowing veterinary nurses to further their academic skills alongside their professional skills.

    This course is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)

    Entry requirements

    • You must be a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN).
    • Typically, applicants with a registerable qualification from a Further Education background will enrol on the Graduate Certificate.
    • Typically, applicants with a Higher Education (degree) background will enrol on the Postgraduate Certificate.

    The most appropriate qualification for individual applicants will be considered depending on their individual profile. You will also need time, energy and commitment.

    What will I study?

    Optional modules are indicative and may be subject to change.


    Accredited by: Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)

    This course is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

    Teaching and learning

    Delivery will be by a combination of distance learning and optional study days where guest speakers, seminars and practical classes support the modules. A range of distance learning methods will be used, including study notes, e-mail and Harper Adams’ interactive virtual learning environment ‘The Learning Hub’. Access to a computer and broadband internet is essential.

    Modules will be assessed by a range of methods, including assignments end of module examination, and practical exams. Support in assessment skills is available for those who have not sat an examination recently.

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