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Veterinary Nursing: A Surgical Suite Of Procedures And Techniques

Veterinary Nursing: A Surgical Suite Of Procedures And Techniques

Veterinary Nursing: A Surgical Suite Of Procedures And Techniques

Mary Ellen Goldberg, BS, CVT, VMT, LAAS, SRA
Mary Ellen Goldberg, BS, CVT, VMT, LAAS, SRA
on behalf of VetMedTeam

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Launch date: 03 Sep 2015
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Excellent surgical nursing is a crucial component of every surgical procedure. While the attending veterinarian is the team member who provides the surgical skill and oversees the entire process, the direct hands-on surgical nursing falls into the realm of the veterinary technician. Together the surgeon and the surgical technician create a team that can deliver quality surgical services for their patients.

Many veterinary technicians looking for opportunities to enhance their skills and contribute more to the veterinary team will find this area of practice very satisfying. For example, viewing each patient as an individual and being familiar with the procedure being performed helps to determine the patient's analgesia requirements, pre-, peri- and post-operatively, all with a goal to prevent wind-up and enhance patient recovery.

Client education is also essential in patient care and participants will be able to create discharge instruction specific to the patient's procedure and follow up care. This course includes challenging assignments that will require the student to utilize professional experience and critical thinking skills, along with new concepts and knowledge acquired through the course materials.


On completion of this course the learner will be able to:
1. Prepare the surgical suite for pending procedures
2. Identify medical instruments and their usage
3. Demonstrate the preparation of the patient for surgical procedures including IV catheterization, intubation, and preparation of the surgical site
4. Appropriately position and ready the patient on the surgical table for common abdominal, ophthalmic and orthopedic procedures
5. Employ proper hand washing, masking, gloving and gowning techniques and maintain proper surgical nursing decorum
6. Define and apply the concepts of asepsis, sterile field, and surgical conscience
7. List and describe the functions of anesthesia monitoring devices
8. Recognize the various suture patterns and explain their usage
9. Identify and anticipate common problems that may arise during surgical procedures
10. Implement safe post-surgical monitoring techniques as well as recognize potential complications
11. Define the key terms associated with pain management and the importance of preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative analgesia
12. Utilize appropriate sterilization techniques for surgical equipment
13. Compose and relate comprehensive discharge instructions for the pet owner
Mary Ellen Goldberg, BS, CVT, VMT, LAAS, SRA

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Mary Ellen Goldberg, BS, CVT, VMT, LAAS, SRA
on behalf of VetMedTeam

Mary Ellen Goldberg is a graduate of Harcum College and the University of Pennsylvania. She worked at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Division of Animal Resources and for Research Scientists advising on their choices for anesthesia and pain management on their protocols. She was a member of VCU’s IACUC for 10 years. She has been the instructor of Anesthesia and Pain Management at VetMedTeam, LLC since 2003.

Mary Ellen is a Certified Veterinary
Pain Practitioner through the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) and has been the Executive Secretary for IVAPM since 2008. In addition, she is a Surgical Research Anesthetist certified through the Academy of Surgical Research. She is on the Organizing Committee for APRVT (Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians). Currently, she is a staff member at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant. (CCRA). Mary Ellen is the Exam Chair for the Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses.

Mary Ellen has written several books, and contributed to numerous chapters, regarding anesthesia, pain management and rehabilitation. She speaks at national meetings on these topics and gives private CE to organizational groups. She has worked in various aspects of veterinary medicine from small animal and equine to mixed practice, coccidiosis research for a pharmaceutical company, zoo animal medicine, and laboratory animal medicine.

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This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:

  • AAVSB-Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE)
  • 0.25 Hours -
    Exam Attempts: 3
    Exam Pass Rate: 70

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