Veterinary group Linnaeus has announced it will be running two Referral Nursing Professional Development (RNPD) programmes focusing on surgical nursing and internal medicine, starting in September.

The four-month courses are free and open to RVNs of all levels across Linnaeus’s referral hospitals. 

The training combines live and pre-recorded virtual lectures, skills lists and case reports, with attendees also presenting a case they have worked on to support reflection of their nursing care.

Linnaeus says it has plans to host further neurology RNPD programmes next year, after a successful pilot finished in July.

Helen Musgrave (pictured right) is a neurology RVN at Wear Referrals in County Durham, who attended the neurology RNPD programme.

She said: “As one of six neurology nurses at Wear, the course gave me a different perspective and approach to neurology.

"We take patient care very seriously and the training covers all aspects of this, from long-term hospitalised patients to the vet's perspective on clinical assessment and examination.

"This provided me with a wider knowledge and understanding of the patient's assessment and neurological grading system.”

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