Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nursing

Course Points
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
18 Places
Course Start Date
January 2022

Three great reasons to consider this course

  • Opportunity for continuing professional development and achievement of CVE points.
  • Supports the development of skills and knowledge in practice which will lead to enhanced patient care.
  • Facilitates the development of specialist knowledge and skills in emergency and critical care nursing.

Course Summary

The 10-credit part-time programme focuses on developing knowledge and skills in small animal emergency and critical care for veterinary nurses. It was identified in response to skills needs identified in internal and external surveys.

Important notice about this course


This course consists of one 10-credit module which is delivered on a part-time basis over one semester. The course content includes: Common critical care presentations; Appraisal of the critically ill animal; Emergency nursing skills; CPCR; Current practice in veterinary emergency and critical care.

The programme consists of one 10 credit module. The detail of the module content, learning outcomes and assessment can be viewed here.


This module is co-delivered with the full time BSc in Veterinary Nursing programme so the timetables are interdependent.

The lectures for the module are online on Tuesday mornings 9am-12pm with practical classes taking place on campus from 10am-12pm on Wednesdays.    

The labs will require on-site attendance for most of the semester but will be online for the first 2 weeks due to the current extreme Covid situation.

This course was identified as being of high relevance to many veterinary nurses in practice and will enhance skills and knowledge in the areas of emergency and critical care of small animals. It will also be of value to veterinary nurses who wish to specialise in this area or move to a more senior role within the practice.

€50 Application fee (refundable only if not made an offer) 

€100 Accept Offer fee (non-refundable) 

The remainder of fee is €550 

Total fee = €700 

Applicants must have a minimum of a BSc in Veterinary Nursing (or equivalent) which is registerable with the Veterinary Council of Ireland. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirement may be considered for entry using the Institute's Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) procedures.

Veterinary Nurses working in practice who wish to enhance skills in the area of emergency and critical care veterinary nursing.

Dr. Breda Brennan (Head of Department of Agriculture, Food and Animal Health)
Phone: +353 429370200
Email: breda.brennan@dkit.ie

Course ID DK_NAERV_8
Course Type Flexible & Professional
Study Mode Part-Time
Level 8
Duration 1 Semester
Fees €700
Starting Date January 2022
School School of Health & Science
Department Agriculture, Food and Animal Health
Credits 10
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
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How to Apply

You can enrol online for this course by clicking on the button below.

Applicants should also include a copy of their CV and copies of existing academic qualifications with their application.