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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 2025

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

Next intake January 2025

Applications open Autumn 2024

Register your interest here

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 programme will be delivered on the DkIT campus over two days per week.

There are 3 hours of lectures each week. There is also a weekly three-hour practical class.

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.

Course fee is €700 payable in 2 instalments as follows:

  • Instalment 1: €200 (non-refundable) is payable to confirm your acceptance of a course place.
  • Instalment 2: €500 is payable by the 28th February.

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 Siobhan Jordan (Acting Head of Department of Agriculture, Food and Animal Health)

Course ID DK_NAERV_8
Course Type Flexible & Professional
Study Mode Part-Time
Level 8
Duration 1 Semester
Fees €700
Starting Date January 2025
School School of Health & Science
Department Agriculture, Food and Animal Health
Credits 10
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Delivery Method On Campus

Disclaimer: All module titles are subject to change and for indicative purposes only. All courses are delivered subject to demand and timetables are subject to change. Elective Module options will only run subject to student numbers. The relevant Department will determine the viability of each elective module option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose that option. Students will be offered alternative elective modules on their programme should their preferred elective option not be proceeding. Award Options for Common Entry Programmes: The relevant Department will determine the viability of each award option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose either option. If the numbers for one of the Award options exceed available places, students for this option will be selected based on Academic Merit (highest grades).