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BTEC First Diploma: Equine Nursing Technician

Enrolments open for entry in March 2018 

Enrolment deadline: 29th March 2018 – apply early to secure your place! 

March 2018 cohort Induction Study Week: 21st – 24th May 2018

This level 2 course is designed as an introduction to the field of equine veterinary nursing.

It is ideal for those:

  • interested in becoming an equine veterinary nurse with no prior nursing experience
  • interested in horses and wanting to find out more about veterinary nursing
  • just starting out in a nursing career
  • learners in the early stage of their equine training aspiring to work, or already working with, horses either in a veterinary practice, welfare organisation or equestrian establishment
  • learners aspiring to train towards the City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Equine Pathway)
  • whilst the majority of learners are likely to be of school-leaving age, this qualification will also be of interest to mature students seeking a new career opportunity

Qualification Aims

This qualification focuses on providing the skills needed for those with responsibility for the care of sick, injured and/or neglected horses and aims to:

  • provide the skills needed by those who assist with the care of horses, and will be suitable for those aspiring to, or already working with horses whether in a veterinary practice, welfare organisation or equestrian establishment
  • provide a recognised qualification for equine support staff

It will provide the foundation knowledge required for those interested in progression to:

  • a career in Equine Veterinary Nursing
  • admission on to the City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing training programme
  • TOCES’ BTEC Advanced Certificate: Equine Nursing Technician

 

Programme Structure

Enrolment includes BEVA membership

Programme specifications
Academic Level: Further Education Level 2
Number of units/modules: 6
Study Hours per Unit: 60
Total Hours:  360
Course Duration:  Maximum of 18 months to complete course requirements
Study Week Requirements: 2x compulsory 4 day study weeks
Awarding body information

Pearson (BTEC) are the UK’s largest awarding body and are regulated by Ofqual (England), SQA Accreditation (Scotland), CCEA Accreditation (Northern Ireland) and Qualifications Wales (Wales). Pearson offer academic and vocational qualifications that are globally recognised and benchmarked.

TOCES bespoke designed courses accredited by Pearson (BTEC), are on the Self Regulating Framework (SRF).  When selecting a course with a view to using it as an entry qualification for other higher education institutions (HEIs) it is important to check their entry criteria and confirm that they will accept SRF programmes as well as QCF programmes. This course is on the SRF.

Study Weeks

September 2017 cohort

Study week 2: 16th – 19th July 2018

March 2018 cohort

Study week 1: 21st – 24th May 2018

Study week 2: 5th – 8th November 2018

Entry criteria
  • 14 years old or older
  • No formal qualifications are required
  • Must undertake at least 80 hours of work experience (paid or unpaid) within a veterinary practice with equine provision. The 80 hours can be spread across the duration of the programme – it does not need to be undertaken in one block
Work experience requirements
  • Students must undertake at least 80 hours of work experience (paid or unpaid) within a veterinary practice with equine provision
  • The 80 hours can be spread across the duration of the programme – it does not need to be undertaken in one block
  • Work experience does not need to be arranged prior to enrolment
  • While most work experience should be spent in equine practice, work experience can include shadowing your own equine veterinarian and spending some time in other types of veterinary practice i.e. small or large animal
  • Veterinary practices do not need to be an RCVS accredited training practice
Assessment method
  • Each module includes two written work assignments – a Formative Work Assignment and a Summative Work Assignment
  • College based theory written assessments
  • College based practical assessments
Anatomy and Physiology

By completing this module you will be able to:

1   Recognise structures of equine musculo-skeletal anatomy 

Outline the main cellular and musculo-skeletal structures and functions

Describe the link between the anatomy of musculo-skeletal structures and their functions

2    Know the structure and functions of the equine circulatory and respiratory systems

Identify and describe the structures of the circulatory and respiratory systems

Describe the functions of the lymphatic system

3    Be aware of the equine systems of control

Outline the components and functions of the horse’s nervous, sensory and endocrine systems,

Describe how the sensory systems enable the horse to perceive his environment. 

4   Know the structure and functions of the equine urogenital tract

Identify the structures of the horse’s urinary systems

Explain the functions of the organs of the horse’s urinary system.

Describe the structure and function of the mare’s and stallion’s reproductive tract.t

Introduction to Horse Management

By completing this module you will be able to:

1       Know the horse’s requirements in terms of stabling and pasture

Explain the horse’s requirements in terms of stable design, grazing, fencing, shelter and water provision in the field

Identify poisonous plants and trees and explain the action needed when poisonous plants and trees are present in the field

Outline key seasonal pasture management issues

2       Be able to apply daily horse management practices

Demonstrate effective grooming and rugging up

Demonstrate effective clipping techniques and apply stable bandages

Prepare a horse for a journey in a lorry or trailer and assist with the loading and unloading of a horse onto, and off of, a lorry or trailer

3     Be able to prepare a horse for lungeing and carry out lungeing procedure

Fit items of tack and equipment safely

Explain the importance of  correct adjustment of the items of tack fitted

Exercise a schooled horse on the lunge

4     Understand the digestive physiology of the horse

Describe the basic anatomy and functions of the horse’s digestive tract

Identify the main types of feedstuffs and outline their nutritional value

Identify the main types of feedstuffs and outline their nutritional value

 

Equine Health

By completing this module you will be able to:

1   Discuss factors essential for maintaining horse health

Discuss factors essential for maintaining horse health

Explain how internal parasites affect horses and outline methods of control

Discuss the role of infection control on maintaining horse health

2     Describe the assessment and clinical observation of patients

Explain how a healthy horse will appear physically

Describe the signs of ill health

Demonstrate how to record the temperature, pulse and respiratory rates

3          Describe breeding and reproduction of horses

Explain how to assess the stage in the oestrus cycle using a teaser

Describe the natural covering procedure and the artificial insemination technique

Describe normal and abnormal parturition

4         Describe normal and abnormal parturition

Recognise the normal parameters of a healthy foal

Be aware of most common infectious neonatal disorders

Describe the most common non-infectious neonatal disorders

Relationships and Accountability

By completing this module you will be able to:

1        Understand styles of communication

Describe verbal and non-verbal methods of communication

Compare communication styles

Comment on the effectiveness of different communication styles

2         Be aware of factors affecting communication in the equine veterinary practice

Identify the importance of effective communication within the veterinary practice

Explain the principles of clinical record keeping

Demonstrate an understanding of, and sensitivity to, a range of emotionally demanding situations

3       Be aware of the legal and professional regulatory framework governing employees in the equine veterinary practice

Identify the roles of the veterinary nurse and nursing technician 

Discuss the regulatory role of the RCVS in veterinary practice

Explain the key concepts of Schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966

4       Understand ethical issues that may arise in the equine veterinary practice

Define the term ‘ethics’ as it may be applied within the veterinary practice

Describe examples of ethical dilemmas that may be encountered within the equine veterinary practice

Discuss potential management strategies for ethical dilemmas encountered in the veterinary practice

 

Health and Safety in Veterinary Nursing Practice

By completing this module you will be able to:

1          Outline the main responsibilities of employers and employees in terms of health and safety in the workplace

Understanding Health and Safety:  what health and safety is, why is it relevant and who is responsible for it. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, employee training, consequences of poor workplace health and safety practices

 

2          Outline key regulations within health and safety legislation that have an impact on working practices in the equine veterinary practice

Key Regulations and Guidance: manual handling, employees’ duties in manual handling, manual handling risk assessments, work equipment, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (2002), prevention or control of exposure to substances hazardous to health, waste disposal in veterinary practice, cytotoxic drugs, photographic waste, contaminated sharps, infectious waste, non-hazardous waste, personal protective equipment: Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR), requirements of the regulations

 

3          Identify the principle risks to health and safety in the equine veterinary practice

Zoonotic diseases: causes and prevention, zoonotic diseases, common zoonotic disease transmission routes, zoonotic diseases spread by the faecal – oral route, bacterial and fungal diseases that infect people by direct contact, zoonotic diseases spread by horse parasites

Working with radiation: radiation protection, the controlled area, monitoring of designated persons

 

4          Describe how risks to health and safety can be managed and reduced in the context of equine veterinary nursing practice

Managing Health and Safety:  management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, risk assessment, how to assess the risks, controlling the risks, reviewing the risks, risk areas in the veterinary practice, risks when handling horses

Nursing Support in the Equine Veterinary Practice

By completing this module you will be able to:

1    Be aware of infection control measures within the equine veterinary hospital

Be aware of infection control measures within the equine veterinary hospital

Describe the principles of barrier nursing

Explain how a high level of hygiene is maintained in the equine veterinary hospital

2    Understand how in-patients should be nursed within the equine veterinary hospital

Understand the assessment, monitoring and recording of in-patient details

Explain how nursing and care plans will vary according to individual cases

Discuss the administration of medication

3    Know the principles of equine first aid

Be aware of different types of wounds and their treatment

Be aware of different types of wounds and their treatment

Demonstrate a variety of veterinary bandaging techniques

4    Know how to handle diagnostic specimens for laboratory investigation

Know how to handle diagnostic specimens for laboratory investigation

Know how to complete all documentation that accompanies specimens

Understand diagnostic laboratory processes

Full Payment

£1750
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  • Online access to all course materials
  • Tutor support
  • Two four day study weeks
  • Does not include accommodation, breakfast and evening meals
  • Printing and postage fees (optional)
  • BTEC Registration fee £137.80 payable upon enrolment
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