Small Mammal Nursing Online

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About this course

How comfortable are you with nursing a rabbit, rodent or another small mammal?

Small mammals may be unfamiliar patients in practice. This course will dispel the myths surrounding their care and enable a greater confidence in dealing with these challenging, yet rewarding cases.

This course will cover the general approach to nursing the small mammal patient, including species-specific biology, nutritional and husbandry needs. Stabilisation, anesthesia and some more advanced critical care techniques will also be discussed to develop a logical and comprehensive approach to the nursing care of these species.


Why do this course?

You will build upon your current nursing skills to learn how to formulate a comprehensive nursing care plan for the commonly presented small mammal species, based on their nutritional and environmental needs, which are often very different from dogs and cats. You will also gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of how to safely anaesthetize these species and how to approach the critical patient.


Course details

Course format: An intensive tutor-moderated online learning experience. Resources include course notes, online lectures, videos and discussion forums with colleagues and tutors 
Course length: Six weeks



Abigail Edis, FdSc RVN CertVNES 
Exotics Veterinary Nurse 
The Royal Veterinary College 

Joanna Hedley, BVM&S DZooMed (Reptilian) DipECZM (Herpetology) MRCVS 
Lecturer in Exotic Species and Small Mammal Medicine and Surgery 
The Royal Veterinary College 

Kelly Deane, FdSc RVN CertVNES 
Exotics Veterinary Nurse 
The Royal Veterinary College 

Nadene Stapleton, BVSc MRCVS 
Exotics Clinician 
The Royal Veterinary College 

Vicki Baldrey, BSc BVSc DZooMed (Avian) MRCVS 
Exotics Clinician 
The Royal Veterinary College 


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