Schedule 3 Surgical Procedures for Nurses

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A five-part lecture series delivered by Paul Aldridge BVSc Cert SAS MRCVS, RCVS Advanced Practitioner Small Animal Surgery.

Schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act allows registered veterinary nurses to perform acts of minor surgery under veterinary supervision. This course aims to give an introduction to the typical procedures covered under this legislation. The initial management of traumatic wounds will be covered, along with the decision making process of why, when, and how we close these wounds. Some specific procedures will also be outlined.

Topics to be covered include:
• Initial management of traumatic wounds - lavage and debridement
• Suture material selection, suture patterns, and instrumentation
• Suturing skills - how to close traumatic wounds
• Surgical drains - why we use them & how we place them
• Ear and tail injuries - management and amputation

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