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This syllabus is developed and produced by an international partnership of vocational training centres, national certifying bodies and representatives from the profession. The development and the results were closely observed and steered by international organisations like the UEVP and a large international network of interested parties, called VETNNET. Financial support has been granted by the Leonardo Da Vinci programme of the European Union and from a budget of the involved project partners themselves
The UEVP is an organisation of small animal veterinary surgeons throughout Europe. This organisation was involved in the development of a standard in Veterinary Nurse training in Europe from the beginning. They have made a first proposal of skills needed for a veterinary nurse. UEVP continues to be interested and involved in this topic.
Leonardo Da Vinci is a subsidy programme of the European Union for stimulation of innovation of vocational training in Europe. More specific information about the programme is available at DGXXII of the European Union in Brussels. The training programme described in this syllabus was developed in the first two years of a three year project granted from the Leonardo programme. The third year of the project is used to verify the training centres implementing the training programme as well as verifying the practical training centres, the veterinary practices, by an international committee.
VETNNET is the monitoring network in the development of this basic European training programme. This network was launched in November 1995 with the ultimate goal to achieve a concept of a European qualification for veterinary nurse training, which are the same aims as stated in the project proposal of the Leonardo Da Vinci submission of June in that year. The first members where the initial partners of the project. The network has extended to more than 19 members from 8 different EU-member states in less than two years. Amongst members are training institutes, certifying bodies, veterinary organisations and other interested parties. A newsletter, the official medium of the network, is issued every half year and sent to all members and various other institutes. The specific task of VETNNET in this project is to observe the progress in the project by bi-annual presentations of results in a meeting. And to assess the products. The extensive membership of institutes throughout Europe guarantees the applicability of the syllabus in Europe.
VETNNET is also the basis for extensive co-operation between institutes involved in veterinary nurse training. Various exchange programs have taken place already. Students can benefit by doing foreign studies or practical training in another country. The newsletter frequently reports about the actions through the network.
The achieved product is a basic European training programme with all minimum requirements for a assistant in a veterinary practice. The student is trained to a basic level in the most frequent tasks and is able to cope with the ethics and hazards involved in the work. The format of the training programme is modular and therefore allows integration with existing training for updates and extension. It also has possibilities of completion of an education in another institute in Europe.
SQA, the former Scotvec, is the first institute to officially award this basic training programme with a qualification to the ‘veterinary care assistant’. The project partners and the network members are very positive towards the future of veterinary nursing in Europe.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS General introduction to the syllabus.
I.1. Purpose of the syllabus 7
I.2. Structure of the syllabus 7
I.3. Module overview 8
I.4. Transferable units 8
I.5. Conclusion 8
Chapter 1: Units in the basic training programme. 9
2.12. Occupational hazards, health and safety and care of equipment 35
2.13. Medical nursing and pathology 36
Chapter 3: Module descriptions. 37
Receptionist duties 38
Theatre techniques 43
General nursing 56
Laboratory work 67
Anatomy and physiology 71
In patient care and hospital management 81
First aid 86
Diagnostic procedures 94
Structure of the profession and ethics 100
Occupational hazards, health and safety and care of equipment 107
Medical nursing and pathology. 112
Chapter 4: Worksheets for practical assessment. 115
Receptionist duties 116
Theatre techniques 124
General nursing 148
Laboratory work 154
Anatomy and physiology
In patient care and hospital management 166
First aid 174
Diagnostic procedures 186
Structure of the profession and ethics 192
Occupational hazards, health and safety and care of equipment 194
Medical nursing and pathology. 20
GENERAL INTRODUCTION TO THE SYLLABUS This syllabus contains the basic skill requirements for veterinary nurse training within the European Community. The establishment of this syllabus has been closely monitored by the UEVP as an external verifier and has been developed together with partners from the profession of veterinary nurses and veterinary surgeons. The results have been presented to several European veterinary and para-veterinary bodies as well as to training institutes from six member states of the European Community for assessment.
I.1. Purpose of the syllabus: The purpose of the syllabus is to describe the basic level for veterinary nurse training which should be the same throughout Europe. The content was therefore also reviewed and advised by some European veterinary organisations. The basic level will facilitate the movement of students across the EU member states and it will create the possibility to enter training in other countries. The position of the veterinary nurse will be improved in Europe once this syllabus is adopted in many European institutes. Graduates from these institutes will find their way to work in Europe easier because the basic level throughout Europe is equal.
The Scottish Vocational Qualification institute (SQA, the former Scotvec) will award the basic level described in this syllabus with the title ‘veterinary care assistant’. It is proposed as an entry qualification to the official UK veterinary nurse training. The level is accomplishable for veterinary nurse training in most European countries.
I.2. Structure of the syllabus The syllabus describes the content of the training in three levels:
How to achieve these levels is different for each country. Some countries may teach the greater part in college some may teach it for the greater part in the practice.
This syllabus consists of 13 modules. The format of the syllabus is modular following the Scotvec model. This format is a model for modular descriptions in more countries, as the Dutch modular descriptions have the same content but a different format. Each module is described in a module description concerning the training outcome and requirements for assessment and conclusion. The module descriptions are included in chapter 3 of this syllabus. Most modules contain a practical task list and proposed assessment criteria.
I.3. Module overview In the table below all modules described in this syllabus are listed. For each module a suggested study load is indicated.
I.4. Transferable units Some of the modules in this syllabus, and described in the above table, contain criteria that are different across Europe. These are the specific criteria concerning the laws applicable in the field of veterinary nursing. For these criteria a special transferable unit or module is to be made, which has parallel units for all countries that have a member in VETNNET. The transferable units will be described in a supplement. This supplement will be reviewed regularly to cover new countries involved or new laws applied in some countries.
I.5. Conclusion Further work to refine chapter 2, 3 and 4 will be carried out over the next year. Methods of delivery, development of qualifications, verification procedures and details of the proposed delivery structure will be available over the next year
CHAPTER 1: MODULES AND LEVELS OF THE BASIC TRAINING PROGRAMME