August 7th - September 4th 2024

7:30pm Wednesday nights, AEST



Certificate on completion

Orthopaedic nursing
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Do you have these top 5 skills of an orthopaedic veterinary nurse?
1.    Hands-free radiographic positioning
2.    Orthopaedic equipment assembly
3.    Surgical skin preparation
4.    Assisting the surgeon & handling instruments correctly
5.    Orthopaedic draping
We’ll be covering these points and more in this NEW online course for all veterinary nurses & technicians. It’s especially suited to those moving into ortho, or wanting to update their skills and clinic protocols.
Access opens Wednesday July 24th, 2024 and expires Wednesday March 4th, 2025.

Without great nursing, veterinary orthopaedic surgery is a pipedream

Many veterinary practices are upskilling to provide orthopaedic surgery services. We know this, because our surgical workshops for vets are hugely popular.

But what about the nursing?

Not every practice can send their nursing staff to dedicated workshop. Because we see nurses and techs as a critical part of the orthopaedic process, we’re doing everything we can to make CE accessible. Without skilled nurses and techs, you can’t control asepsis, patient prep, theatre setup, surgical workflows, anaesthesia monitoring, instrument maintenance and assembly… and there’s plenty more.

The whole team needs to be “in the know”

Something we hear frequently is that veterinary nurses and techs are underutilised in practice. We agree. This course is designed to help you and your team make the leap: by providing perioperative training to nurses and techs so the whole process of orthopaedic surgery can run smoothly, from patient prep to recovery.

Getting the whole team on the same page is absolutely vital for patient outcomes and for team satisfaction and engagement.

No time for staff training?

We can help. Send your surgical support stars to this flexible online course to upskill in all those areas where nurses and techs are vital to perioperative care. You’ll be able to focus the whole team on patient care and efficient workflow, reduce the stress of procedural shifts and allow your team to enjoy the feeling of doing great work.

All for just $347 per attendee.








Applied nursing for orthopaedics
  • Patient positioning for standard radiographic views
  • Assembly of complex orthopaedic equipment
  • Instrument reprocessing & maintenance
  • Theatre management & infection control
  • Patient handling & preparation
  • Incision preparation & management of asepsis
  • Foot wraps & hanging limb preps
  • Patient positioning for surgery
  • The scrubbed surgical assistant role
  • Tissue handling, haemostasis, retraction, handling & cutting suture

Course schedule

FREE introductory module – Top 5 Skills for the Orthopaedic Veterinary Nurse

ortho nursing teaser 300x168 1This sneak peek shows you how to handle hands-free radiographic positioning, orthopaedic equipment assembly, and a range of perioperative techniques to get your patient into surgery with a minimum of time and much less fuss. Rhonda will also cover some of the more technical components of surgical nursing, like skin prep for proper asepsis, orthopaedic draping, and instrument handling movements while you’re assisting the surgeon in theatre.



Module 1 – Imaging for Different Orthopaedic Surgeries

The kneebone is connected to the thigh bone, but if you’ve spent any time around presurgical radiographs, you’ll know that quality diagnostic images are very specific indeed. This module covers vital skills that help the team collect the best possible images for surgical planning.

  1. Positioning for fore and hindlimb images
  2. What orthogonal really means
  3. Troubleshooting radiographic images through positioning
  4. Hands-free radiography & radiographic safety

Module 2 – Instrumentation & Orthopaedic Equipment

There’s nothing like the snip of properly sharp suture scissors, and there’s nobody as valuable as the only nurse who can set up the arthroscope! This module is rich with images and videos from clinical practice, to help you identify, assemble, maintain and handle the tools of the veterinary orthopaedic trade.

  1. Identification of specialised orthopaedic instruments
  2. Understanding how the instruments are (supposed to be) used
  3. Instrument handling during surgery
  4. Assembly of complex equipment
  5. Reprocessing principles

Module 3 – Theatre Management & Infection Control

This is an absolutely critical area of surgical nursing, and one which sounds dry on paper but which is interesting in practice. The team shares a lot of responsibility for making sure the theatre environment is clean and fit for purpose. Even for experienced nurses, there will be aspects you can improve by attending this session.

  1. Preparing the room
  2. Managing theatre during procedures
  3. Maintaining the theatre environment (daily, weekly & for maintenance)
  4. PPE & wearables
  5. Infection control principles

Module 4 – Patient Handling & Preparation

There’s a huge variation in what you’ll need to handle as an orthopaedic nurse. Fractures come in all shapes, sizes, and locations. Patients can be mild mannered, painful or fearful. An open fracture presents a very different challenge to an elective TPLO, but they’re both orthopaedic surgeries. This module describes how you can cope with these situations and get your patient into surgery.

  1. Patient scrubbing & asepsis
  2. Foot wrap & hanging limb prep
  3. Patient positioning for surgery

Module 5 – The Scrubbed Surgical Assistant Role

This is where a lot of nurses and techs aim to be – right on the cutting edge and working in theatre alongside the surgeons. Here, Rhonda will cover the skills you need to move safely and competently around the surgical theatre. It’s all about controlled, deliberate movements, and here’s your guide.

    1. Gloving & gowning
    2. Passing instruments
    3. Moving around theatre
    4. Maintaining sterility
    5. Haemostasis, retraction, handling & cutting suture



5 Wednesday evenings, a curious mind & just $347 towards your career development


Avoid the pitfalls & tailor your clinical care to orthopaedic patients


Plan & prepare ortho cases, monitor anaesthesia & provide excellent perioperative care

Your educator

Rhonda Ponder 20204 with VBP

Rhonda Ponder

Qualifications: RVN, AVN, DipVN(GP), DipVN(Surgery)

Rhonda is the 2023 VNCA Veterinary Nurse/Technician of the year and has worked in the veterinary industry for 20 years. She has a certificate IV in vet nursing and not one, but two nursing diplomas. Rhonda was one of the first nurses in Australia to become an AVNAT Registered Veterinary Nurse, and she is passionate about gold standard veterinary care. She is a firm believer that there is always something new to learn in this industry, and actively seeks that new knowledge whenever she can.





x 4 monthly payments of $95

Your Questions Answered

Do I need to attend specific session times?

Not at all. Of course, you can only ask questions and participate in the discussion if you attend live, but it’s not a requirement. Each live session is recorded and uploaded within 24 hours of the live timeslot. Participants have access to recording during the course and for 6 months afterwards. 

Are there group discounts available?

Absolutely Work together, learn together, we say. If 3 or more participants register from the same clinic under the same booking, you’ll receive a 5% discount at checkout when you book on our website. For 4+ registrations, the discount increases to 10%. This isn’t valid with any other promotion.

Can I pay in instalments, or do you offer payment plans?

Yes we have a payment plan available scroll up and you will find it.

Will I get CPD points and a CPD certificate?

Of course! Each participant will receive a CPD certificate via email. We do this after you’ve provided feedback and completed the quiz questions at the end of the course.

What kind of learning materials are included?

All live online courses include live and recorded video presentations. Our educators also provide a variety of other resources so you can expect supporting materials like images, diagrams, course notes, slide presentations, journal articles, links to further reading, and more.

How long is course access open?

24/7 access is available for the duration of the course, and for 6 months after the last live session. You can access recordings, references and reading materials via your course library at any point during this period. We’ll remind you to download and review the course materials before the time is up.

What happens if the course is cancelled?

If we cancel a course, we will refund your course fees. It’s a simple as that.

Still have questions? We’ve got answers.

Still have questions? We’ve got answers. Call 0409 743 100 or  0411 798 165