Surgical nursing foundations

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7th July - 28th July 2021

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Online Wednesday Nights 7:30pm (QLD time)

For Vet Nurses & Vet Techs

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CDP Value: AVNAT points: 8

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Open for Veterinary Nurses and Veterinary Technicians only

Surgery success is a multifactorial situation, so how can you make sure it has every possible chance of success as a nurse/ tech? Having excellent aseptic technique and thorough knowledge of the surgical instruments can have a huge impact on your patient. Instrument cleanliness and function not only mean the difference between infection and healing, but also influence the longevity of that instrument and the costs to the clinic. Plus having a sound knowledge of the purpose of an instrument can mean you are better prepared for the procedure, putting you one step ahead of your vet, and most importantly shortens  surgical time which is better for everyone especially the patients. So, join us for a 4 week course where we will help you look after, test and understand the ins and outs of your surgical instruments and asepsis in your clinic. Register today to have a direct impact on the quality of care you can bring to your team and the patients.

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Register before the 1st June 2021 to receive a free A3 printed instrument poster sent to your clinic

Do you struggle with…

  • How to check your surgical instruments?  
  • What instrument is best for the procedure at hand? 
  • Assessing instrument function?  
  • What’s the best cleaning and testing protocol for instrument longevity?

What if there was a safe online course that you could attend to help bolster your knowledge and understanding of all the surgical instruments in your clinic?

 A place where you can learn how to best clean, test, and care for those very expensive tools. Because a sharp instrument means less trauma on the patient and a clean instrument means a reduced risk of infection. Learn aseptic techniques to assist your vet during surgery and most importantly contribute to better surgical outcomes because of great care and appreciation of your surgical nursing skills. 

  • 4 Weeks Online

  • Interactive and practical

  • Live online classroom

  • Small class size

What you will learn

You will revise :
  • Week 1 – Foundations of instrument care
  • Week 2 – Instrument anatomy and functions
  • Week 3  – Instrument function testing
  • Week 4  – Advanced instrument knowledge 
You will develop skills in how to :
  • Identify damaged and non-functioning instruments
  • Test a wide range of instruments
  • Find options for what to do with non-functioning instruments
  • Identify different instruments and their purpose
  • Inspect and clean your instruments for longevity

Daily Schedule


Foundations on how to care for your surgical instruments. Learn how to identify damaged and non-functioning instruments, how to clean, dry and store them and what to look for during the inspection process. Are you inspecting them every time? Gain the tools to process your instruments and have a better understanding of the importance of their function.


Getting to know your instruments and what they are made off can mean the difference between well cared for or damaged instruments. Improve your knowledge of the metal components of your surgical instruments, what your instruments are made of and how to properly care for them. Do you know the significance of a gold handled instrument?


Learn how to identify damaged and non-functioning instruments in your clinic. How to assess and test a wide variety of instruments, from “are they sharp enough?” and ”do they still align correctly?”  Do you know what options you have to get your instruments back to optimum efficacy?


Name that instrument! In our last instalment of Surgical Nursing Foundations, we will introduce you to some of the creators of your surgical instrument, what your instruments are used for and why it is important to know how to use your surgical equipment correctly. Having a better knowledge of what your instruments are for means you can be better equipped for the surgery and know what your vet is going to need next.


Your Educators

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Cindy Grew

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Qualifications: Cert IV Vet Nurse, Cert IV TAE

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Specialisation: Animal Health and Education

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Prior to working with B. Braun, Cindy had been a Veterinary Nurse for 7 years with 3 of those years as the practice manager for 3 hospitals, one of which was a 24-hour emergency clinic. One of her passions is caring for our Australian Native Wildlife; it was this passion that drove her to become a wildlife carer with WIRES and head up the wildlife treatment division within the clinic. Cindy still nurses on occasions as she feels this is important to keep her skills relevant.

What our participants say…


“I can’t believe I have been cleaning our surgical instrument all wrong. Now I have made some changes and all the nurses are on board, it’s great! Thank you so much.”


“Very educational and comprehensive. Easily accessible information and classes. So helpful and knowledgeable”


“Ideal for all levels of nurses, so much great information an”


Your Questions Answered

Are the online courses recorded?

Yes! Each live session is recorded, and the recordings are shared to each participant in a folder link. Registrants will have access to all the recordings for 30 days after the completion of the course.

Can I pay off my registration fee?

Yes! We offer payment plans so registrants can pay off their fee easily. To request a payment plan, please contact [email protected].

What happens if the course is cancelled?

If VetPrac cancels any workshops, you will be provided with a refund.

Are there group discounts available?

Yes! If you are coming in a group of 3 or more, discounts are available. Please contact us directly to discuss group discounts.

What happens if I pay and then later can’t attend?

As per our workshop terms & conditions, refunds are provided (if the cancellation is in writing) up to 45 days prior to the workshop. Cancellations made 45 days prior to the commencement of the workshop incur a 50% administration fee. Cancellations made 7 days prior to the commencement of the workshop are not refundable.

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

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


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