Vets Now AdvantEdge - an accelerated route into ECC

Vets examining a kitten with broken leg
A new training programme, AdvantEdge has been developed for vets wanting to work in emergency and critical care (ECC).

Vets Now clinical director Amanda Boag has designed the programme, and explains that all of the lectures and practical classes are led by ECC diplomates or other experts in their fields.

Boag, who is president of the European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and vice-president of the RCVS, explains that there are two courses: one for experienced clinicians and one for new graduates.

For experienced vets wanting a fast-track route into ECC, AdvantEdge involves a four-week training programme.

She says: ‘We know there are a large number of vets who want to work in emergency practice, but feel they may not have all the skills, or the confidence, to jump straight into a sole-charge role.

‘This new programme will complement and enhance our existing portfolio of training by providing vets who already have a solid foundation of experience with a much quicker route into ECC.’

Those who choose to start their career through AdvantEdge will receive two weeks’ intensive residential training. After that, they’ll move to one of Vets Now’s out-of-hours clinics or its emergency and specialty hospitals where they will work alongside experienced emergency clinicians for two weeks.

"This new programme will complement and enhance our existing portfolio of training"

The first intake of new graduates on this training will start in May. In their first year, they will work in close collaboration with a senior vet.

Boag continues: ‘They’ll quickly learn about our open supportive clinical culture and discover there are structures in place to ensure they can always access advice and never feel alone’.

The company also offers its staff the opportunity to develop their ECC skills to achieve advanced practitioner status.

Other CPD opportunities include a free 12-week online course called the emergency patient, which all of its new staff can sign up to.

Other routes into emergency and critical care

VetsNow already offers an intensive 10-week course known as Cutting Edge, for vets with little experience of challenging emergency cases. It involves a range of learning supported by mentored work in its clinics.

A distance learning scheme, Refresh Your Edge, is for more experienced vets who want to build their confidence studying in their own time before working independently.

Nursing Edge is for veterinary nurses who are keen to work in ECC.

Further information is available here.

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