New Course provider in North England - Veterinary Practice
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New Course provider in North England

Premier CPD, set up by Irene Welford-Christie, has announced its first series of courses for veterinary surgeons and nurses.

Mrs Welford-Christie, who graduated from the Royal (Dick) in 1999, says her aim is “to improve the CPD available in the north of England by providing accessible, affordable and high quality attendance courses for the practice team”.

Courses for veterinary surgeons begin in Warrington on 12th February with a day on feline infectious diseases, led by Danielle Gunn-Moore; this will be repeated in Penrith on 16th April. Other courses are on: canine cardiology, with Simon Swift (12th March in Penrith, 30th April in Warrington); ophthalmology, with Peter McElroy (26th March in Warrington, 14th May in Penrith); radiology of the thorax, with Martin Sullivan (28th May in Warrington, 4th June in Penrith); radiology of the abdomen, with Martin Suillivan (25th June in Penrith, 9th July in Warrington); and wound management, with Donald Yool (16th July in Warrington, 6th August in Penrith).

Courses planned for veterinary nurses are: surgical nursing, led by Catherine Goulding (25th April in Penrith, 16th May in Warrington), wound management, with Donald Sheeham (27th June in Penrith, 18th July in Warrington); and advanced anaesthesia, with Derek Flaherty (19th September in Warrington, 10th August in Penrith).

The veterinary surgeon courses cost £295 each (with a discount of £180 off every fourth course); the nursing courses are £195 each (again with £180 off every fourth course). Thus, practices can send a delegate (not necessarily the same one) to four of the veterinary surgeon courses for £1,000 and nurses for £600.

For details see, e-mail, telephone 0161 226 9283.

Grants available in England UMD

Professional reports that a number of £1,000 grants are available for veterinary surgeons and practice managers in England.

The grants can be claimed by practices with five or more people and can be used for almost any management development activity, including the UMD Professional Level 5 Diploma in Management for veterinary practice managers and the VPMA’s Certificate in Veterinary Practice Management. Further information on the grants and how to apply is available from Penny Parry on 020 8255 2070 or

Dental bursaries for nurses

Donna Buzzeo, RVN, and Serena Fox (who holds an Australian certificate in Veterinary Nursing) have each received bursaries worth £1,500 from Pfizer Animal Health to enrol for the BVNA Certificate in Dentistry.

The bursaries cover course and examinations fees as well as a substantial contribution towards travel or accommodation during the residential parts of the course.

Donna works at Mulberry Court Vets in Sudbury with vet Gerhard Putter who is studying towards a diploma with the European College of Veterinary Dentistry. Serena Fox works at the Well Pet Clinic in London.

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