Online Short Courses at The College of Animal Welfare

Short online courses are the modern way to gain and update new skills and knowledge. Our range of online short courses can be studied from around the world at a time and place that is convenient to you. You can enrol and start at any time.

All course content, communication and assessment/certificate (where appropriate) is undertaken directly through the course site.

View all online short courses and CPD

Principles of Animal First Aid

£25, 7 hours of CPD
This course is designed for people without a veterinary qualification who care for animals in a public environment, for example, those working in a kennel/cattery/rescue centre, pet sitters, dog walkers and dog/cat owners. You will gain the skills and knowledge to provide safe and effective emergency first aid to animals until veterinary assistance is available. This course provides seven hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and, on successful completion of all online activities and assessments, a certificate of course completion can be downloaded from the site.

Microchip Implantation Refresher Course for Veterinary Nurses

£25, 12 hours of CPD
This online learning course is aimed at registered and student veterinary nurses who are tasked with implanting microchips into dogs, cats, rabbits or ferrets under the direction of a veterinary surgeon. You will look at current legislation, recognised implantation sites both in the UK and Europe and the process for non-functioning microchips; in addition to refreshing your knowledge on the range of equipment available and the process and aftercare of the microchipped animal. As part of this refresher course you will have the option to confirm your practical competence by microchipping two animals from the permitted species (as stated by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) and have a veterinary surgeon complete a witness testimony form. This form should then be kept with your CPD records and uploaded to your Professional Development Record (PDR).

Equine Clinical Coach Training

£25, 3 hours of CPD
This online course (providing three hours of CPD) is designed for clinical coaches of student veterinary nurses working within an equine practice. You will look at the equine pathway of the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing qualification, Fitness to Practise principles, the role of the equine clinical coach, student support strategies, assessing your student’s learning preference, tutorials and record keeping, use of the equine Nursing Progress Log (NPL), and how to ensure your own skills and knowledge are up-to-date. Each section of the course includes interactive lessons, resources and quizzes.

Veterinary Medicines

In collaboration with Veterinary Prescriber we are pleased to offer a range of online CPD courses; providing independent and comparative information to help rational decision making in the use of veterinary medicines. As the majority of information available on veterinary medicines is supplied by pharmaceutical companies which can have a tendency to lack impartiality, it can be difficult to get the full facts about benefits, harms and how treatment options compare. These online courses can be taken on parasiticides, drug interactions, lipid infusions, stem cell therapy and more.

e Safety

This free to access course is a collection of information and guidance on how to make informed choices and stay safe when communicating online. Throughout the course you will be asked to read information and take part in tasks. You will look at social media, protecting your data, your online image, sexting and sextortion and phishing and spoofing.

VCA Next Steps

Are you thinking of taking the next steps to train for the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing? Are you concerned you may not meet entry requirements and are looking for ways to achieve these? Then this free video lecturer is your next step in this journey!

Veterinary Nursing CPD

From £25
We have a variety of VN CPD courses available for you, ranging from 1 hour videos to 12 hour CPD courses.