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Unit information: Applied Surgical Nursing and Analgesia in 2015/16

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Unit name Applied Surgical Nursing and Analgesia
Unit code VETS30023
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Ms. Busschers
Open unit status Not open

All 1st, 2nd and 3rd year units


All other 4th year units.

School/department Bristol Veterinary School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This unit is a part of the BSc Honours Programme– Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science. It expands upon the underpinning knowledge gained within the Anaesthesia and Fluid Therapy and the Surgical Nursing and Theatre Practice units in year 2 of the programme and will enable students to investigate in more depth key areas of advanced surgical nursing and analgesia. They will reflect upon the clinical nursing they have carried out within the third yearof the programme, evaluate its effectiveness and formulate care plan strategies based upon clinical practice and theory taught within the unit.


  • To expand on the knowledge and understanding of surgical nursing, analgesia and patient management acquired in Year 2 and applying that knowledge in order to develop a strategy to meet the needs of patients suffering from the less common surgical conditions of cats, dogs and horses.
  • To enable the student to understand and assume the responsibility for the provision of the nursing and veterinary requirements of patients under the direction of the supervising veterinary surgeon.
  • To develop students skills in problem solving

Intended learning outcomes

  • Students will articulate the responsibilites for the provision and delivery of the advanced nursing requirements of surgical patients during the perioperative period
  • Assess the needs of patients undergoing advanced surgical procedures and describe the nursing interventions to support these patients
  • Discuss the principles behind multimodal analgesia and analgesia assessment and critically evaluate the effectiveness of this
  • Plan , implement and evaluate the effectiveness of the nursing delivered to a range of patients with common and complex surgical conditions
  • Prepare and understand the use of the equipment necessary for specific advanced surgical procedures (to include thoracotomy, spinal surgery and major orthopaedic surgery)
  • To research current literature on advanced surgical nursing of common or complex procedures and demonstrate their knowledge for a specialist audience using appropriate language

Teaching details

  • Lectures
  • Practicals
  • Case Studies
  • Discussion sessions

Assessment Details

  • 2 hour unseen Written Paper (70%)
  • Poster presentation - 15 minutes (30%)
  • Resits as above
  • Students who fail to satisfy either of the above criteria will be deemed to have failed the whole unit and will need to resit that component part

Reading and References


  • BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Advanced Veterinary Nursing (BSAVA British Small Animal Veterinary Association) by Alasdair Hotston Moore, Suzanne Rudd British Small Animal Veterinary Association; 2nd Edition edition (2008)
  • BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Anaesthesia & Analgesia Edited by C. Seymour & T.Duke
  • BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Surgical Principles, a foundation manual. Eds: S Baines, V Lipscomb, T Hutchinson.
  • Anaesthesia for Veterinary Nurses ed: Dr E Welsh
  • Hall, Clarke & Trim Veterinary Anaesthesia 10th Edition
  • Veterinary Surgery: Small Animal, 1st Edition, 2012, Eds. Tobias & Johnston, Saunders​

Further reading:

  • Small Animal Surgery, T. W. Fossum Mosby; 4th edition (2012)
  • Small Animal Spinal Disorders: Diagnosis and Surgery by Nicholas J. H. Sharp (Author), Simon J. Wheeler (Author) Mosby; 2 edition (2004)
  • Equine Surgery; Auer and Stick, Saunders 4th ed (2012)
  • Textbook of Veterinary Surgical Nursing, 1st ediction. Eds C Martin and J. Masters