Nurse/Veterinary Technician Advanced Certificates

Our highest qualification for nurses in primary care veterinary practice
To be eligible to sit the Nurse or Veterinary Technician Advanced Certificate (NAdvCert/VTAdvCert) examination, candidates must complete the ISVPS accredited course of study with an approved training provider.  In addition to the taught modular programme, candidates are required to complete further study in their own time as well as submitting course work and sitting a final online examination.
Who is this certificate for?
Although no prerequisite is required for the ISVPS NAdvCert/VTAdvCert, it is strongly recommended that delegates considering enrolling in the programme:   Have previously achieved an ISVPS NCert/VTCert in an appropriate discipline (or its academic equivalent),    or   Have 5+ years’ experience in general practice as a veterinary nurse/technician.  A background understanding of veterinary anatomy and physiology, and how these impact on the pathogenesis and treatment of various conditions will also be expected.
The NAdvCert/VTAdvCert confers recognition that a Nurse and/or Veterinary Technician has completed a period of postgraduate/post qualification study and passed an examination and written assignment in their chosen field. The successful NAdvCert/VTAdvCert holder will be regarded by peers as having had further training in a specific clinical discipline and therefore able to provide high levels of patient care, improve animal welfare, offer nursing advice to colleagues, and become involved with more complicated nursing care within their practice.

  • 1. Complete the course
    The first step to achieving the NAdvCert/VTAdvCert is to complete the modular training programme with an approved training provider. It is essential that throughout your programme you undertake extended reading around the programme syllabus.
  • 2. Pass the assessments
    • Candidates must submit a written assignment linked to their chosen field of study.
    • Candidates must submit a case log comprising multiple cases which they have been involved with, in practice, whilst studying on the programme. Each entry within the case log needs to record only key information associated with the case. There may be specific requirements for these cases and ISVPS will provide the programme specific requirements
    • Candidates also sit a 90-minute Online Applied Knowledge Examination (OAKE) to assess application of clinical knowledge.

    Full details of the assessment requirements and deadlines for each qualification are made available for candidates once they have started the programme and are registered with ISVPS. Please contact  for further details.

  • 3. Celebrate your success!
    On successful completion of your assessments, you will be awarded the NAdvCert/VTAdvCert with a personalised certificate and your name will be included in the ISVPS register of Certificate holders.

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To get started, enrol on the relevant course with our accredited training provider, Improve Veterinary Education. Once enrolled in a course, you can register with us for your assessments.

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Nurse/Veterinary Technician Advanced Certificates

  • Anaesthesia – NAdvCert/VTAdvCert(AnaesthNsg)
  • Emergency and Critical Care – NAdvCert/VTAdvCert(E&CC)
  • Medical Nursing – NAdvCert/VTAdvCert(MedNsg)
  • Surgical Nursing – NAdvCert/VTAdvCert(SurgNsg)

Please note that this may not be an extensive list of qualifications provided by the ISVPS on a global level. For more detailed information, please contact our team.

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To get started on your ISVPS Advanced Certificate, simply enrol on the relevant course with our accredited training provider, Improve International.

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