In practice, we are often faced with the challenges of examining, handling and treating animals that are anxious and fearful. This has a direct impact on not only physiological parameters, but also on our ability to handle and treat these patients. By implementing a few changes in our knowledge, approach and practice, we can significantly reduce the stressors our patients face.
Nurses have a significant role in all aspects of patient care and client education. This course aims to increase your knowledge further, allowing you to better educate your clients, with a strong emphasis on preventing compromised welfare. The start of the course will cover the scientific evidence behind promoting good welfare practices. We will look in depth at your role in socialising and habituating puppies and kittens to the practice to minimise anxiety related issues into adulthood.
We will discuss pre-vaccination appointments, appropriate handling, successful puppy classes and courses, sound socialisation and muzzle training. For the adult animals with pre-existing issues, we will look at how we can help to desensitise these patients and make the clinic a more positive place to be. There will be a strong focus on canine and feline body language in order to help you to recognise what your patients are trying to tell you. We will also look at the specific needs of rabbits (a prey species facing significant stressors within the clinic environment) and discuss techniques and tips on how to reduce the stress levels of rabbits while in the clinic.
There are a multitude of simple and effective techniques which can be utilised in your clinic to help to reduce stress in your patients. These will be covered in detail to include techniques utilised during handling, examination, treatment and hospitalisation.