Course details

One day workshop


Vet Nurses

The Surgical Nursing Workshop is looking at ‘best practice’ from the point of view of the Veterinary Nurse to build their confidence in assisting the Veterinary surgeon, provide support for the patient and take ownership of their role in maintaining high standards in surgical nursing.

You will be guided through the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative phases of surgical nursing. Nurses will take home skills & knowledge to nurse their patients from admission, preparation for their surgical procedure / hospital admission, their subsequent anaesthetic/sedation event, hospital stay and recovery to discharge.

Key learning areas:

  • Preparing the patient, the theatre, and the personnel, including surgical site preparation, scrub solutions and techniques, gowning & gloving of surgical personnel, maintaining asepsis
  • Understanding best theatre practices in maintaining sterility, surgical instruments and other associated surgical equipment
  • Understanding the role in assisting the surgeon from positioning and securing the patient, the role & responsibilities of the scrubbed-in surgical nurse, including specific procedures
  • Understanding complications associated with surgery itself and appropriate responses
  • Postoperative care such as wound cleaning, bandage application, and drains
  • Postoperative cleaning routines, instrument cleaning, and sterilization
  • Facilitator


    Jess Odgers

    BAppSc (Vet tech), Cert IV TAE, Cert IV VN

Queensland Vet Courses

Our Gold Coast VTC is based in Ormeau, a hinterland town and suburb in the City of Gold Coast, Queensland.

Our QLD VTC provides a safe and supportive learning environment where vets and vet nurses can learn, practice and ask questions in a small group environment.

Our state-of-the-art facilities feature high-tech seminar rooms and specialised wet-lab areas, ensuring a hands-on experience that’s second to none.

Join our community of veterinary professionals and embark on a journey of growth and excellence together.