Sign up for the 2016 Basic Science Revision Course

Published by December 18, 2015 6:25 pm

We are pleased to announce the basic science revision course aimed primarily at veterinary anaesthesia trainees will be running again in 2016. Primarily aimed at candidates for the European Diploma of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia and the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia the course will be suitable for anyone undertaking further study in veterinary anaesthesia and related disciplines who wishes to consolidate their knowledge in the basic sciences and physiology especially where relevant to veterinary anaesthesia.


This year, the course will be run at the University Of Nottingham School Of Veterinary Science, Sutton Bonington, from Monday the 11th April 2016 to Friday the 15th April 2016 inclusive. It will consist of five intensive days of lectures with associated MCQ sessions to consolidate the knowledge gained. There will be opportunities for book discussions as well as the chance to exchange ideas with trainees from other institutions and experts in their respective fields. There will also be a course meal as well as a quiz night with an anaesthetic theme.

The course speakers include the veterinary anaesthetists Matt Gurney, Stijn Schauvliege, Kate White, Liz Leece, Jackie Brearley and Ian Self. In addition, specialists in pharmacokinetics/dynamics and statistics from the University of Nottingham will present lectures.

Following very positive feedback from delegates on the last two courses the topics have been refined; subjects to be covered include (but are not limited to);

  • Respiration – physiology and monitoring, mechanics, compliance
  • Physics including the gas laws
  • European drug legislation
  • Statistics
  • Cardiovascular, CNS, muscle, renal, and hepatic physiology
  • Monitors – how they work and equipment errors
  • Acid base physiology and monitoring
  • Clinical biochemistry
  • Pain

We are also offering an optional exam practice day immediately following the course consisting of viva examinations tailored to the needs of the participants. Places on this day will be strictly allocated on a first come first served basis.

The course fee is £450 for nurses and registered DipECVAA and DVA candidates and £500 for non-registered attendees. This includes all lectures, printed notes and discussion sessions. To minimise fees accommodation is not included in the cost but the University of Nottingham has a number of rooms in university halls on site and these can be booked separately via the course organiser. Informal arrangements will be made to transport delegates from the local airports (East Midlands/Birmingham) and train stations to the veterinary school. There is also a free Hopper Bus service linking Sutton Bonington with the centre of Nottingham. Nottingham is a historic midlands city with a wealth of cultural and historic sites to visit. Food is not included in the price but there is a cafeteria and shop at the veterinary school at which participants may purchase hot or cold food throughout the day.

For further details and to reserve a place on the course please email the course organiser Mr Ian Self at Alternatively for booking please contact Ruth Readyhoof at

Please book early as places will be limited.

Ian Self DipECVAA

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