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Veterinary Nurse Continuing Education

Diabetes is on the rise in dogs and cats. But it can be prevented or optimally-managed by educating pet owners.

A recent study showed a 32% spike in diabetes in dogs in the USA as at 2011.

As with human health, American trends are often replicated in other English-speaking countries such as Australia. The findings in a major study in the USA in 2011 using pet veterinary data collected from 2006 to 2010 shows a 32% spike in diabetes in dogs and a 16% spike in feline diabetes. It is of concern to Australian pet owners and those working in the veterinary profession.

Diabetes can be prevented or optimally managed by educating pet owners and the general public on how to best care for their beloved pets. And veterinary nurses and technicians are on the frontlines when it comes to liaising with pet owners and educating them to understand how lifestyle changes will benefit their pet and also how to implement insulin therapy at home.

Most veterinary nurses work in the profession because of a deep and abiding love and respect for animals and their welfare. They are often the veterinarians' trusted right hand and go-between with the veterinarians and the owners. They are the staff tasked with:

  • calming upset or stressed owners
  • demonstrating how to use a syringe to draw the correct amount of insulin from the bottle
  • teaching clients how to administer the injection, and
  • advising owners about the best times to feed their pets to best manage diabetes.

Veterinary nurses & technicians are highly skilled professionals

Like their counterparts working with humans, they strive to keep their skills up-to-date with best practice so they can provide the highest standards of care and treatment to their patients. That means familiarising themselves with the latest protocols, improved treatment regimens and new monitoring tools such as insulin dosing pens and flash glucose monitors.

Educating pet owners is a high priority to ensure the pet receives optimum care and attention at home.

The same study showed a 16% spike in feline diabetes.

A frequently asked question

Does the CVE provide nurse-friendly continuing education?

We do! Clear your calendar for a half-day Friday Seminar in Canberra (25 May 2018)

Linda Fleeman BVSc PhD MANZCVS

Australian authority Dr Linda Fleeman, the head of Animal Diabetes Australia and well-known as a compassionate veterinarian and excellent teacher, will present an afternoon seminar specifically designed for Vet Nurses and Technicians – Sweet Success: Diabetes Nurse Seminar. This will be followed by a full-day Saturday seminar for vets.

Learn from Linda how to:

  • Treat diabetic dogs and cats in the hospital
  • Support owners of diabetic dogs and cats
  • Answer common questions such as: There is a problem with my diabetic pet today – what should I do?

Support veterinary continuing education designed for nurses & technicians

Veterinary nurses and technicians are the first line of defence against diabetes. So it’s important that you feel confident and competent to assist veterinarians in your practice to manage these patients and, more importantly, educate their owners. Find out more:

Affordable and manageable

In 2018 the CVE has a range of nurse and technician-friendly TimeOnline courses, approximately 10 hours over 4 weeks – at a time or place convenient for you.

For more information about these courses, read below:


Engagement Communications Specialist

Lis celebrated 25 years working for the CVE in July 2016. Building a strong CVE professional community has long been a key focus, to which end she completed a Masters of Marketing at the University of Sydney in 2016. Her capstone consulting project was based around surveying veterinarians in Australia and overseas to discover how they experienced the CVE both as a membership organisation and participants in continuing professional development. Lis was awarded the Australian Marketing Institute Prize for Best Consulting Project in 2016 for the most outstanding research project in her graduating class. The vast volume of data generated in this research project is being used to assist the CVE to adapt, improve and innovate to ensure that membership remains as relevant and as accessible today as when Tom Hungerford and colleagues first established the CVE in 1965.