Why you will benefit from this course

Dermatology is a key area in clinical practice, and veterinary nurses can perform a vital role in the treatment and management of these cases, if given the knowledge and confidence to do so.

  • If you are interested in dermatology and working as part of the vet-led team to manage these cases; then this course is for you.

  • This course will provide evidence-based, up-to-date information and guidance on best practice in dermatology nursing.

  • It will enable you to review and expand your knowledge in many areas of dermatology, and apply this to your everyday practice.

What will you learn?

Medical nursing of dermatology patients requires knowledge of a number of diagnostic skills in sampling, staining and analysing of samples, and proficient use of the microscope and analysis of samples. Effective and detailed history-taking is also vital in ensuring enough information has been gathered. This on-demand course aims to assist you with becoming more confident in these areas, including the equipment to use and how to use it, and how to select and obtain the appropriate samples and perform diagnostic quality tests.

How will you learn?

This course provides on-demand learning that will teach and refresh many of the principles of dermatology, including history-taking, sampling and analysing, and effective management of different cases. The course provides short lectures, quizzes, scenarios and exercises to support and enhance your learning. In addition, the final module will assist you in considering how you can setup and manage clinics within your own practice setting, and create a proposal for your practice which you will receive feedback on from your tutor
On-demand learning

Enrol on course

Course fee: £150. This includes 12 months' access to the course content and quizzes, and final assessment of submitted coursework

Customer Reviews

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Veterinary Dermatology Nursing:- exactly that

Jane Legg

Absolutely brilliant, I would highly recommend this course. It is taught for people with different learning styles, keeps you intrigued and gives you plenty ...

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Your Tutor

John Redbond RVN

John Redbond

John qualified as a nurse in 2004 and went on to run a dermatology clinic for 8 years from 2011 onwards. He was a Head Nurse and Practice Coordinator, and is now Group Manager of the Veterinary Nursing Dermatology Group, helping to support nurses interested in this field. He currently works for the groups sponsor, the dermatology products provider Vetruus, and performs a number of different administrative tasks for them around the field of dermatology, including being involved in the Nurse Merit Award in Dermatology, which they also sponsor.

Learning outcomes

Successful completion of this course will enable you to:

  • Understand the history taking process, the tests and techniques needed to undertake a complete skin workup, and the treatment options available

  • Understand the requirements of the client/nurse/vet relationship in managing dermatology cases successfully

  • Appreciate the considerations for successfully establishing and maintaining a dermatology clinic which works within your practice setting


An overview of the key topics that will be covered during the course

  • History-taking - what you need to know, effective information gathering, recording clinical histories

  • Microscopy - correct use of the microscope, maintenance, essential equipment and examples

  • Performing a skin workup - decisions on samples, equipment & consumables, obtaining diagnostic samples, staining, analysis, cell identification and documentation of results

  • The veterinary nurse’s role - the Code of Professional Conduct, Schedule 3, communication with professional colleagues

  • Treatments, monitoring and client support - common treatments, helping clients with treatment decisions, client understanding and adherence, supporting clients

  • Implementation and management - logistics of setting up and running clinics, managing clinics, working through the factors to consider within practice, creating a proposal for practice


  • Can I sign up and start straight away?

    Yes! Once you have purchased the course, you will be able to begin your study as soon as you wish.

  • Do I have to complete the course within a certain time?

    You will have 12 months' access to the course, so you will have plenty of time to complete it.

  • Is assessment included?

    Yes. Our courses offer interim quizzes to check your knowledge, and a final test to enable you to be awarded your certificate of completion. Some courses also have additional submitted coursework which is assessed by your tutor.

  • Are any of the resources downloadable?

    Yes - we provide a selection of resources on each course that you can download and take away.

  • Do I need to be good with computers?

    No, we don't think so. The learning platform we use offers straightforward course structure and access, so you are led from one section to the next and can see where you are up to.