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Upcoming Webinar

NURSE SERIES: When every drop counts: critical care nutrition in every day practice

Tuesday, 23rd November – Tuesday, 30th November
Anita Parkin
RVN AVN Dip (Surgery & ECC), VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia), CVPP
ID: 663
There are different ways of providing nutrition to our sick patients, obviously we would like them to eat by themselves, however, this is not always an option. The session will cover different types of feeding tubes, how we place them, and which is the better tube to use over another. Then we will be looking how we calculate resting energy requirements, what type of food to provide to the patient and what is the best way to prepare the food for the patient. Also, tips will be provided to help prevent the tube from blocking and if the tube does block what we can do to unblock the tubes.
Anita has been a veterinary nurse for nearly 30 years. Working in a general practice for the first 10 years and joining Veterinary Specialist Services (VSS) in 2001 working as a medical and surgical nurse. The last 12 years specializing as a surgical nurse - following her passion in anaesthesia and pain management. In 2017, VSS opened their 3rd practice to which Anita currently manages. Anita has kept her Australian qualifications current including her Certificate IV in Vet Nursing, Diploma in Surgery and ECC, is an Accredited Vet Nurse and a Registered Vet Nurse through the VNCA, Anita's overseas qualifications include obtaining a Certified Veterinary Pain Practioner (CVPP) in 2012 through the IVAPM (International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management) and Veterinary Technician Specialty in Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2009 recertified 2015 and 2019. She is also the proud recipient of the Steve Haskin's scholarship award in 2018. Her skills and experience that she has gained over the last 20 plus years are now being passed onto veterinary nurses and technicians, throughout Australia and internationally (USA, Hong Kong, Indonesia, France and International Webinars) through lectures, workshops and in-clinic hands-on training. Anita's special interests include critical care, challenging anaesthetics, pain management, surgical nursing.