CAVE Clinical Skills Days

ACE Clinical Skills Development Day

Saturday, 24th October 2020

8:00am Registration - 5:00pm Conclude (followed by a sun-downer)

Registration closed

Following on from the success of our Skills Week Nurse Day in 2019, and listening to the feedback from nurses, we have developed a full day of clinical skills training that delivers four hands-on workshops presented by a team of 20 academics, specialists , senior nurses and support staff.  Due to the hands-on nature of this workshop, and to ensure plenty of opportunity to practice, places for this Clinical Skills Development Day are strictly limited to 40, ONLY!

This is fully catered and the day concludes with a Sundowner, sponsored by Prime100, to wind down, network and share experiences from the day.


In recognition of our commitment to deliver world-class professional development for veterinary nurses, CAVE has become a Silver Education Partner with the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia (VNCA). Our entire ACE Program for Nurses has been accredited under the VNCA’s AVNAT scheme, meaning that each attendance earns nurses valuable CPD points towards their required annual professional development points.


CAVE Member Rate: $520.00
CAVE Member Practice Rate 1-2 Members $520.00
CAVE Member Practice Rate 3+ Members $500.00
Non CAVE Member $595.00

All Prices are GST inclusive

Topic Presenter

CPR Training: Putting RECOVER into Practice—Training with Animal Mannequins in Clinical Skills Lab - 1.5 CPD Points

This workshop is being delivered by Dr Corrin Boyd with support from two of our board-certified Vet Tech Specialists in ECC.
Following on from Corrin’s popular webinar where he discussed the theory behind the RECOVER guidelines and how to apply them, this workshop is the hands-on component of practising the RECOVER guidelines in our Clinical Skills Lab using special animal mannequins.

Dr Corrin Boyd

Making Difficult Situations in Veterinary Practice Easier—Situational Communications Skills Training with Actors and live Feedback - 2 CPD Points

Following on from the interactive tutorial presented as part of the ACE Network and Learn Sessions, Dr Melinda Bell will lead you through this two hour workshop to apply the principles and strategies discussed, earlier.
You will be given the opportunity to role play some difficult communication scenarios with actors who are experienced simulated clients, and to practise and improve upon your communication skills in a safe and supportive environment. Each group is supported by an experienced veterinarian who acts as facilitator for the group. You will receive immediate, and highly valuable feedback to support you in growing your communication skills.
This is a very unique opportunity for hands-on communication skills training, that normally only our vet students have an opportunity to experience as part of the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Professional Life program. It involves a team of 8 experienced communication skills trainers.

Dr Melinda Bell

Venous Access Techniques with the Head of the Emergency Hospital – Cadaver Workshop in the Surgery Teaching Suite - 1.5 CPD Points

Another first for our professional development program for veterinary nurses: a hands-on cadaver based workshop in our surgery teaching suite with Dr Claire Sharp, head of Emergency and Critical Care in the School of Veterinary Medicine, supported by Dr Mark Kim, a senior emergency clinician in The Animal Hospital.
In this workshop you will have the opportunity to learn different venous access techniques on cadavers.

Dr Claire Sharp

Dr Mark Kim

Learn how to Manage Bandages and Splints in the Orthopaedic Patient—Cadaver Workshop in the Surgery Teaching Suite with Orthopaedic Surgeon - 2 CPD Points

This workshop is presented by one of our senior orthopaedic surgeons, Dr Isobel Monotti, in the Surgery Teaching Suite where you will practice on cadavers.

Bandages are an important aspect of wound management and stabilisation of some orthopaedic injuries. Although bandages are used frequently in practice, they are not benign. Managing these bandages appropriately is essential for achieving the best outcome for our patients. In this session we will:

  1. Outline the benefits and limitations of the modified Robert-Jones bandage
  2. Learn how to apply a modified Robert-Jones bandage
  3. Discuss management of these bandages and how to recognise complications
  4. Work through some case studies

Dr Isobel Monotti

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact CAVE on +61 (08) 9360 6342 or email