Louise O’Dwyer

Louise O’Dwyer

MBA BSc (Hons) VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia & ECC) Dip AVN (Medical & Surgical) RVN


Louise gained her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) in 2004 followed by her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Medical) in 2007 and Veterinary Technician Specialist (Emergency and Critical Care) in 2011 and Veterinary Technician Specialist (Anaesthesia) in 2014. Louise has contributed to over 45 books, journal articles and book chapters, and lectures worldwide on all aspects of anaesthesia, emergency and critical care, surgery and infection control, within the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia and USA.

After working for 15 years at PetMedics in Manchester, firstly as Head Nurse and then Clinical Director, Louise moved to Vets Now to take up the position of Clinical Support Manager. Louise was delighted to be the recipient of the prestigious Bruce Vivash Jones Veterinary Nurse Award 2016, which is given in recognition of outstanding contribution to the advancement of small animal veterinary nursing. In July 2016 she was awarded the Golden Jubilee Award by the RCVS for exceptional contribution to veterinary nursing. Louise is also President Elect of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and will take over the role of President in September 2018.

Talks by Louise O’Dwyer at VetCPD Congress 2017

Triage and Initial Patient Assessment

Being proficient in the art of triage is essential for any veterinary nurse. Emergency patients can present at any time so it is vital that staff are both confident and competent in dealing with them promptly and effectively. This lecture will take a step-by-step approach to the assessment and stabilisation of these patients including:

  • Major body system assessment
  • Clinical examination of patients
  • Prioritisation of patients

Maintenance of Tubes and Drains

This lecture will look at the maintanance requirements of commonly (and some less commonly) placed tubes, catheters and drains in veterinary practice. We will look at aspects such as the importance of aseptic technique, cleaning technique and patency checks. What to do if things go wrong will also be covered.

Devices to be covered include:

  • Feeding tubes (nasogastric, oesophagostomy, gastrostomy)
  • Nasal oxygen catheters
  • Tracheostomy tubes
  • Chest drains (including trochar and seldinger drains)
  • Venous catheters including peripheral and central catheters
  • Arterial catheters.