Instrument Care & Sterile Supply


Professional Development Course

AVNAT Registration Points: 5


Intermediate Level: This course is useful for those new to veterinary nursing, those with a few years experience, and those more experienced nurses wanting to make improvements to their clinic’s protocols.

Just starting out in the industry? Or perhaps you want to expand your knowledge and update your clinic’s theatre protocols? The Instrument Care & Sterile Supply Short Course is perfect for either!

Get the right information for instrument handling and processing to ensure your clinic is processing these vital tools in line with the Australian Standards and best practice recommendations. Surgical Instruments are expensive and it’s common to see bad or outdated practices in the clinic that can negatively affect the life of the instruments as well as sterility. Whilst it may sound basic, it’s not! You’ll learn how to process instruments correctly, pack, wrap and autoclave kits to ensure their sterility and learn appropriate storage processes. Remember, sterility has nothing to do with time, it’s about events. So come and learn how to ensure your surgical instruments are sterile and ready for use.

This short course is designed to help you to critically evaluating your clinics current systems and bring in improvements to ensure you are doing the right thing by your patients and performing these seemingly simple processes in the right way.

Want a taste of what we’re talking about? Have a read of this article on Wrapping Instruments & Kits.

Please note: These topics are also included in the Surgical Nursing Short Course Package, and our Certificate in Veterinary Infection Control.


This course has been accredited for 5 points under the AVNAT Scheme.

What topics will I cover?

  • TOPIC 1 – Surgical Instrumentation
  • TOPIC 2 – Surgical Kits
  • TOPIC 3 – Autoclaves & Sterilisation
  • TOPIC 4 – Instrument Reprocessing
  • TOPIC 5 – Theatre Linen
  • TOPIC 6 – Packing Instruments & Kits
  • TOPIC 7 – Quality Control & Validation
  • TOPIC 8 – Storage of Sterile Items
  • TOPIC 9 – Orthopaedic Implants


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