Philip Seibert, CVT
COURSE OPEN: April 9-July 12, 2012
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Mondays, April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2; 9:30pm-11:00pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area:
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Practice Sessions: In order to prepare you for a successful experience in your CE course,
we request you attend a practice session prior to the first Real Time Session. Times and dates will be listed
in your course confirmation email. Expect to spend up to 1 hour at one of the 2-4 practice sessions held
prior to the first Real Time Session.
Level and Prerequisites:
This basic course will be open to veterinarians and veterinary staff
actively interested in understanding OSHA's Standards
and practical ways to implement them in a veterinary practice.
VIN CE Course open to VSPNners:
Open to veterinarians and veterinary staff.
This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
This course is designed for the Practice Owner, Manager or
Administrator who desires to understand OSHA's Standards
as well as practical ways to implement them in a veterinary practice.
We attempt to avoid debating the merits of any particular requirement
and focus on how to achieve compliance!
This course will cover ALL aspects of a hospital safety program,
not just the Hazard Communication Standard.
The participants will be provided with many downloadable resources,
including the actual text versions of applicable standards.
This course consists of ten (10) 90 minute Real Time Sessions,
supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory
Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required
to earn a certificate of completion for the course.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
- Recognize the specific OSHA Standards that apply to your practice.
- With a reasonable degree of completeness, implement a safety program
in your practice that will protect employees, prevent accidents
or illnesses and comply with current OSHA standards.
- Construct the first version (or refined an existing version)
of a written Hospital Safety Manual that contains policies and
procedures that are specific to your practice.
- Locate various resources, both within and outside the
veterinary profession, to assist in understanding and implementing
a hospital safety program.
- Build a network of colleagues through interaction with other course
participants with whom you can share ideas and resources.
Course materials (other than the required textbook)
will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
(Included in the price of the course)
The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual
is a comprehensive reference tool for the practice administrator,
covering not only OSHA standards, but a complete range of regulatory issues,
including controlled substances and pharmacy operations,
labor and employment issues, and ADA compliance.
In addition, you'll also receive a copy of
Safety Issues for the Veterinary Practice Staff
This self-paced workbook is ideal for training new and existing members
of the practice team on the issues important to them and to OSHA!
Both books are included in the registration fee for the course.
About the Instructors:
is Certified Veterinary Technician concentrating
as a full-time practice consultant to the profession, and is
Director of the VIN OSHA Center.
Phil's extensive clinical and managerial background enabled him
to become the first veterinary technician to evaluate over
1000 veterinary hospitals in the United States and Canada for
the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
Phil has taken the lead in "deciphering" the regulatory agency rules
affecting the veterinary profession and continuously offers advice
to veterinary technicians, hospital managers and practice owners on
compliance with the regulations.
Phil is the founder and Managing Editor of the profession's only
safety-specific newsletter, The Veterinary Safety & Health Digest.
He is the author of many articles dealing with veterinary hospital
administration which have appeared in national publications such as
Journal of the AVMA, AAHA Trends, Veterinary Forum and the Practice Journals.
(Real Time Session April 16):
Required Reading (prior to the April 16 Real Time Session):
The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 9 -14).
To get us started on the right foot, we'll spend some time going over the process
of distance learning. Even if you're new to this exciting way of CE, you'll see
how easy it is to interact with other course participants and access the course
materials or bulletin boards.
We'll begin our topic by discussing exactly which forms, posters, plans or
documents are required by OSHA.
Some simple fill in the blank examples will be shared.
(Real Time Session April 23):
Required Reading (prior to the April 23 Real Time Session):
The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 18 - 19; 127 - 132).
Staff Safety Training
No matter how good your written program may be, if the staff does not follow
the rules or simply isn't informed, you will not be successful.
This week we'll discuss ways to design and implement an effective training program
that doesn't take a lot of time to replicate each time you have a new staff member.
(Real Time Session April 30):
Required Reading (prior to the April 30 Real Time Session):
The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 19- 21; 32-34; 79).
General Hazards Part I - electricity, housekeeping, food in the practice, and noise dangers.
We'll start our discussions about some of the general hazards present in the
practice by exploring the topics of electricity, housekeeping, food in the
practice, and noise dangers.
(Real Time Session May 7):
Required Reading (prior to the May 7 Real Time Session):
The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 25-31; 43 - 50).
General Hazards Part II - fire prevention and planning and violence prevention.
This week, we deal with more general hazards of the practice by discussing
fire prevention and planning and violence prevention; we reveal what OSHA
has to say about these common issues and talk about ways to solve the problems.
(Real Time Session May 14):
Required Reading (prior to the May 14 Real Time Session):
The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 50- 70).
Chemicals (Hazard Communication Standard)
The most talked about of OSHA's regulations is the Hazard Communication Standard;
we'll spend the entire session dispelling some common myths about this area
as well as presenting the facts.
We'll teach participants how to spend less time assembling MSDS's,
training staff and labeling containers but still stay in compliance
with the regulation.
*** MID-COURSE BREAK ***
(Real Time Session June 4):
Required Reading (prior to the June 4 Real Time Session):
The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 70 - 88).
Medical Procedures I - anesthesia and animal handling
We're covering more of the hazards in the hospital but shifting our focus
to the medically related topics.
(Real Time Session June 11):
Required Reading (prior to the June 11 Real Time Session):
The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 22 - 25; 88 - 93).
Medical Procedures II - radiology and medical waste
Discussions continue on the medical hazards in the veterinary practice
with radiology and medical waste solutions.
(Real Time Session June 18):
Required Reading (prior to the June 18 Real Time Session):
The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 15 -18; 94 - 101).
Medical Procedures III - Chemotherapy and Personal Protective Equipment
More and more practices are doing it chemotherapy, that is and we'll talk
about the special rules for doing it in a veterinary practice.
We'll also discuss OSHA's Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Standard
and how to get employees to wear the stuff!
(Real Time Session June 25):
Required Reading (prior to the June 25 Real Time Session):
The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 37 - 43).
Pending OSHA Rules - Indoor Air Quality and Ergonomics
This week, we'll discuss some of the pending OSHA rules like
Indoor Air Quality and Ergonomics.
(Real Time Session July 2):
Required Reading (prior to the July 2 Real Time Session):
The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 5 - 8).
Surviving an OSHA Inspection
Finally, what we all worry about - What to do if OSHA decides to inspect your practice!
We'll talk about ways to minimize your risk of an inspection, as well as
the EMPLOYER'S rights during an inspection.
We'll also reveal some very creative "scams" that people have used
to get your money under the guise of an OSHA inspection.
CE CREDITS: 15
Member $355 ($325 early bird special if enrolled by March 26, 2012).
Non-Member $488 ($445 early bird special if enrolled by March 26, 2012).
*Note: Tuition fee includes printed manuals (valued at $72).
*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when
the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first
Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a
weekend, course enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the
Participant Resource Center.
- Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to
VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course
must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a
VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
- Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org
and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants;
personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
- Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration.
To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll
for a course on behalf of another individual.
- For further assistance call 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email (VIN CE)
CEonVIN@vin.com or (VSPN CE)
Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is submitted for approval for 15 continuing education credits in jurisdictions
which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some
boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or
restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education."
Call VSPN/VIN CE at 1-800-700-4636 for further information.
(Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for
information regarding recognition by their board).
Course withdrawal and refund policy:
A complete refund of the paid course price will be
issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course.
If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN/VSPN office 1-800-700-INFO (4636)
to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you
call the VIN/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).
*For More Information on VSPN's Upcoming CE Courses check the Course Catalog at http://www.vspn.org/CE/VSPN_M02231.htm
Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator
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