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STAF115-0204: Vet. Asst. Module 2 - How the Veterinary Assistant Can Directly Improve Patient Care
Heather Howell, LVT, MBA
February 27 - March 27, 2004
Real Time Sessions: Wednesday evenings March 3, 10, and 17; 9:30pm - 11:00pm ET (USA)
Goal of the course: To teach veterinary assistants, animal caretakers, and new employees necessary information so they may actively contribute to quality patient care. To impart knowledge and techniques veterinary assistants can utilize when assisting veterinarians and veterinary technicians. This module will focus on the first few days of a veterinary assistants training. This module focuses on nursing care.
All members of the veterinary support staff are encouraged to join the course and its discussions; however, this course is focused toward veterinary assistants, animal caretakers and new hospital employees.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
Week 1 - Nursing
Content: This lecture will cover techniques in patient care and nursing. It will include discussion of normal vital signs, patient monitoring, basic patient care, charting patient care, hygiene, and exercising and feeding of the hospitalized patient. This session will also cover compassion and stewardship of our patients.
Week 2 - Euthanasia
Content: This lecture will cover the sensitive issue of euthanasia and how to compassionately handle clients and their pets during this emotional time. This session will explain the stages of grief and how grief affects people. We will also discuss how to manage the emotions and stress you and your hospital team may feel from being involved with this process. In addition, we will review patient handling techniques that accompany euthanasia.
Week 3 - Wellness Programs (Vaccinations, Dentistry, Geriatrics, Veterinary Visits, etc.)
Content: This lecture will discuss practice wellness programs; give examples of such programs and how to discuss them with clients. We will also cover why wellness programs are important for patient care. This session will be particularly useful for those who currently work as exam room assistants or hope to implement such a system in their practice.
Library materials will be made available prior to the topic week so participants will have plenty of time to prepare for the real time sessions and discussion.
MESSAGE BOARD DISCUSSIONS:
board discussions regarding the topic presented will begin on the day the course opens and continue for one week following the last real time session. These discussions will be held in the VSPN CE course area.
CE HOURS: 4.5 CEUs
$72 ($65 early bird special if registered before February 18, 2004)
Full time students of AVMA and Canadian accredited VT Programs are eligible for a discount of $36 (upon verification of student status) * VT students, please include your program directors name, school, and school phone number) in the comments section of the CE registration form. Your registration will be delayed if this information is not included.
Note: "This course has been submitted for approval for 4.5 hours of continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's 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 VIN/VSPN for further information." (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board.)
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