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TECH112-1003: Advanced Canine Reproduction for the Veterinary Technician

INSTRUCTOR:
Joni L. Freshman, DVM, MS, DACVIM

DATES:
October 3 - November 7, 2003
Real Time Sessions: Tuesday evenings October 7, 14, 21, 28; 9:00pm - 10:30pm ET (USA)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Clinical reproduction is uniquely suited to make excellent use of the veterinary technician's skills and abilities. This advanced course is for veterinary technicians who have taken the introductory course and/or have mastered the topics discussed therein. This course is designed to provide the veterinary technician with in-depth, useable knowledge on care of the bitch during pregnancy and lactation, routine and critical care for the canine neonate, and basic physiology and skills for preparing and utilizing chilled and frozen canine semen.

This course will consist of four (4), ninety (90) minute real-time sessions, detailed presentations with slides when appropriate, and library materials provided on all topics. There will be multiple choice homework quizzes designed to enhance course effectiveness and material retention as well as interactive message board discussions.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. proficiently care for and understand the medical and nutritional issues of the pregnant and lactating bitch.
  2. handle both routine and critical care situations of the canine neonate.
  3. understand the basic physiology of canine semen preparation.
  4. have a better understanding of the use and handling of chilled and frozen canine semen.
COURSE OUTLINE:

Week 1: Care of the Pregnant and Lactating Bitch

Content: This section of the course will delve into appropriate nutritional constituents, vaccinations, use of medication, how to evaluate mothering and milk production, how to enhance same, and monitoring for postpartum problems such as postpartum metritis and eclampsia.

Week 2: Neonatal Care--Routine and Critical

Content: This section will cover routine care and monitoring of canine neonates, as well as evaluation, nursing, and intensive care of the ill neonate. This will include tube feeding, feeding and weight gain schedules, medication, access for fluid and blood administration, oxygen administration and special considerations for anesthesia.

Week 3: The Preparation and Use of Chilled Canine Semen

Content: In this section we will learn the science and technique behind chilling canine semen, as well as what quality is acceptable, the importance of performing a chill test, shipping, and warming to use for insemination. Sources for chilled semen buffer will be provided.

Week 4: The Preparation and Use of Frozen Canine Semen

Content: This session will concentrate on the underlying theory and technique for the freezing, sample evaluation, and thawing of canine semen. Options for freezing systems (straws, pellets) will be discussed. Why is canine semen so much more difficult to freeze than bovine?-find out here!

Recommended texts are:

Canine and Feline Theriogenology by Johnston, Kustritz, and Olson (WB Saunders, 2001)
This book can be purchased from the VIN bookstore. Click here to access the bookstore:
http://www.vin.com/Members/Store/Store.plx?p=82113

Veterinary Pediatrics 3rd Edition by Hoskins (WB Saunders, 2001)
This book can be purchased from the VIN bookstore. Click here to access the bookstore:
http://www.vin.com/Members/Store/Store.plx?p=82526

LIBRARY MATERIALS: Library materials will be made available one week before the course starts so participants will have plenty of time to prepare for the real time sessions and discussion.

MESSAGE BOARD DISCUSSIONS:
Message 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: 6 (applied for RACE approval)

Note: "This course has been submitted for approval for 6 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.)

TUITION : $96 ($86 Early Bird before September 19, 2003)
Full time students of an AVMA accredited Veterinary Technician Program will receive a reduced rate for this course of $48.00 (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.

TO REGISTER:

  1. You must be a registered member of VSPN (www.vspn.org). Membership in VSPN is free.
  2. VIN Member DVM's SHOULD NOT register for their staff. Please have the staff member register through VSPN. Please email VSPNCE@vspn.org if you have questions.
*** For More Information on VSPN's upcoming CE Courses, check out www.vspn.org/CE

Note: "This course has been submitted (but not yet approved) for 7.5 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.)


COURSE WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY: Withdrawal prior to the listed start date of a course entitles the registrant to a complete refund or a credit toward a future VSPN CE course, whichever is preferred. Withdrawal within 1 week after the listed start date (i.e. including no more than one real-time session) entitles the registrant to a credit toward any future VSPN CE course. (Does not apply to courses with only one real-time session.) After the first real-time session, a registrant may withdraw due to special circumstances and receive prorated credit towards a future VSPN course. These requests will be handled on an individual basis. The amount of the prorated credit will be determined based on 65% of the time remaining in the course at the time of withdrawal. It is not possible to withdraw retroactively.

Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).


Nanette R. Walker Smith, RVT, CVT
VSPN Content Director
Nanette@vspn.org or VSPNCE@vspn.org

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