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TECH126-0905: Canine Osteoarthritis Life Long Management (Large Breed Canine Nutrition)
Geneva Acor, DVM, MS
September 13 - October 3, 2005
Real Time Sessions: Friday Evenings; September 16 & 23 from 9:30pm - 11:00pm ET (USA)
This course is designed to present key issues in the nutritional management of canine osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is listed as the #1 cause of chronic pain in dogs and the 7th most common illness reported to Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. Nutritional management of osteoarthritis begins with the puppy, especially recommendations supported by research for the large breed puppy. Throughout adult and into mature and senior life stages, specific recommendations can improve the quality of life for pets. New research on nutrigenomics and the role of fatty acids in canine osteoarthritis is also explained.
This course will consist of two (2) ninety minute real time sessions; library materials supplementing the chapters in the required text; multiple choice quizzes (after each real time session) designed to enhance course effectiveness and material retention; a cumulative final online; and interactive message board discussions.
This course is designed primarily for veterinary technicians. However veterinary staff and veterinary technician students wishing to have a better understanding of current clinical recommendations for the management of canine osteoarthritis through nutrition may also take the course.
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
Week # 1 Week one will emphasize the importance of nutrition in developmental orthopedic disease. The concept of weight management and dietary recommendations will be discussed. The session will also include calculation of the energy needs and providing a specific feeding recommendation for the puppy including the neutered pet and transitioning to adult pet food.
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:
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: 3 (RACE applied for)
$51 ($46.00 early bird special if registered before August 16, 2005). Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CAAHT approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status) *VT students: You must include the following information in the comments section of the CE enrollment form in order to be eligible for this discount: your program directors name and contact information (email/phone) and school name.
** NOTE: Registration will be closed when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first real time session.
Note: "This course has been approved for 3 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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