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TECH142-0607: Small Animal Parasitology
Patricia A. Payne, DVM, PhD
June 1 - July 7, 2007
Real Time Sessions: Wednesday evenings; June 6, 13, 20, and 27; 8:30pm-10:00pm ET (USA)
This course is designed to help veterinary support staff understand the how and the why of the proper diagnosis and identification of common parasites in small animals. Data will be presented to bring enthusiasm for the fecal flotation with centrifugation technique and therefore the proper diagnosis of internal parasitism in dogs and cats. Canine and feline heartworm diagnostics will be reviewed. How to identify the life stages of fleas, lice and ticks will be demonstrated and control products discussed.
Dr. Payne teaches parasitology at Kansas State University Veterinary school and obtained her PhD in that specialty for both large and small animals. She is an equally talented instructor for veterinarians and veterinary staff and has an avid interest in providing valuable up-to-date information on parasites for any area. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
Week 1: Introduction to proper fecal techniques:
Why do eggs and oocysts float? Things you can do to make sure that they do. Fecal flotation with centrifugation will soon be the gold standard diagnostic technique in small animal practice; the data presented should help you understand why and generate excitement.
Week 2: Identification
We'll determine identification of common eggs and ova as well as some of those pesky pseudo parasites. The quagmire of giardia diagnostics will also be discussed.
Week 3: Diagnostic techniques
When are special fecal techniques (sedimentation, Baerman exams) necessary? Heartworm diagnostics: dogs and cats too
Week 4: Ectoparasites
This last session will cover the life stages of fleas, lice and ticks and the products available.
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: 6
$111 ($100.00 early bird special if registered before May 18, 2007).
* 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). 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 director's name and contact information (email/phone) and school name.
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