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TECH156-0111: Equine Pharmacology
INSTRUCTOR(S): Cindy Ann Shower, DVM
COURSE OPEN: January 7-February 16, 2011
REAL TIME SESSIONS: Sundays, January 16, 23, 30, and February 6, 2011; 9:30pm-11:00pm ET (USA)
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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 RTS. 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 RTS.
Level and Prerequisites: All members of the veterinary support staff may join the course and its discussions; however, this course is focused toward veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants and ancillary staff working in small animal facilities.
VSPN CE course: open to all VIN members and VSPN members. This course has been submitted to RACE for approval for veterinary technicians.
All members of the veterinary support staff may join the course and its discussions; however, this course will help the veterinary technician understand the various drugs used in equine practice, potential side effects, and nursing aspects to aide the equine practitioner in prescribing and treatment regimens. This is an intermediate course. VSPN CE course: open to all VIN members and VSPN members. This course has been submitted to RACE and North Carolina for approval for veterinary technicians.
Veterinary technicians are an essential part of the veterinary health care delivery team. As such, veterinary technicians often have the important role of administering drugs to horses on the order of a veterinarian. It is imperative that understanding the serious consequences this role can play on the outcome of a case. It is mandatory the veterinary technician have knowledge of the types and actions of the drugs used in equine veterinary medicine. This course is designed to give the basic understanding of commonly used drugs and preparations in equine practice. Mechanism of action, delivery method(s), and the purpose and drug interactions will be the focus of the course. Basic drug calculations will also be reviewed.
The course will be presented in four (4) 90 minute real time interactive live sessions and will include online handouts, quizzes, and message board discussion interaction with both the instructor and other course participants.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
About the Instructor: Cindy Ann Shower, DVM has a special interest in equine medicine and surgery and raises Ponies of the Americas when off duty from working. Dr. Shower was the principal large animal (equine) practitioner for Rabun Animal Hospital in Mountain City Georgia and previous owner of Leap of Faith Mobile Veterinary Services which emphasized equine work. She currently retains a high interest in equine work and equine relief, currently practices mixed species medicine, splitting her time between clinics in the mountains of North Carolina and islands of Hawaii.
Week 1: Drug Classification and Dosage Calculation
Content: Our first lecture will include an overview of the more common drug classifications, examples of drugs within each class, and a review of drug calculations.
Week 2: Gram Negative, Gram Positive, or Mixed Bag!
Content: The second week will cover the use of antibiotics, their mechanism of action, and delivery methods. Specific organ system usage for antibiotics will be discussed
Week 3: Alpha, Beta, Kappa, Mu! Is this a Frat Party?
Content: Commonly used analgesics and anesthetics, along with their method of action and delivery will be covered. How to do proper record keeping for controlled drugs will also be covered.
Week 4: Inside, Outside, Upside Down
Content: Commonly used antiparasitic drugs, method of delivery and parasite coverage will be discussed. We will also cover topical ophthalmic meds, derm preparations, and recognizing drug reactions. Reporting of drug reactions will also be covered.
CE HOURS: 6
Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by December 24, 2010).
*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.
** 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 will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.
**For more on how online CE works see the VSPN Participant's Resource Center
Nanette R. Walker Smith, M.Ed., RVT, CVT, LVT
VSPN Content Director & VSPN CE Director
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