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TECH183-0610: End of Life: Caring for the Cat and for the Caregivers
Margie Scherk, DVM, DAVBP (Feline)
June 24-July 17, 2010
Real Time Sessions: Wednesday evenings, June 30 and July 7, 2010; 9:00pm-10:30pm ET (USA)
Home Care & End of Life Issues: In this series, we'll investigate helping clients provide home care for the purposes of comfort, dignity as they see their companion to the end of his/her life. What are some tools for making the objective assessments of quality of life more understandable? How do we know when a patient is "suffering"? When is the "right time" to assist the ending of a life? And, how do we, as healthcare providers, cope with this?
This course consists of two (2) ninety minute real time sessions; library materials supplementing the chapters in the required text; interactive message board discussions; and multiple choice quizzes (after each real time session) designed to enhance course effectiveness and material retention. Margie Scherk, DVM, DAVBP (Feline) has taught numerous courses online for VIN and VSPN; she is a well-known international lecturer. As a feline practitioner, Dr. Scherk has counseled many clients on end of life care, but also realizes that training the entire staff from the veterinarian to the kennel assistant in how to care for the companion and client is essential during this phase of life. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
Week 1: Supporting cell and organ function.
Content: During this session, we'll discuss prioritizing treatments, explaining home care, encouraging and supporting clients in providing these therapies for their elderly cats. Optimizing quality of life through alleviating symptoms of pain, nausea, etc is absolutely essential as we are first and foremost, patient advocates.
Week 2: Meeting the end with peace.
Content: We will look at ways to help our patients and clients in the last phase of life so that the end is peaceful and dignified. Caring for the caregiver includes client support but also includes taking care of yourself as well as the other members of the clinic team to avoid emotional exhaustion.
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
$60 ($54 early bird special if registered before June 10, 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.
** NOTE: Enrollment will be closed when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first real time session.
**The Participant's Resource Center includes all you need to know about online CE with VIN and VSPN: http://www.vin.com/CE/Public/VSPN/ParticipantVspn.htm
VSPN CE Services
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