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The VSPN CE Course Catalog

VSPN CE for Winter 2012- Summer 2012

  • All of VSPN's CE classes are RACE approved or have been applied for RACE approval for veterinary technicians; if a course is also submitted or approved for veterinarians the level/prerequisites section for the course will state that status.
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  • Practice Management courses are also submitted for approval by VHMA for CVPMs: VHMA information
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    For more on how online CE works see the VSPN Participant's Resource Center
    Levels of Knowledge and Prerequisites:
    • VIN CE course - Course is open only to veterinarians.
    • VIN CE course open to VSPNers - Course is open to veterinarians and veterinary support staff as indicated on each catalog listing.
    • VSPN CE course - Course is open to all VIN members and VSPN members. Veterinarians must be members of VIN to enroll in VSPN CE. All courses are submitted for RACE for veterinary technicians. Only courses indicated are submitted for RACE for veterinarians.

    MULT217-0612: Avian and Exotic Necropsies
    INSTRUCTOR(S): Eric Snook, DVM, DACVP (Anatomic Pathology)
    COURSE OPEN: June 28-July 15, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Thursday, July 5, 9:30-11:30pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 2
    Level and Prerequisites: This basic course will be open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians actively interested in avian and exotic necropsy techniques, lesions, and post-mortem changes. MULT214-0612: Basic Necropsy Technique is a prerequisite for this course.
    VIN CE Course open to VSPNers: Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
    NOTE: The Real Time Session of this course will have an audio component, please be prepared.
    Tuition: $40 ($36 early bird special if enrolled by June 14, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: http://www.vin.com/CE/MULT217-0612_VSPN.htm | Enroll now

    TECH159-0712: Basic Medical Calculations
    INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Warren, RVT
    COURSE OPEN: July 2-August 9, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2012; 8:30pm-10:00pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 6
    Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate medical math course includes a brief review of the fundamentals of arithmetic leading to interactive study of calculations frequently performed by veterinary technicians and assistants in veterinary practice. Participants should have a good grasp of fundamental concepts and successful completion of a high school or college algebra class is strongly recommended.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians only.
    Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by June 18, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: http://www.vin.com/CE/TECH159-0712_VSPN.htm | Enroll now

    STAF149-0712: PM Focus Series: Career Development into Management
    INSTRUCTOR: Rebecca Rose, AAS, CVT
    COURSE OPEN: July 3-21, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSION (RTS): Wednesday, July 11, 2012; 8:00pm-9:30pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 2.5 (1.5 hours of lecture, 1 hour for in-depth interaction of case discussions on the message boards)
    Level and Prerequisites: This advanced course is geared toward veterinary practice managers, especially those working as practice managers and/or toward their CVPM. This practice management course is part of a series of focus topics to highlight features of management in a single Real Time Session. Prior participation in the Practice Management 101 course is recommended, but not required. The course format is that of a VINgnette where interaction in the message boards discussing case scenarios will be required to enhance the single Real Time Session. Participants should plan on this more intensive study.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians and to VHMA for CVPM credits.
    NOTE: The Real Time Session of this course will have an audio component, please be prepared.
    Tuition: $50 ($45 early bird special if enrolled by June 19, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: http://www.vin.com/CE/STAF149-0712_VSPN.htm | Enroll now

    TECH155-0712: Reptile Hematology
    INSTRUCTOR: Jenni Jenkins-Perez, LVT, CVT
    COURSE OPEN: July 10-August 3, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Tuesdays, July 17 and 24, 2012; 9:00pm-10:30pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 3
    Level and Prerequisites: This basic to intermediate course recommends veterinary support staff have a knowledge of blood smear preparation, reading, and interpretation, but extensive knowledge of reptilians is not necessary.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians only.
    NOTE: The Real Time Session of this course will have an audio component, please be prepared.
    Tuition: $60 ($54 early bird special if enrolled by June 26, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: http://www.vin.com/CE/TECH155-0712_VSPN.htm | Enroll now

    EXOT402-0712: Rabbit Physiology, Husbandry and Behavior
    INSTRUCTORS: Thomas Donnelly, BVSc, MS, DACLAM and David Vella, BSc, BVSc(Hons), DABVP(ECM)
    COURSE OPEN: July 17-August 17, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSION (RTS): Tuesdays, July 24, 31, August 7; 9:30pm-11:30pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 6
    Level and Prerequisites: This basic course will be open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians actively interested in rabbit physiology, husbandry and normal behavior.
    VIN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
    Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by July 3, 2012)
    This course has been postponed until further notice.
    For more information, please contact Andrea Pomposo:
    andrea@vin.com 1.800.846.0028 x126

    TECH213-0712: AVNT-Nutrition Series: Feline Urolithiasis
    INSTRUCTOR: Cheryl Holloway, RVT
    COURSE OPEN: July 20-August 6, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSION (RTS): Friday, July 27, 2012; 8:00pm-9:30pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 2.5 (1.5 hours of lecture, 1 hour for in-depth interaction of case discussions on the message boards)
    Level and Prerequisites: This advanced course is geared toward veterinary technicians, especially those working toward their VTS in Nutrition. Participants should already have a strong grasp of basic nutrition and disease processes. The course format is that of a VINgnette where interaction in the message boards discussing case scenarios will be required to enhance the single Real Time Session. Participants should plan on this more intensive study.
    The AVNT Nutrition Series is an on-going program hosted by VSPN in cooperation with the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians (AVNT) and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) to promote advanced education in animal nutrition for credentialed veterinary technicians. Candidates for Veterinary Technician Specialist-Nutrition (VTS-Nutrition) through AVNT are eligible for education credit as specified by the AVNT credential requirements found at http://www.nutritiontechs.org.Courses are offered monthly except in June and December.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians only.
    NOTE: The Real Time Session of this course will have an audio component, please be prepared.
    Tuition: $50 ($45 early bird special if enrolled by July 6, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information:http://www.vin.com/CE/TECH213-0712_VSPN.htm | Enroll now

    TECH161-0712: Radiology-A Clear Overview
    INSTRUCTOR: Tara Wochesen, BS, RVT
    COURSE OPEN: July 20-August 29, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Sundays, July 29, August 5, 12, and 19, 2012; 8:00pm-9:30pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 6
    Level and Prerequisites: This basic, fundamentals of radiology course includes evaluation of radiographic films and principles of radiographs.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians only.
    Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by July 8, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: http://www.vin.com/CE/TECH161-0712_VSPN.htm | Enroll now

    STAF150-0812: PM Focus Series: Professionalism-Management Leading by Example
    INSTRUCTOR: Rebecca Rose, AAS, CVT
    COURSE OPEN: August 1-18, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSION (RTS): Wednesday, August 8, 2012; 8:00pm-9:30pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 2.5 (1.5 hours of lecture, 1 hour for in-depth interaction of case discussions on the message boards)
    Level and Prerequisites: This advanced course is geared toward veterinary practice managers, especially those working as practice managers and/or toward their CVPM. This practice management course is part of a series of focus topics to highlight features of management in a single Real Time Session. Prior participation in the Practice Management 101 course is recommended, but not required. The course format is that of a VINgnette where interaction in the message boards discussing case scenarios will be required to enhance the single Real Time Session. Participants should plan on this more intensive study.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians and to VHMA for CVPM credits.
    NOTE: The Real Time Session of this course will have an audio component, please be prepared.
    Tuition: $50 ($45 early bird special if enrolled by July 18, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: http://www.vin.com/CE/STAF150-0812_VSPN.htm | Enroll now

    STAF128-0812: CVPM Preparatory Review
    INSTRUCTOR: Katherine Dobbs, RVT, CVPM, PHR
    COURSE OPEN: August 2-October 7, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Thursdays, August 9, 16, 23, 30, September 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2012; 8pm-9:30pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 12
    Level and Prerequisites: Veterinarians and all supervisory members of veterinary staff may enroll in this course; however, this advanced course is focused toward those veterinary professionals who are actively preparing to sit for the CVPM examination.
    VSPN CE Course. This course is VHMA approved for CVPM credits and has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
    Tuition: $240 ($216 early bird special if enrolled by July 19, 2012)
    *NOTE: Enrollment WILL CLOSE on Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 5pm ET (USA) or earlier if the maximum number of registrants is reached. Course opens early due to amount of material to review prior to Week 1 Real Time Session.
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: http://www.vin.com/CE/STAF128-0812_VSPN.htm | Enroll now

    STAF159-0812: Introduction to Personal Finance-Basic Strategies for Spending and Budgeting
    INSTRUCTORS: Julie Urban, BA, AAS, LVT and Barb Burri, MEd, MBA, CVT, LVT
    COURSE OPEN: August 7-September 14, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Tuesdays, August 14, 21, 28 and September 4, 2012; 9:00pm-10:00pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 4
    Level and Prerequisites: This basic course is open for all members VSPN and VIN. It will entail in depth interactive looks at your personal finance and how to understand where your paycheck goes and why. This course will not include financial counseling, bankruptcy, retirement or benefit plans, but will provide methods to take an eye-opening look at what you spend vs. your income and provide you with valuable tools to help you understand your personal financial situation and how to begin improving it.
    NOTE: No personal or business financial information will be asked for or collected by VIN/VSPN. Participants should not post personal financial information in the message boards or in the course sessions.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians only and submitted for VHMA approval for CVPM credits.
    Tuition: $80 ($72 early bird special if enrolled by July 24, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: http://www.vin.com/CE/STAF159-0812_VSPN.htm | Enroll now

    TECH167-0812: Basic Reptile Nursing Care
    INSTRUCTOR: Jenni Jenkins-Perez, LVT, CVT
    COURSE OPEN: August 8-September 15, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Wednesdays, August 15, 22, 29, and September 5, 2012; 9:00pm-10:30pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 6
    Level and Prerequisites: This basic course is designed for the veterinary technician who occasionally sees a reptile patient in practice or has an interest in learning about reptile nursing care.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians only.
    NOTE: The Real Time Session of this course will have an audio component, please be prepared.
    Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by July 25, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information:http://www.vin.com/CE/TECH167-0812_VSPN.htm | Enroll now

    TECH214-0812: AVNT-Nutrition Series: IBD-Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    INSTRUCTOR: Charlotte Higgins, CVT
    COURSE OPEN: August 16-September 2, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSION (RTS): Thursday, August 23, 2012; 1:00pm-2:30pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 2.5 (1.5 hours of lecture, 1 hour for in-depth interaction of case discussions on the message boards)
    Level and Prerequisites: This advanced course is geared toward veterinary technicians, especially those working toward their VTS in Nutrition. Participants should already have a strong grasp of basic nutrition and disease processes. The course format is that of a VINgnette where interaction in the message boards discussing case scenarios will be required to enhance the single Real Time Session. Participants should plan on this more intensive study.
    The AVNT Nutrition Series is an on-going program hosted by VSPN in cooperation with the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians (AVNT) and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) to promote advanced education in animal nutrition for credentialed veterinary technicians. Candidates for Veterinary Technician Specialist-Nutrition (VTS-Nutrition) through AVNT are eligible for education credit as specified by the AVNT credential requirements found at http://www.nutritiontechs.org.Courses are offered monthly except in June and December.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians only.
    NOTE: The Real Time Session of this course will have an audio component, please be prepared.
    Tuition: $50 ($45 early bird special if enrolled by August 2, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: http://www.vin.com/CE/TECH214-0812_VSPN.htm | Enroll now

    STAF121-0912: Veterinary Medical Terminology
    INSTRUCTOR: Barb Burri, MEd, MBA, CVT, LVT
    COURSE OPEN: September 4-October 5, 2011
    REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Tuesdays, September 11, 18, and 25, 2012; 9:00pm-10:00pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 3
    Level and Prerequisites: This basic course is focused towards front desk/client service staff, veterinary assistants, and veterinary technician students and concentrates on decoding veterinary medical terms. This course is recommended prior to taking the VSPN Veterinary Medical Terminology Clinical Applications Course.
    VSPN CE Course. This course is RACE approved for veterinary technicians only and is VHMA approved for CVPM credits.
    Tuition: $60 ($54 early bird special if enrolled by August 21, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: http://www.vin.com/CE/STAF121-0912_VSPN.htm | Enroll now

    STAF151-0912: PM Focus Series: Time Management for Managers
    INSTRUCTOR: Rebecca Rose, AAS, CVT
    COURSE OPEN: September 5-22, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSION (RTS): Wednesday, September 12, 2012; 8:00pm-9:30pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 2.5 (1.5 hours of lecture, 1 hour for in-depth interaction of case discussions on the message boards)
    Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course is geared toward veterinary practice managers, especially those working as practice managers and/or toward their CVPM, but is open to any VSPN or VIN Member wishing to master time management and conflicting committments. This practice management course is part of a series of focus topics to highlight features of management in a single Real Time Session. Prior participation in the Practice Management 101 course is recommended, but not required. The course format is that of a VINgnette where interaction in the message boards discussing case scenarios will be required to enhance the single Real Time Session. Participants should plan on this more intensive study.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians and to VHMA for CVPM credits.
    Tuition: $50 ($45 early bird special if enrolled by August 22, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: http://www.vin.com/CE/STAF151-0912_VSPN.htm | Enroll now

    EXOT404-0912: Small Rodent Review
    INSTRUCTOR: Sandra Mitchell DVM, DABVP (Exotic Companion Mammal Specialty and Feline Specialty)
    COURSE OPEN: September 5-October 13, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSION (RTS): Wednesdays, September 12, 19, 26, and October 3, 2012; 8:00-9:30 pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 6
    Level and Prerequisites: This basic course will be open primarily to veterinarians, but veterinary technicians interested in a small rodent review are welcome to attend.
    VIN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
    Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by August 22, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: http://www.vin.com/CE/EXOT404-0912_VSPN.htm | Enroll now

    TECH216-0912: Canine and Feline Diabetes
    INSTRUCTOR: Tom Hansen, DVM
    COURSE OPEN: September 10-27, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSION (RTS): Monday, September 17, 2012; 10:00pm-11:30pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 1.5
    Level and Prerequisites: This basic course is designed to provide an overview of the pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus, clinical signs, and home care.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians only.
    NOTE: The Real Time Session of this course will have an audio component, please be prepared.
    Tuition: $30 ($27 early bird special if enrolled by August 27, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: http://www.vin.com/CE/TECH216-0912_VSPN.htm | Enroll now

    TECH208-0912: AVNT-Nutrition Series: Canine Urolithiasis
    INSTRUCTOR: Vicky Ograin, MBA, RVT
    COURSE OPEN: September 14-October 1, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSION (RTS): Friday, September 21, 2012; 8:00pm-9:30pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 2.5 (1.5 hours of lecture, 1 hour for in-depth interaction of case discussions on the message boards)
    Level and Prerequisites: This advanced course is geared toward veterinary technicians, especially those working toward their VTS in Nutrition. Participants should already have a strong grasp of basic nutrition and disease processes. The course format is that of a VINgnette where interaction in the message boards discussing case scenarios will be required to enhance the single Real Time Session. Participants should plan on this more intensive study.
    The AVNT Nutrition Series is an on-going program hosted by VSPN in cooperation with the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians (AVNT) and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) to promote advanced education in animal nutrition for credentialed veterinary technicians. Candidates for Veterinary Technician Specialist-Nutrition (VTS-Nutrition) through AVNT are eligible for education credit as specified by the AVNT credential requirements found at http://www.nutritiontechs.org.Courses are offered monthly except in June and December.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians only.
    NOTE: The Real Time Session of this course will have an audio component, please be prepared.
    Tuition: $50 ($45 early bird special if enrolled by August 31, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: http://www.vin.com/CE/TECH208-0912_VSPN.htm | Enroll now

    TECH120-0912: Practical Review for Veterinary Technicians: VTNE Preparation Class F2012
    INSTRUCTORS: Nanette Walker Smith, MEd, RVT, CVT, LVT; Darci Palmer, LVT, VTS (Anes); Barb Burri, MEd, MBA, CVT, LVT; Shelley Shopsowitz, RVT, BA; Mark Sharpless, RVT, CMAR, RLATG, CPIA; Mary Mould, BS, RVT; Oriana Scislowicz, BS, LVT, VDT
    COURSE OPEN: September 14-December 15, 2012 (Note: For a certificate of completion, participation statistics will be pulled and calculated on November 21 (10 days after the last Real Time Session); however, class message boards will remain open for interaction with the instructors through the VTNE testing window ending December 15, 2012).
    REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Sundays, September 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, and November 4 and 11, 2012; 8:00pm-9:30pm ET (USA)
    Level and Prerequisites: This course is designed to help veterinary technician students review the basics of veterinary technology in an overview format. It is not designed to provide in-depth knowledge on each subject as it is assumed the student has that knowledge and is reviewing information in preparation for sitting for the VTNE.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians only.
    Tuition: $210 ($105 for enrolled in AVMA/Canadian accredited VT program students or those who have graduated within 6 months of the course start date, see below). Tuition fees are deeply discounted thanks to a generous grant from the VIN Foundation.
    **NOTE: There is NO early bird discount date and enrollment WILL CLOSE on Spetember 14, 2012 at 5pm ET (USA) or earlier if the maximum number of registrants is reached.
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: coming soon

    TECH215-0912: Digital Radiography
    INSTRUCTOR: Tara Wochesen, BS, RVT
    COURSE OPEN: September 27-November 4, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2012; 8:00pm-9:30pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 6
    Level and Prerequisites: This basic to intermediate course is geared toward veterinary technicians interested in learning how digital radiography works including the advantages and disadvantages, the equipment involved, options available, system requirements, and trouble-shooting. Participants should be knowledgeable in radiography including x-ray production, positioning and basic technique evaluation.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians only.
    NOTE: The Real Time Session of this course will have an audio component, please be prepared.
    Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by September 13, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: coming soon

    EXOT316-1012: Backyard Poultry Medicine
    INSTRUCTOR(S): Lynne Luna, DVM, MAM
    COURSE OPEN: October 1-November 1, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Monday, October 8, 15, and 22; 9:30-11:30 PM ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 6
    Level and Prerequisites: This basic course will be open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians actively interested in small flock/backyard poultry medicine.
    VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
    Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by September 17, 2012).
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: http://www.vin.com/CE/EXOT316-1016_VSPN.htm | Enroll now

    STAF146-1012: Employee Evaluations and Performance Planning
    INSTRUCTOR: Heather Howell, LVT, RVT, MBA
    COURSE OPEN: October 1-25, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Mondays, October 8 and 15, 2012; 9:30pm-11:00pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 3
    Level and Prerequisites: This advanced course is geared toward veterinarians, practice managers, and supervisors to best incorporate practice ethics and atmosphere to utilize evaluations for advancement of practice goals and staff development.
    VSPN CE Course. This has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians and is VHMA approved for CVPM credits.
    Tuition: $60 ($54 early bird special if enrolled by September 17, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: coming soon

    TECH192-1012: Canine and Feline Patient Monitoring
    INSTRUCTORS: Katy Waddell, RVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia) and Paula Plummer, RVT, VTS (ECC)
    COURSE OPEN: October 1-November 8, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Mondays, October 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2012; 8:00pm-9:30pm ET (USA))
    CE CREDITS: 6
    Level and Prerequisites: This basic course is designed for all members of veterinary support team and will focus on providing information to ensure appropriate patient safety. There are no prerequisites and all members of the veterinary support team will be welcome to join the course and its discussions.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians only.
    Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by September 17, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: coming soon

    TECH173-1012: Canine and Feline Pharmacology
    INSTRUCTOR: Lee Palmer, DVM, Patricia Zehna, RVT, and Darci Palmer, BS, LVT, VTS (Anes)
    COURSE OPEN: October 2-November 23, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Tuesdays, October 9, 16, 23, 30, and November 6 and 13, 2012; 8:00pm-9:30pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 9
    Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course is designed to help the experienced veterinary technicians and soon-to-be graduating veterinary technician student understand the fundamentals of small animal clinical pharmacology. The course will cover the major pharmacological drug classes used in veterinary medicine. A good understanding of physiology is strongly recommended, but not required.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians only.
    Tuition: $180 ($162 early bird special if enrolled by September 11, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: coming soon

    STAF152-1012: PM Focus Series: Team Members-Assets of the Clinic
    INSTRUCTOR: Rebecca Rose, AAS, CVT
    COURSE OPEN: October 3-20, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSION (RTS): Wednesday, October 10, 2012; 8:00pm-9:30pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 2.5 (1.5 hours of lecture, 1 hour for in-depth interaction of case discussions on the message boards)
    Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course is geared toward veterinary practice managers and supervisors, especially those working as practice managers and/or toward their CVPM. This practice management course is part of a series of focus topics to highlight features of management in a single Real Time Session. Prior participation in the Practice Management 101 course is recommended, but not required. The course format is that of a VINgnette where interaction in the message boards discussing case scenarios will be required to enhance the single Real Time Session. Participants should plan on this more intensive study.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians and to VHMA for CVPM credits.
    Tuition: $50 ($45 early bird special if enrolled by September 19, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: coming soon

    TECH209-1012: AVNT-Nutrition Series: Feline Diabetes Mellitus
    INSTRUCTOR: Ann Wortinger, BIS, LVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM)
    COURSE OPEN: October 17-November 3, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSION (RTS): Wednesday, October 24, 2012; 8:00pm-9:30pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 2.5 (1.5 hours of lecture, 1 hour for in-depth interaction of case discussions on the message boards)
    Level and Prerequisites: This advanced course is geared toward veterinary technicians, especially those working toward their VTS in Nutrition. Participants should already have a strong grasp of basic nutrition and disease processes. The course format is that of a VINgnette where interaction in the message boards discussing case scenarios will be required to enhance the single Real Time Session. Participants should plan on this more intensive study.
    The AVNT Nutrition Series is an on-going program hosted by VSPN in cooperation with the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians (AVNT) and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) to promote advanced education in animal nutrition for credentialed veterinary technicians. Candidates for Veterinary Technician Specialist-Nutrition (VTS-Nutrition) through AVNT are eligible for education credit as specified by the AVNT credential requirements found at http://www.nutritiontechs.org.Courses are offered monthly except in June and December.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians only.
    NOTE: The Real Time Session of this course will have an audio component, please be prepared.
    Tuition: $50 ($45 early bird special if enrolled by October 3, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: coming soon

    STAF112-1012: Personnel Issues Facing Veterinary Practice
    INSTRUCTOR: Heather Howell, LVT, RVT, MBA
    COURSE OPEN: October 29-December 6, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Mondays, November 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2012; 9:30pm-11:00pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 6
    Level and Prerequisites: This advanced course is focused primarily toward veterinary practice managers, hospital administrators, supervisors and those involved in the personnel management aspects of the practice.
    VSPN CE Course. This has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians and is VHMA approved for CVPM credits.
    Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by October 15, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: coming soon

    DIAG211-1012: Introduction to Transfusion Medicine
    INSTRUCTOR(S): Tony Johnson, DVM, ACVECC; Steven J. Bailey, DVM, DABVP; Bob Vasilopulos, DVM, MS, DACVIM & Christopher Byers, DVM, ACVIM, ACVECC
    COURSE OPEN: October 31-November 24, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Wednesdays, November 7 and 14; 9:30-11:30 PM ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 4
    Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course is geared toward veterinarians and veterinary technicians interested in transfusion medicine. Participants should be well versed in basic canine and feline anatomy and physiology.
    VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
    Tuition: Free. Enrollment WILL CLOSE on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 8pm ET (USA) OR as soon as the course capacity is reached. We are looking for a good balance of VIN members and VSPN members so we reserve the right to close enrollment once we reach capacity of either VIN members or VSPN members.
    This course is open to VIN members and VSPN members only.
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: http://www.vin.com/CE/DIAG211-1012_VSPN.htm
    Enrollment is closed for this course as maximum capacity has been met.

    STAF153-1112: PM Focus Series: Hiring for Aptitude and Attitude
    INSTRUCTOR: Rebecca Rose, AAS, CVT
    COURSE OPEN: November 7-24, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSION (RTS): Wednesday, November 14, 2012; 8:00pm-9:30pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 2.5 (1.5 hours of lecture, 1 hour for in-depth interaction of case discussions on the message boards)
    Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course is geared toward veterinary practice managers and supervisors, especially those working as practice managers and/or toward their CVPM. This practice management course is part of a series of focus topics to highlight features of management in a single Real Time Session. Prior participation in the Practice Management 101 course is recommended, but not required. The course format is that of a VINgnette where interaction in the message boards discussing case scenarios will be required to enhance the single Real Time Session. Participants should plan on this more intensive study.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians and to VHMA for CVPM credits.
    Tuition: $50 ($45 early bird special if enrolled by October 24, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: coming soon

    TECH212-1112: AVNT-Nutrition Series: Feline Osteoarthritis
    INSTRUCTOR: Kara Burns, MS, MEd, LVT
    COURSE OPEN: November 13-30, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSION (RTS): Tuesday, November 20, 2012; 8:00pm-9:30pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 2.5 (1.5 hours of lecture, 1 hour for in-depth interaction of case discussions on the message boards)
    Level and Prerequisites: This advanced course is geared toward veterinary technicians, especially those working toward their VTS in Nutrition. Participants should already have a strong grasp of basic nutrition and disease processes. The course format is that of a VINgnette where interaction in the message boards discussing case scenarios will be required to enhance the single Real Time Session. Participants should plan on this more intensive study.
    The AVNT Nutrition Series is an on-going program hosted by VSPN in cooperation with the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians (AVNT) and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) to promote advanced education in animal nutrition for credentialed veterinary technicians. Candidates for Veterinary Technician Specialist-Nutrition (VTS-Nutrition) through AVNT are eligible for education credit as specified by the AVNT credential requirements found at http://www.nutritiontechs.org.Courses are offered monthly except in June and December.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians only.
    NOTE: The Real Time Session of this course will have an audio component, please be prepared.
    Tuition: $50 ($45 early bird special if enrolled by October 31, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: coming soon

    TECH217-1112: Puppies and Kittens-the Basics
    INSTRUCTOR: Tom Hansen, DVM
    COURSE OPEN: November 16-December 19, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSION (RTS): Sundays, November 25 and December 2 and 9, 2012; 9:30pm-11:30pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 6
    Level and Prerequisites: This basic course is designed to provide an overview of puppies and kittens, their care and potential pathophysiology with an emphasis on client interaction.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians only.
    NOTE: The Real Time Session of this course will have an audio component, please be prepared.
    Tuition: $30 ($27 early bird special if enrolled by November 2, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: coming soon

    STAF148-1112: Veterinary Technician Credentialing and Regulation
    INSTRUCTOR: Rebecca Rose, AAS, CVT
    COURSE OPEN: November 20-December 22, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSION (RTS): Wednesdays, November 28, December 5 and 12, 2012; 8:00pm-9:30pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 4.5
    Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate level course is for veterinary technicians to better understand regulations, laws, and legalese for their profession. Practice managers, owners, and veterinarians may find this course helpful in understanding licensure, registration, and certification of veterinary technicians.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians only.
    Tuition: $90 ($81 early bird special if enrolled by November 6, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: coming soon

    STAF145-1112: Veterinary Medical Terminology-Clinical Practice Applications
    INSTRUCTOR: Barb Burri, MEd, MBA, CVT, LVT
    COURSE OPEN: November 20-December 28, 2011
    REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Tuesdays, November 27, and December 4, 11, and 18, 2012; 9:00pm-10:30pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 6
    Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course is focused towards all veterinary staff and applies veterinary medical terminology into clinical practice use. A course in Veterinary Medical Terminology basics is a recommendation prior to taking this course.
    VSPN CE Course. This course is RACE approved for veterinary technicians only and is VHMA approved for CVPM credits.
    NOTE: The Real Time Session of this course will have an audio component, please be prepared.
    Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by November 6, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: coming soon

    TECH168-1112: Reptile Parasitology
    INSTRUCTOR: Jenni Jenkins-Perez, LVT, CVT
    COURSE OPEN: November 26-December 20, 2012
    REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Mondays, December 3 and 10, 2012; 9:00pm-10:30pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 3
    Level and Prerequisites: This basic course recommends participants be familiar with common reptiles and some clinical pathology testing methods.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians only.
    NOTE: The Real Time Session of this course will have an audio component, please be prepared.
    Tuition: $60 ($54 early bird special if enrolled by November 12, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: coming soon

    2013

    STAF154-0113: PM Focus Series: Hospital Budgets
    INSTRUCTOR: Rebecca Rose, AAS, CVT
    COURSE OPEN: January 9-26, 2013
    REAL TIME SESSION (RTS): Wednesday, January 16, 2013; 8:00pm-9:30pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 2.5 (1.5 hours of lecture, 1 hour for in-depth interaction of case discussions on the message boards)
    Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course is geared toward veterinary practice managers and supervisors, especially those working as practice managers and/or toward their CVPM. This practice management course is part of a series of focus topics to highlight features of management in a single Real Time Session. Prior participation in the Practice Management 101 course is recommended, but not required. The course format is that of a VINgnette where interaction in the message boards discussing case scenarios will be required to enhance the single Real Time Session. Participants should plan on this more intensive study.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians and to VHMA for CVPM credits.
    Tuition: TBD ($TBD early bird special if enrolled by December 26, 2012)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: coming soon

    STAF119-0113: Communication & Conflict Management Module 1: Communication & Organizational Development
    INSTRUCTOR: Heather Howell, LVT, RVT, MBA
    COURSE OPEN: January 14-February 14, 2013
    REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Mondays, January 21, 28, and February 4, 2013; 9:30pm-11:00pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 4.5
    Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course is open to all veterinary staff with the focus of enabling team members to more effectively communicated and resolve conflicts. All three modules are recommended, but not required for participation or completion for each individual module.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians and veterinarians and is approved by VHMA for CVPM credits.
    Tuition: $TBD (TBD early bird special if enrolled by November 12, 2012)
    *Enroll in all three modules by January 21, 2013 and receive a 15% discount off the regular course price. *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: coming soon

    STAF155-0213: PM Focus Series: Team Phase Training
    INSTRUCTOR: Rebecca Rose, AAS, CVT
    COURSE OPEN: February 6-23, 2013
    REAL TIME SESSION (RTS): Wednesday, February 13, 2013; 8:00pm-9:30pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 2.5 (1.5 hours of lecture, 1 hour for in-depth interaction of case discussions on the message boards)
    Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course is geared toward veterinary practice managers and supervisors, especially those working as practice managers and/or toward their CVPM. This practice management course is part of a series of focus topics to highlight features of management in a single Real Time Session. Prior participation in the Practice Management 101 course is recommended, but not required. The course format is that of a VINgnette where interaction in the message boards discussing case scenarios will be required to enhance the single Real Time Session. Participants should plan on this more intensive study.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians and to VHMA for CVPM credits.
    Tuition: TBD ($TBD early bird special if enrolled by January 23, 2013)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: coming soon

    STAF124-0213: Communication & Conflict Management Module 2: Conflict Management, Resolution, & Mentoring
    INSTRUCTOR: Heather Howell, LVT, RVT, MBA
    COURSE OPEN: February 25-March 28, 2013
    REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Mondays, March 4, 11, and 18, 2013; 9:30pm-11:00pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 4.5
    Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course is open to all veterinary staff with the focus of enabling team members to more effectively communicated and resolve conflicts. All three modules are recommended, but not required for participation or completion for each individual module.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians and veterinarians and is approved by VHMA for CVPM credits.
    Tuition: $TBD ($TBD early bird special if enrolled by February 13, 2013)
    *Enroll in all three modules by January 21, 2013 and receive a 15% discount off the regular course price. *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: coming soon

    STAF156-0313: PM Focus Series: Labor Laws
    INSTRUCTOR: Rebecca Rose, AAS, CVT
    COURSE OPEN: March 6-23, 2013
    REAL TIME SESSION (RTS): Wednesday, March 13, 2013; 8:00pm-9:30pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 2.5 (1.5 hours of lecture, 1 hour for in-depth interaction of case discussions on the message boards)
    Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course is geared toward veterinary practice managers and supervisors, especially those working as practice managers and/or toward their CVPM; however this course is open to all VIN and VSPN members for a better understanding of labor law, contracts, etc. This practice management course is part of a series of focus topics to highlight features of management in a single Real Time Session. Prior participation in the Practice Management 101 course is recommended, but not required. The course format is that of a VINgnette where interaction in the message boards discussing case scenarios will be required to enhance the single Real Time Session. Participants should plan on this more intensive study.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians and to VHMA for CVPM credits.
    Tuition: TBD ($TBD early bird special if enrolled by February 20, 2013)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: coming soon

    STAF120-0413: Communication & Conflict Management Module 3: Balancing Your Life & Managing Your Stress
    INSTRUCTOR: Heather Howell, LVT, RVT, MBA
    COURSE OPEN: April 8-May 9, 2013
    REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Mondays, April 15, 22, and 29, 2013; 9:30pm-11:00pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 4.5
    Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course is open to all veterinary staff with the focus of enabling team members to more effectively communicated and resolve conflicts. All three modules are recommended, but not required for participation or completion for each individual module.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians and veterinarians and is approved by VHMA for CVPM credits.
    Tuition: TBD ($TBD early bird special if enrolled by February 13, 2013)
    *Enroll in all three modules by January 21, 2013 and receive a 15% discount off the regular course price. *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: coming soon

    STAF158-0513: PM Focus Series: ROI Social Media
    INSTRUCTOR: Rebecca Rose, AAS, CVT
    COURSE OPEN: May 8-25, 2013
    REAL TIME SESSION (RTS): Wednesday, May 15, 2013; 8:00pm-9:30pm ET (USA)
    CE CREDITS: 2.5 (1.5 hours of lecture, 1 hour for in-depth interaction of case discussions on the message boards)
    Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course is geared toward veterinary practice managers and supervisors, especially those working as practice managers and/or toward their CVPM. This practice management course is part of a series of focus topics to highlight features of management in a single Real Time Session. Prior participation in the Practice Management 101 course is recommended, but not required. The course format is that of a VINgnette where interaction in the message boards discussing case scenarios will be required to enhance the single Real Time Session. Participants should plan on this more intensive study.
    VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians and to VHMA for CVPM credits.
    Tuition: TBD ($TBD early bird special if enrolled by April 24, 2013)
    *See the course information page for more information on content, discounts, and materials
    Course Information: coming soon

    In the Works...

    Ventilation early 2013
    CRI Calculations-Focus course 2012
    Fluid Therapy - 2013
    Veterinary Technician Clinical Assessment Skills
    Veterinary Assisting Modules 1, 2, and 3 - spring/sumer 2013
    Creating a Staff Handbook - summer/fall 2013
    Inventory - spring/summer 2013
    Disaster Preparedness for the Veterinary Practice
    Blood banking
    Parvovirus


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