STAF121-0713: Veterinary Medical Terminology-The Basics
Barb Burri, MEd, MBA, CVT, LVT
July 30-August 30, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS):
Tuesdays, August 6, 13, and 20, 2013; 9:00pm-10:00pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area:
World Clock Converter
In order to prepare you for a successful experience
in your CE course, we request you attend a Practice Session prior to the first
Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session
is up to 1 hour in length.
For more information, please visit the
CE Practice Area
*The instructor for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen.
If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend
one of the Practice Sessions.
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 has RACE approval for (veterinary technicians only
and is VHMA approved for CVPM credits.
Veterinary staff must be able to interpret client and layman terms and translate to veterinary terms and vice versa.
As such, a clear understanding of medical terminology is an important part of daily activities in any veterinary practice.
Correct use of terminology in the veterinary workplace enhances client education and practice-wide communication.
This course will introduce the concept of breaking down medical terms into their component root words,
prefixes and suffixes for ease of understanding. Terminology by body system will be introduced,
and the participant will be able to “decode” medical terms, as well as demonstrate the correct
medical terms for many signs and symptoms. Medical terms for the body parts, as well as terms
for diseases, pathologies, diagnostics and treatments for each body system will be covered.
This is a terminology course and will not branch into the physiology of various diseases and conditions.
This course will consist of three (3) Real Time Sessions of sixty (60) minutes each, supplemental library materials,
interactive message board discussions,
a mandatory end-of-course test, and may include online multiple choice quizzes (after each Real Time Session).
Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required
to earn a certificate of completion for the course.
*The lecture portion of this course will combine both text and audio presentation, please be prepared to listen.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
- decode and define medical terms and decipher their meaning based on root words, prefixes and suffixes.
- demonstrate correct use of medical terms and effectively communicate with staff and clients for a patient's clinical signs, symptoms, and treatments.
- associate medical terms as they relate to the individual body systems
Course materials will be available
in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
There is no required textbook for this course.
About the Instructors:
- Christenson, D. E. (2009). Veterinary Medical Terminology, Second Edition. Elsevier Health. VIN Store at: https://store.vin.com/custom/edit.asp?p=82516
- Romich, J. A. (2008). An Illustrated Guide to Veterinary Medical Terminology 3rd ed. Delmar Cengage Learning. ISBN-13: 9781435420120
is an adjunct faculty member at Great Bay Community College in their veterinary technology program. In addition to this course, Barb has been a long time member of VSPN and teaches several other VSPN CE courses.
Week 1 (Real Time Session August 6):
The Basics of Veterinary Medical Terminology and Body Structure
The basics of veterinary medical terminology including decodable terms, the basic rules for combining terminology,
non-decodable terms, acronyms, eponyms, symbols and abbreviations, signs and symptoms.
We will also specifically cover terms for body planes and directional terms, including those used in
radiologic positioning and body structures, cells, tissues, and cavities; additionally covering
the musculoskeletal system including the anatomical
terms for bones, names of major bones in the skeleton, terminology of muscles and major muscle groups.
(Real Time Session August 13)The Circulatory, Nervous, Respiratory and Integumentary Systems
Blood, lymph and circulatory terms will be covered including associated terms for pathology, conditions,
and treatments. The nervous, respiratory and integument will also be covered.
Week 3 (Real Time Session August 20) The Urinary, Reproductive, Endocrine and Digestive Systems
Content:This week's terms will cover the urinary, reproductive, endocrine and digestive systems, including
anatomical and medical terms relating to treatment and pathology within these body systems.
CE CREDITS: 3
$60 ($54 early bird special if enrolled by July 16,2013).
* 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).
*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 enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the
Participant Resource Center
- Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to
VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course
must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a
VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
- Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org
and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants;
personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
- Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration.
To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll
for a course on behalf of another individual.
- For further assistance call 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email (VIN CE)
CEonVIN@vin.com or (VSPN CE)
Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is approved for 3 continuing education credits in jurisdictions
which recognize AAVSB 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 VSPN/VIN CE at 1-800-700-4636 for further information.
(Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for
information regarding recognition by their board).
Course withdrawal and refund policy:
A complete refund of the paid course price will be
issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course.
If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN/VSPN office 1-800-700-INFO (4636)
to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you
call the VIN/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).
*For more information on VSPN's upcoming CE courses, check the
VSPN Course Catalog
Nanette R. Walker Smith, MEd, RVT, CVT, LVT
VSPN Content Director & CE Coordinator
VSPN CE Services: VSPNCE@vspn.org
1-800-846-0028 or 1-530-756-4881 or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01452226154
Barb Burri (Barb@vspn.org); ext. 764 (New Hampshire)
Charlotte Waack (Charlotte@vspn.org); ext 193 (Illinois)
Chris Upchurch (Chris@vspn.org); ext 197 (Florida)
Lisa Kernaghan (Lisa@vspn.org); ext 159 (Arizona)
Nanette Walker Smith (Nanette@vspn.org); ext 187 (Colorado)
800.700.4636 | CEonVIN@vin.com | 530.756.4881 | Fax: 530.756.6035|
777 West Covell Blvd, Davis, CA 95616
Copyright 2013, Veterinary Information Network, Inc.