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VSPN CE Course STAF138-0116: Compassion Fatigue Module 1: Healing Ourselves
Audio only: The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly audio format.
Please come prepared to listen.

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Instructor: Katherine Dobbs, RVT, CVPM, PHR
Course Open: January 26, 2016-March 4, 2016
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2016; 9:00-10:30pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter

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 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 geared for the entire veterinary health care team.
VSPN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians/support staff. "This program 22-19241 is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 6.00 CE Credits (6.00 max) being available to any one veterinarian: and/or 6.00 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (6.00 max). This RACE approval is for the subject matter categorie(s) of: Category Three: Non-Scientific-Practice Management/Professional Development using the delivery method(s) of: Interactive-Distance. This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements" This course has been approved by the VHMA for CVPM credits. (VHMA course #10-15)

Course Description:
Chances are you entered the veterinary or animal healthcare world because of your love of animals. That has remained your passion, although now you may be experiencing emotional difficulty in the role of caregiver. You are not alone--every caregiving profession can suffer from two similar but different conditions: burnout and compassion fatigue. Yet even if you are feeling toasted around the edges, or your compassion has been stretched thin, you can learn how to diagnose your condition so that the proper treatment plan can be generated. This course will help you to identify why the job tends to get tougher by the year, by the month or week even, and what you can do to turn things around. Your love of animals led you to this career, but your love for yourself will carry you through.

Week 1 (Real Time Session February 2): Compassion Fatigue vs. Burnout – Diagnosis is First

Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 2 (Real Time Session Session February 9): Exposing Compassion Fatigue – Letting the Cat out of the Bag

Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 3 (Real Time Session February 16): Compassion Fatigue – Focus on You

Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 4 (Real Time Session February 23): Compassion Fatigue – Focus on the Workplace

Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

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 be an audio presentation, please be prepared to listen.

*To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.

Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Instructor:
Katherine Dobbs, RVT, CVPM, PHR is a graduate of Tomball College with an Associates of Applied Science; Veterinary Technology. She earned certification as a Compassion Fatigue Specialist in 2009, Professional in Human Resources in 2008 and Certified Veterinary Practice Manager in 2006. Katherine has written three textbooks in practice management that are published by AAHA Press, is an online blogger for Veterinary Practice News, and has had articles published in Veterinary Economics, Veterinary Practice News, AAHA Trends and TechLife. She has presented at International Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Symposium, American Animal Hospital Association, North American Veterinary Conference, Western Veterinary Conference, Association of Veterinary Technician Educators, and Wild West Veterinary Conference. Katherine is a member of the Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Practice Association (former founder and president), Society for Human Resource Management and Veterinary Hospital Managers Association.

Total CE Credit: 6

Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by January 12, 2016)
*Enroll in both Modules by February 2, 2016 and receive a 16% discount off the regular course price.

* 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 at 5pm ET on February 2, 2016, or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 792 or email VSPNCE@vspn.org. Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: ""This program 22-19241 is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 6.00 CE Credits (6.00 max) being available to any one veterinarian: and/or 6.00 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (6.00 max). This RACE approval is for the subject matter categorie(s) of: Category Three: Non-Scientific-Practice Management/Professional Development using the delivery method(s) of: Interactive-Distance. This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements" ”

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 VSPN office 800-846-0028 ext. 792 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VSPN office at 800-846-0028 ext. 792.

*For more information on VSPN's upcoming CE courses, check the VSPN Course Catalog.

Charlotte Waack, RVT, CVT
VSPN Director/VSPN CE Interim Director

VSPN CE Services: VSPNCE@vspn.org
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 792
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01 45 222 6154
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from Australia: 02 6145 2357


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