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VETERINARY SUPPORT STAFF

    
VSPN CE Course TECH197-1115: Avian Hematology and Cytology
Audio and Text: In some of the course Real Time Sessions the lecture will be predominantly audio
while in others the lecture will be predominantly text.

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Instructors: Jenni Jenkins-Perez, LVT, CVT and Michelle LaBelle-Lake, CVT, VTS (ECC)
Course Open: November 3, 2015-December 11, 2015
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, November 10, 17, 24 and December 1, 2015; 9- 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 instructors 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 will be open to is designed for all veterinary support staff handling avian patients and performing diagnostic hematology and cytologic tests. Course participants should be familiar with avian medicine and be actively involved in performing laboratory procedures.
VSPN CE Course: This course has been RACE approved for veterinary technicians/technologists only.

Course Description:
Participants will learn how to perform a full hematological and cytological evaluation of the avian patient. Topics will include sample handling and preparation, cell evaluation, calculations and counts, and blood parasites. The cytology portion of this course will cover the basics of avian cytology, including how to safely collect samples for cytologic evaluation from the avian patient, how to prepare those samples, and how to identify the differences between inflammation and neoplasia in avian species.

Week 1 (Real Time Session November 10): Sample Collection and Handling, Staining Techniques, Performing Cell Counts
Presenter(s): Jenni Jenkins-Perez, LVT, CVT and Michelle LaBelle-Lake, CVT, VTS (ECC)
Objectives: Upon completion of this session participants should be able to Target Audience: Veterinary technicians/technologists
CE Credit: 1.5
RACE Category: Scientific
Format:Text/Audio

Week 2 (Real Time Session November 17): Red Blood Cell and White Blood Cell Identification and Morphology and Avian Blood Parasites
Presenter(s): Jenni Jenkins-Perez, LVT, CVT and Michelle LaBelle-Lake, CVT, VTS (ECC)
Objectives: Upon completion of this session participants should be able to Target Audience: Veterinary technicians/technologists
CE Credit: 1.5
RACE Category: Scientific
Format:Text/Audio

Week 3 (Real Time Session November 24): Sample Collection, Preparation, Staining for Cytologic Evaluation
Presenter(s): Jenni Jenkins-Perez, LVT, CVT and Michelle LaBelle-Lake, CVT, VTS (ECC)
Objectives: Upon completion of this session participants should be able to Target Audience: Veterinary technicians/technologists
CE Credit: 1.5
RACE Category: Scientific
Format:Text/Audio

Week 4 (Real Time Session December 1): Avian Inflammatory Cells, Benign Neoplasia, Criteria for Malignancy, and Abnormal Findings
Presenter(s): Jenni Jenkins-Perez, LVT, CVT and Michelle LaBelle-Lake, CVT, VTS (ECC)
Objectives: Participants should be able to Target Audience: Veterinary technicians/technologists
CE Credit: 1.5
RACE Category: Scientific
Format:Text/Audio

Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. *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 Instructors:
Jenni Jenkins-Perez, LVT, CVT, AA, BASc (VT) is a graduate of St. Petersburg College with a bachelor’s of applied science in veterinary technology. She graduated from Michigan State University’s veterinary technology program in 1988. Jenni has years of veterinary experience with various reptile species ranging from anoles to Nile crocodiles in both zoo/aquarium practice and private practice. She has also developed curriculum and has been an adviser for a new veterinary technology program at the Florida Institute of Arts in Winter Park., Florida. Currently, she is a part-time veterinary technician for a veterinary specialty practice and is past-president of the Veterinary Laboratory Association. Jenni has taught 11 RACE approved courses for the Veterinary Support Personnel Network, has presented talks on reptile and avian hematology at numerous conferences including AVMA, Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians and St. Petersburg College. She has been published several times in Veterinary Technician Magazine.
Michelle LaBelle-Lake, CVT, VTS (ECC) is a graduate of Argosy University with an AAS in veterinary technology. She achieved her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Emergency/Critical Care in 2006. She will be pursuing a VTS in Clinical Pathology (newly approved by NAVTA). Michelle has been very active in wildlife rehabilitation and has been a member of the National Veterinary Response Team and Veterinary Medical Assistance Team. She has devoted her emergency and critical care skills to exotics and wildlife. She founded and operates the Wildlife Intensive and Critical Care Unit (WICCU), a not for profit organization which focus on providing the same or similar medical care to wildlife that owned animals receive. One of her other passions is working in the lab, especially with exotic species. Michelle currently is employed by Animal Emergency and Referral Center where she works with companion mammals and many exotics species.

Total CE Credit: 6

Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by October 20,2015)

* 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 November 3, 2015, or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
  » Enrollment is closed.
  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 22-18689 has been approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 6 CE Credits, with a maximum of 6 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian or veterinary technician/technologist. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Scientific, Non-Scientific-Practice Management/Professional Development using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance: (Web-based, Teleconference or Audio-Conference).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
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