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TECH202-0212: AVNT-Nutrition Series: Hepatic Lipidosis
INSTRUCTOR(S): Ann Wortinger, BIS, LVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM)
COURSE OPEN: February 10-27, 2012
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Friday, February 17, 2012; 8:00pm-9:30pm ET (USA)
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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. Times and dates will be listed in your course confirmation email. Expect to spend up to 1 hour at one of the 2-4 practice sessions held prior to the first Real Time Session.
* 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 a Practice Session.
Level and Prerequisites: This advanced course is designed for those credentialed veterinary technicians pursuing their VTS-Nutrition or those experienced veterinary technicians (and their veterinarians) with a high level of nutritional knowledge in canines and felines. 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 veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
This VINgnette will focus on feline hepatic lipidosis with complications. We will look at a typical presentation, typical treatment option (PEG tube) and cover some of the complications these cats can develop. We will also look at post-discharge management and complications ultimately ending with full recovery and feeding tube removal.
This course will consist of one (1) ninety (90) minute Real Time Session, 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 be considered for a course certificate of completion.
** The lecture portion of this course will be an audio presentation. Please be prepared to listen.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
About the Instructor: Ann Wortinger is a published author and has specialty certification in both Emergency Critical Care and Small Animal Internal Medicine. Her experience in general, emergency and specialty practices, as well as an educator at Sanford-Brown College's Veterinary Technology Program, serving as the Program Chairperson, provides solid experience in understanding and instituting nutritional support for patients. She has trained other technicians in nutritional support in a number of venues over the years as well as managed over 400 animals with feeding tubes.
Week 1 (Real Time Session February 17): Oliver the Yellow Cat: Hepatic Lipidosis with Complications
Required Reading (prior to February 17 Real Time Session): Chapters 25 & 68
Content: Oliver presented with feline hepatic lipidosis complicated by diabetes and weight loss. Treatment was instituted using enteral nutrition and a PEG tube. This patient also developed Refeeding Syndrome, so we will look at management in a in a recovering patient. Oliver had preexisting diabetes mellitus, so we will also address DM management in hospital with a transition to at-home management. What could be more fun, a cat, a feeding tube and electrolyte imbalances!
CE HOURS: 2.5 (1.5 hours of lecture, 1 hour for interaction in case studies on the message boards)
Tuition: $50 ($45 early bird if registered by January 27, 2012).
*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 will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.
**For more on how online CE works see the Participant Resource Center
Nanette R. Walker Smith, M.Ed., RVT, CVT, LVT
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