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TECH214-0812: AVNT-Nutrition Series: IBD-Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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INSTRUCTOR(S): Charlotte Higgins, CVT

COURSE OPEN: August 16-September 2, 2012

REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Thursday, August 23, 2012; 1:00pm-2:30pm 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 veterinary technicians only.

Course Description:
This VINgnette will focus on IBD in feline & canine patients. We will discuss typical clinical signs, diagnostic techniques, potential complications, treatment, and nutritional intervention. We will also discuss the veterinary technician's role in managing the treatment of this disease.

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

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

Required Texbook(s):

About the Instructor: Charlotte Higgins has been a CVT since 1997. She has held positions as an anesthesia technician, rotating nurse, and ICU technician at The University of Pennsylvania. For the past 13 years she has been the Nutrition Nurse Practitioner. Charlotte is a published author and professional speaker in veterinary medicine, but is most proud of her work with hospitalized patients. She is a member of the organizing committee of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session August 23): Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Required Reading (prior to August 23 Real Time Session): Chapter 57, pp1065-1076
Content: IBD is a term which encompasses a group of chronic gastrointestinal diseases that result in the clinical signs of IBD. We will discuss history taking and the importance of these clinical signs, differential diagnoses, diagnostics, and potential treatment plans. Most importantly we will cover case review and when it is necessary for the veterinary team to make dietary changes and implement nutritional support. Since IBD is often complicated by other disease processes, we will walk through case studies to exemplify the intricacies of IBD.

CE HOURS: 2.5 (1.5 hours of lecture, 1 hour for in-depth interaction of case discussions on the message boards)

Tuition: $50 ($45 early bird if registered by August 2, 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.

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