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VETERINARY SUPPORT STAFF

    
VSPN CE Course TECH223-0115: Canine and Feline Allergies
Audio only: The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly audio format.
Please come prepared to listen.

  

Instructor: Thomas Hansen, DVM
Course Open: January 6, 2015-January 23, 2015
Real Time Session (RTS): Tuesday, January 13, 2015; 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 for all veterinary staff and will focus on common canine and feline allergic issues seen in small animal practice.
VSPN CE Course: This course was RACE approved for veterinary technicians only. (RACE program #22-10944)
The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

Course Description:
Skin conditions are one of the most common problems seen in day to day small animal practice. Some of the most frequent presenting complaints are itching, ear infections, hair loss, and “hot spots”. Allergies are a common underlying cause for these problems. Veterinary technicians play a vital role in the management of allergic patients through obtaining complete histories, performing diagnostic tests, and providing client education. This course will support that role by providing an overview of canine and feline allergies.

This course consists of one (1) Real Time Session of ninety (90) 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. To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

*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 are highly recommended reading PRIOR TO the RTS to enhance the single interactive session format. .

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

About the Instructor: Thomas Hansen is a graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and works in both a general practice and an emergency practice in the San Francisco East Bay area. He is currently working towards becoming boarded in canine and feline practice (ABVP).

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session January 13): Canine and Feline Allergies
Recommended reading (prior to the January 13 Real Time Session): It is recommended, though not required, that participants read the background materials for this condition in the course library.
Content:
We will start by discussing the common presentation of an allergic patient. The potential causes for the presenting complaint (i.e. differentials) and history taking will be discussed. The focus will be a discussion of the different types of allergies, their management, and client education

CE Credits: 1.5

Tuition: $30 ($27 early bird special if enrolled by December 23, 2014)

* 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 5 pm ET January 6, 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:
  
  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 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email VSPNCE@vspn.org. Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course was approved for 1.5 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 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.

The CE team:

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
Direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: (014522) 26154
Direct line to VIN/VSPN from Australia: 011 +61 26 145-2357


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