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VSPN CE Course TECH251-1015: A Very Bloody Affair: Veterinary Transfusion Medicine
Audio and Text: The lectures for this course will be presented with a combination of text and audio..

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Instructor(s): Kenichiro Yagi, BS, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM) and Sally Lester, DVM, MVSc, DACVP (Anatomic & Clinical Pathology)

Course Open: October 15, 2015-November 22, 2015
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Thursdays, October 22, 29, November 5 and 12, 2015; 8:00- 9:30pm 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 intermediate course is designed for veterinarians, and veterinary technicians working in areas of the field being exposed to blood transfusions or interested in a specialty certification in emergency/critical care or small animal internal medicine. Material appropriate for those working in or wishing more in depth understanding of transfusion medicine will also be provided. Comfort in normal anatomy and physiology, as well as basic understanding of hematologic and immunologic systems will be beneficial in learning the material.
VSPN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary support staff.
The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

Course Information/Outline:
Component therapy is the practice in transfusion medicine which employs our knowledge of each compartment of blood to the benefit of the patient, avoiding patient exposure to additional risks from unnecessary components. The most commonly transfused blood component is red blood cells, and in this course we will discuss indications, methods, and precautions to be taken with RBC transfusions. Plasma contain coagulation factors, albumin, and other proteins of interest, and is commonly used to treat a variety of conditions of plasma protein deficiencies. Plasma components have evolved over the course of time, with more options available in treating specific conditions. Platelet products have historically been difficult to obtain, and while this remains the same, there are specific situations and methods that can be used to deliver our patients with needed platelets. While blood component transfusions are mostly proven in their efficacy at treating specific conditions, there are many immunologic and non-immunologic complications that can arise from the act. For this reason, close monitoring of the patients for a collection of parameters is necessary to ensure early detection of complications and swift intervention. Whether your practice has established a very successful donor program with more than sufficient donors to meet your demand (which is often difficult) or not, diligence in conserving blood products and using alternatives to transfusions is important in providing for our patients long term. Some of these methods, such as dog to cat transfusions and autotransfusions have controversies and questions surrounding them.

Week 1 (Real Time Session October 22): Transfusions Part I: Component Therapy and RBC Products
Presenters: Kenichiro Yagi and Dr. Sally Lester
Objectives: Participants should be able to Target Audience: Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians/Technologists
CE Credits Available for this segment: 1.5
RACE Category: Scientific, Non-Scientific-Practice Management/Professional Development
Format: Text and Audio

Week 2 (Real Time Session October 29): Transfusions Part II: Plasma Components and Platelets
Presenters: Kenichiro Yagi and Dr. Sally Lester
Objectives: Participants should be able to Target Audience: Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians/Technologists
CE Credits Available for this segment: 1.5
RACE Category: Scientific, Non-Scientific-Practice Management/Professional Development
Format: Text and Audio

Week 3 (Real Time Session November 5): Transfusions Part III: Monitoring and Complications
Presenters:Kenichiro Yagi and Dr. Sally Lester
Objectives: Participants should be able to Target Audience: Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians/Technologists
CE Credits Available for this segment: 1.5
RACE Category: Scientific, Non-Scientific-Practice Management/Professional Development
Format: Text and Audio

Week 4 (Real Time Session November 12): Alternatives to Transfusions and Current Controversies in Transfusion Medicine
Presenters:Kenichiro Yagi and Dr. Sally Lester
Objectives: Participants should be able to Target Audience: Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians/Technologists
CE Credits Available for this segment: 1.5
RACE Category: Scientific, Non-Scientific-Practice Management/Professional Development
Format: Text and Audio

This course consists of four (4) Real Time Sessions 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.

*The lecture portion of this course will be both text and 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 Instructors:
Kenichiro Yagi, BS, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM) is a veterinary technician in the field for 14 years. He is a University of California-Davis graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and is pursuing a master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences with an emphasis in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at the University of Missouri. He is currently employed at Adobe Animal Hospital in Los Altos as the ICU Manager and the Blood Bank Manager. He is an instructor for VSPN, and is the ECC trainer for PetED Veterinary Education and Training Resources. He serves as the recording secretary for the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the treasurer for the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians, and the NAVTA State Representative Committee Chairperson. Kenichiro has also lectured at several conferences both in the United States and internationally. He is interested in critical care, transfusion medicine, respiratory care, evidence-based medicine and critical care nursing. Ken invites everyone to ask the question of “Why?” to understand the reasons behind the “What” and “How” of our field. Sally Lester, DVM, MVSc, DACVP (Anatomic & Clinical Pathology) graduated from Washington State University’s veterinary medicine program in 1967. She practiced as a general practitioner for 10 years, then went back to WCVM for a masters in clinical pathology, and obtained her diplomate status in clinical and anatomic pathology (1980, and 1988). She was the CEO and founder of Evergreen Lab in Seattle and Central Lab for Veterinarians in Langley BC, and is now “semi-retired”, being the laboratory director for Pilchuck Veterinary hospital and QA director for Seattle Veterinary Specialists. Sally has taught continual education courses for the Veterinary Information Network since 2000.

Total CE Credits Available for this course: 6

Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by October 1, 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 October 22, 2015, 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 (RACE program number to be determined) has been approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 6 CE Credits, with a maximum of 6CE 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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