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VIN CE Course ANES109-1015: Anesthesia Alphabet Soup
The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly audio format.
Please come prepared to listen.

Enrollment is closed.

Instructors: Nancy Brock, DVM, DACVAA (course coordinator)
Lydia Love, DVM, DACVAA
Kris Kruse-Elliott, DVM, PhD, DACVAA

Course Open: October 8-November 29, 2015
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Thursdays, October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12 and 19; 8:00-10:00 pm 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. 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 appeal to seasoned, newly minted and returning small animal clinicians alike - anyone interested in deepening their understanding of decision making that enhances clinical anesthesia safety: VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians. Licensed or experienced (5 years suggested) veterinary staff may also enroll provided they are associated with an enrolled veterinarian. Veterinary staff need to provide the name of their veterinarian in the comment section during the enrollment process. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

Course Description:
This course provides an overview of anesthesia drugs, old and new, with a focus on drug selection to optimize anesthesia management in cats, dogs and rabbits. Case studies with varying levels of complexity and patient compromise will provide examples for participants to discuss pros and cons of drug selection.

This course consists of six (6) 2-hour Real Time Session, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory end-of-course test. 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.

Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course. Recommended Textbooks: About the Instructors:
Nancy Brock, DVM, DACVAA
Originally from Montreal, Dr. Brock obtained her DVM degree from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 1982. She completed a residency in anesthesia and critical care at the University of California, Davis in 1988. In 1995, she became certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. Based in Vancouver British Columbia, Dr. Brock provides veterinarians and their nursing staff with anesthesia assistance and expertise. This assistance comes in the form of case management through telemedicine, telephone consultation, in-clinic delivery of anesthesia to high risk or fragile patients and the training of veterinarians and technicians in advanced anesthesia techniques. She is also the author of a quick reference anesthesia publication entitled Veterinary Anesthesia Update for small animal practitioners.

Lydia Love, DVM, DACVAA
Dr. Love graduated from the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002, completed a small animal internship in San Diego, and then worked for The Humane Society of the United States organizing and conducting free sterilization clinics in the rural Southeastern US. This work led her to develop a passionate interest in anesthesia, pain management, and complete peri-operative care. Dr. Love returned to the University of Tennessee to complete a residency in veterinary anesthesia and obtained board certification from the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia & Analgesia in 2010. She has since been working in private specialty practice and is a co-editor of and author of several chapters in the book, Pain Management in Veterinary Practice.

Kris Kruse-Elliott, DVM, PhD, DACVAA
Dr. Kruse received her DVM from Oregon State University in 1984. The following year was spent in mixed animal practice in Seattle, WA before moving on to advanced specialty training in anesthesiology. She completed her anesthesia residency at North Carolina State University from 1985-1988, becoming board certified and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia in 1989. Dr. Kruse received her PhD in pulmonary physiology from North Carolina State University in 1992 and joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison the same year where she taught for 15 years. Dr. Kruse has been the medical director at Animalscan in Redwood City, CA since 2006.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session October 15, 2015): Acepromazine, Alfaxan, Anticholinergics, Alpha-2 Agonists and Antagonists

Week 2 (Real Time Session October 22, 2015): Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, Dissociative Agents, Etomidate

Week 3 (Real Time Session October 29, 2015): Gabapentin, Inhalants, Lidocaine, NSAIDs

Week 4 (Real Time Session November 5, 2015): Opioids, Propofol, Trazodone
Content: Week 5 (Real Time Session November 12, 2015): Case Discussion - Premedication & Induction
Content: Instructors will present cases for discussion involving canine, feline, and lapine premedication and induction.

Week 6 (Real Time Session November 19, 2015): Case Discussion - Maintenance & Recovery
Content: Instructors will present cases for discussion involving canine, feline, and lapine maintenance and recovery after surgery.

CE Credits: 12

Tuition: Member $252 ($227 early bird special if enrolled by September 24, 2015)
Non-Member $374 ($337 early bird special if enrolled by September 24, 2015)

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on October 15, 2015 at 5 pm ET (USA) 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 and 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. 797 or email Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is approved for 12 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 VIN CE at 800-846-0028 ext. 797 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 VIN office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 800-846-0028 ext. 797.

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator

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