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DIAG211-1012: Introduction to Transfusion Medicine

Steven J. Bailey, DVM, DABVP
Bob Vasilopulos, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Christopher Byers, DVM, ACVIM, ACVECC

COURSE OPEN: October 31-November 24, 2012
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Wednesdays, November 7 and 14; 9:30-11:30 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.

Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course is geared toward veterinarians and veterinary technicians interested in transfusion medicine. Participants in this course should be well versed in basic canine and feline anatomy and physiology.

VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

Course Description:
Blood transfusion is an integral part of medicine, but it is not a totally benign intervention. Many patients receive the wrong type of blood product, or receive blood products when they are not indicated. Conversely, there are many patients who would benefit from the administration of a particular blood product who do not receive them. There are many options for blood product administration, and new products are coming on the market continually. This course will give you the tools needed to match a patient with the proper component, introduce you to blood typing, cross-matching and product administration and discuss management of adverse reactions to blood products. Fundamentals of donor selection and best blood banking practices will also be covered.

This course consists of two (2) 2-hour Real Time Sessions, 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.

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 textbooks: There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Instructors:
Dr. Tony Johnson is a 1996 Washington State University grad and obtained board certification in the specialty of emergency medicine and critical care in 2003. He is currently a clinical assistant professor at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and a consultant and editor for the Veterinary Information Network. He has lectured for several international veterinary conferences and is an active blogger and writer. He used to live in a converted one-room schoolhouse in the middle of a cornfield, but has since taken up occupancy in a normal house in a normal neighborhood with very little corn. He has 2 young sons and a beautiful wife named Gretchen, who is also a veterinary emergency and critical care specialist and VIN consultant.

Dr. Steven Bailey began his career in emergency practice, but transitioned to Feline medicine in 1992. He earned his DVM from Michigan State in 1986, and (at the age of 50) in 2011 he was awarded ABVP Diplomate status in Feline medicine (you're never too old). His special interests include complicated med/surg cases, as well as critical care, and dentistry. In addition to being a VIN consultant in the Feline Folder, Dr. Bailey is an active member of the AAFP, ABVP, AVMA, and MVMA. He is a currently VP for the regions SEMVMA and sits on the board of the MVMA. In his free time, Dr. Bailey is an open water sea kayak instructor and misbegotten triathlete.

Dr. Bob Vasilopulos DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM) graduated from the University Of Illinois College Of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. He practiced emergency medicine in the Chicago area for 7 years before starting an internal medicine residency at Mississippi State University. During his residency he received a Masters Degree in Veterinary Medicine. After completing his residency and becoming board certified in small animal internal medicine in 2004 he moved to Tucson to join Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson as head of the internal medicine department and director of the internship program and blood banking program.

Dr. Christopher Byers received his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences from Colorado State University in 1999, and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell University in 2003. He completed residencies in emergency/critical care and small animal internal medicine, and is board-certified by both the ACVECC and ACVIM. He is currently faculty at MidWest Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, a private practice affiliate of the Kansas State University Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. His main areas of interest are clinical immunology and hematology, and during his time away from the hospital, he enjoys ballroom dancing, fine dining and world travel.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session November 7): Blood products, typing and transfusion reactions

Week 2 (Real Time Session November 14): House donors and Case Studies

Tuition: Free
This course is open to VIN members and VSPN members only.
Non-members and veterinary students are not eligible to enroll in this course.

*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 enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.


  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.
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*Note: "This course is submitted for approval for 4 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 VIN/VSPN office 1-800-700-INFO (4636) to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
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Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
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