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STAF115-0206 : Veterinary Assisting Module 2: How the Veterinary Assistant Can Directly Improve Patient Care
Heather Howell, LVT, MBA
February 8 - March 8, 2006
Real Time Sessions: Monday evenings February 13, 20 and 27, 2006; 9:30pm - 11:00pm ET (USA)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Goal of the course: To teach veterinary assistants, animal caretakers, and new employees necessary information so they may actively contribute to quality patient care. To impart knowledge and techniques veterinary assistants can utilize when assisting veterinarians and veterinary technicians. This course focuses primarily on companion animal practice.
Module 2 has three (3) live online real time sessions covering discussion of situations; homework reinforcing the handouts and real time sessions; interactive message boards to discuss the real time sessions and homework; and a final exam. The course offers interactive cases that each participant must complete as homework during the course. The goal of the interactive cases is to test the participant's knowledge of the material discussed in each session.
All members of the veterinary support staff may join the course and its discussions; however, this course has a basic content and is focused toward veterinary assistants, animal caretakers and new hospital employees.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
Week 1 - Nursing
Content: This lecture will cover techniques in patient care and nursing. It will include discussion of normal vital signs, basic patient monitoring and patient care, charting patient care, hygiene, and exercising and feeding of the hospitalized patient. This session will also cover compassion and stewardship of our patients.
Week 2 - Euthanasia
Content: This lecture will cover the sensitive issue of euthanasia and how to compassionately handle clients and their pets during this emotional time. This session will explain the stages of grief and how grief affects people. We will also discuss how to manage the emotions and stress you and your hospital team may feel from being involved with this process. In addition, we will review patient handling techniques that accompany euthanasia.
Week 3 - Wellness Programs (Vaccinations, Dentistry, Geriatrics, Veterinary Visits, etc.)
Content: This lecture will discuss practice wellness programs; give examples of such programs and how to discuss them with clients. We will also cover why wellness programs are important for patient care. This session will be particularly useful for those who currently work as exam room assistants or hope to implement such a system in their practice.
CE HOURS: 4.5 CEU's per module
The following are the recommended texts for each module. For purchasing, click on the VIN Store link or go to www.store.vin.com.
Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, Fifth Edition, Dennis McCurnin, DVM, MS, W.B. Saunders Company, 1994. Purchase from the VIN Store: http://store.vin.com/custom/edit.asp?p=82142
Veterinary Medical Terminology, Dawn E. Christenson, W.B. Saunders Company, 1997. Purchase from the VIN Store: http://store.vin.com/custom/edit.asp?p=82516
Veterinary Nursing, third edition, D.R. Lane & B. Cooper, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2003. Purchase from the VIN Store: http://store.vin.com/custom/edit.asp?p=91429
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, Judith Viorst, Aladdin Paperbacks, Children's Publishing Division, New York, 1971.
What's Heaven, Maria Shriver, St. Martin's Press, New York, 1999.
I'll Always Love You, Hans Wilhelm, Crown Publishers, Inc., New York, 1985.
Healthcare of the Well Pet, Caroline Jevring & Thomas Catanzaro, W.B. Saunders, 1999. Purchase from the VIN Store: http://store.vin.com/custom/edit.asp?p=82258
LIBRARY MATERIALS: Library materials will be made available prior to the topic week so participants will have plenty of time to prepare for the real time sessions and discussion.
MESSAGE BOARD DISCUSSIONS: Message board discussions regarding the topic presented will begin on the day the course opens and continue for one week following the last real time session. These discussions will be held in the VSPN CE course area.
$79 ($71.00 early bird special if registered before January 25, 2006).
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