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STAF116-1009 : Veterinary Assisting Module 3: Overview of Diagnostic Procedures
Heather Howell, LVT, MBA
October 27-November 25, 2009
Real Time Sessions: Monday evenings, November 2, 9, and 16, 2009; 9:30pm-11:00pm ET (USA)
Veterinary assistants are primary players in the set up, collection, and client interaction regarding many standard diagnostic procedures. Understanding the importance of accurate collection, set up, and maintenance of equipment is essential knowledge for assistants and technicians alike. In addition, interpreting prescriptions and filling them quickly and accurately enhances customer service and the flow of patient care.
Heather Howell, LVT, MBA has taught numerous classes online for VSPN and has developed this series of course to help you better communicate with your peers and co-workers in and outside the office. 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 new veterinary assistants, animal caretakers and new hospital employees in companion animal practices.
Module 3 has three (3) ninety (90) minute online interactive 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.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
TEXTBOOKS: There are no required texts for this course.
The instructor recommends the following texts for this module:
Week 1: Clinical pathology including laboratory diagnostics (blood work, urinalysis, and fecal examinations)
Content: This lecture will cover the basics of clinical pathology diagnostics available including blood work, urinalysis, and fecal examinations. Assisting the technician in collection of laboratory diagnostics, handling specimens, recording information will be covered. We will also go over how to relate basic information to the client regarding sample collection, length of time for testing, and purpose. (This week's lecture will NOT cover specific identification of organisms in depth.)
Week 2: Diagnostic Imaging (radiology, ultrasonography, endoscopy)
Content: This lecture will cover diagnostic imaging options available including radiology, ultrasonography, and endoscopy and how to relate basic information to the client regarding the procedure, length of time for testing, and purpose. We will also cover patient handling issues relating to these procedures.
Week 3: Basic concepts in prescription medication and pharmacology
Content: This lecture discusses the basics regarding types of medications (antibiotics, NSAIDS, steroids, antihistamines, etc.), their indications, side effects and contraindications, pharmacy nomenclature and drug routes. Discussion is focused on how to fill prescriptions, how to read treatment protocols in medical records and how to chart treatments. This session will also cover client communication regarding prescriptions.
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.
CE HOURS: 4.5 CEUs (per VA module)
$90 ($81.00 early bird special if registered before October 13, 2009).
*Enroll in all four VA Modules before August 24, 2009 and receive a 15% discount off the regular course price. This discount is only available through this date.
*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). You must include the following information in the comments section of the CE enrollment form in order to be eligible for this discount: your program director's name and contact information (email/phone) and school name.
** NOTE: Enrollment will be closed when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first real time session.
**The Participant's Resource Center includes all you need to know about online CE with VIN and VSPN: https://www.vin.com/CE/Public/VSPN/ParticipantVspn.htm
Nanette R. Walker Smith, M.Ed., RVT, CVT, LVT
VSPN Content Director & CE Coordinator
1-800-846-0028 or 1-530-297-4950, ext 187
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