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STAF121-0808 : Veterinary Medical Terminology
Barb Burri, MBA, CVT, LVT
August 6-September 12, 2008
Real Time Sessions: Tuesday evenings August 12, 19, 26, and September 2; 9:30pm-10:30pm ET (USA) ** Note: sessions are 1 hour in length.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Medical Terminology is an important part of daily activities in any veterinary practice. Correct use of terminology in the veterinary workplace enhances client education and practice-wide communication. This course will introduce the concept of breaking down medical terms into their component root words, prefixes and suffixes for ease of understanding. Terminology by body system will be introduced, and the participant will be able to "decode" medical terms, as well as demonstrate the correct medical terms for many signs and symptoms. Medical terms for the body parts, as well as pathologies, diagnostics and treatments will be covered for each body system.
The course will consist of four (4) real time interactive sessions of sixty (60) minutes each covering the basics of root words, prefixes and suffixes, and terminology organized by body system; homework will reinforce the handouts and real time sessions; each week a quiz will be available online to test the participants' comprehension of each session; and there will be an online final exam.
All members of the veterinary support staff may join the course and its discussions; this course is focused towards front desk/client service staff, veterinary assistants, and veterinary technician students.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
TEXTBOOKS: There are no required texts for this course; however, the instructor has supplied a list of suggested references below:
Week 1: The basics of veterinary medical terminology
Content: The basics of veterinary medical terminology including decodable terms, the basic rules for combining terminology, non-decodable terms, acronyms, eponyms, symbols and abbreviations, signs and symptoms. We will also specifically cover terms for body planes and directional terms, including those used in radiologic positioning and body structures, cells, tissues, and cavities.
Week 2: The musculoskeletal and circulatory systems
Content: Musculoskeletal system including the anatomical terms for bones, names of major bones in the skeleton, terminology of muscles and major muscle groups. Blood, lymph and circulatory terms will be covered including associated terms for pathology, conditions, and treatments.
Week 3: The nervous, respiratory, urinary, and digestive systems
Content: This week's terms will cover the nervous, respiratory, urinary and digestive systems, including anatomical and medical terms relating to treatment and pathology within these body systems.
Week 4: The endocrine, integumentary, and reproductive systems
Content: In this last session we will cover the endocrine, integumentary, and reproductive systems, including terminology for parturition and neonates in various species and terminology of diseases, treatments, and pathology associated with each system.
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
$78 ($70 early bird special if registered before July 23, 2008).
*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.
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
777 West Covell Blvd, Davis, CA 95616
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