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TECH116-0504: How to Organize a Blood Donor Program

Paula Thompson, RVT

May 1 - 22, 2004
Real Time Sessions: Tuesday evenings 5/4 and 5/11; 9:30pm - 11:00pm ET (USA)


Goal of the course: This course is designed to help veterinary support staff organize and start a blood donor program in your clinic. All members of the veterinary support staff are encouraged to join the course; however, this course is focused toward veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:


WEEK 1 - How to pick the proper blood donor and get them into your program.
Content: This session will cover how to screen patients for a blood donor program, both canine and feline. Age restrictions, weight limits and other limitations concerning the patients or clients will be discussed. Once patients have been chosen for your program a basic understanding will be discussed on the lab work that needs to be completed. Explanations of why certain diseases should always be screened, and why other diseases should be screened for depending on your location.

WEEK 2 - Deciding how big your program should be and the supplies you will need.
Content: This session will cover a basic knowledge of how big or little your program should be and how to make your clinic money with the program. Supplies you will need and expenses you will encounter during management of a blood donor program will also be discussed.

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 regarding the topic presented will begin on the day the course begins and continue for one week following the last real time session. These discussions will be held in the VSPN CE course area.


$48 ($43.00 early bird special if registered before April 16, 2004). Full time students of AVMA and Canadian accredited VT Programs are eligible for a discount of $24 (upon verification of student status)


*VT students, please include your program directors name, school, and school phone number in the comments section of the CE registration form. Your registration will be delayed if this information is not included.
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Note: "This course has been submitted for approval for 3 hours of continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's 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/VSPN 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: Withdrawal prior to the listed start date of a course entitles the registrant to a complete refund or a credit toward a future VIN CE course, whichever is preferred. Withdrawal within 1 week after the listed start date (i.e. including no more than one real-time session) entitles the registrant to a credit toward any future VIN CE course. (Does not apply to courses with only one real-time session.) After the first real-time session, a registrant may withdraw due to special circumstances and receive prorated credit towards a future VIN course. These requests will be handled on an individual basis. The amount of the prorated credit will be determined based on 65% of the time remaining in the course at the time of withdrawal. It is not possible to withdrawal retroactively. Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 1-800-700-INFO.
Nanette R. Walker Smith, RVT, CVT
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