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TECH117-0805: Basic Ventilation: An Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation

Heather Deering-McPherson, CVT

August 8 - September 4, 2005
Real Time Sessions: Thursday evenings, August 11, 18, and 25; 9:00-10:30pm ET (USA)


This course is designed to give veterinary technicians a basic understanding of why we would use a ventilator in a veterinary hospital and basics on how they function. The course will also include an overview of ventilation/oxygenation, ventilator terminology, and an overview of the weaning process.

The course will have message boards to further discuss the course materials, weekly homework assignments, reading materials for reference, and a slideshow of some ventilators with corresponding information during the real time sessions and will be posted in the library.

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand the need for a ventilator in a veterinary hospital
  2. Understand how a mechanical ventilator aids in the function of ventilation and oxygenation
  3. Determine when ventilators are most useful
  4. Define ventilator acronyms
  5. Understand the process of weaning a patient off a mechanical ventilator

Week One
Content: This week we will discuss ventilation vs. oxygenation, why a ventilator is useful in a veterinary hospital, a brief history, and classification of ventilators.

Week Two
Content: During this session we will cover the modes of operation for ventilators and in what situations they are used, and have a slide show on a few different ventilators available for veterinary use.

Week Three
Content: During this last session, we will discuss the weaning process off mechanical ventilation and an example of cleaning one ventilator model.

There is no required text for this course. Course materials will be in the form of handouts and slideshows/webtours. There will also be a list of sources where the materials were retrieved to help create this course.

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 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 CE credits (RACE approved)

$77 ($69.00 early bird special if registered before July 25, 2005). 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) *VT students: 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 directors name and contact information (email/phone) and school name.

** NOTE: Registration will be closed when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first real time session.


  1. Each person must individually be a registered member of VSPN ( Membership in VSPN is free.
  2. Each person must be able to receive emails from and addresses. This is our major form of communication with participants. It is highly recommended that course participants use their own, personal emails rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. VIN Member veterinarians SHOULD NOT register for their staff. Please have the staff member register through VSPN. Please email if you have questions.
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Note: "This course has been approved for 4.5 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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