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TECH120-1106: VSPN's Review Course for the Veterinary Technician National Exam
Nanette Walker Smith, M.Ed., RVT, CVT, LVT
November 8 - January 24, 2006
Real Time Sessions: Sunday evenings, November 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10, 17, and January 7 and 14 (no class December 24 or 31); 8-9:30pm ET (USA)
This course is designed to help veterinary technician students review the basics of veterinary technology. It is also a very good review for veterinary technicians who wish to revisit the basics.
Week 1 - Medical terminology, office practices, client relations, ethics, animal welfare, law, and occupational hazards.
Week 2 -Anatomy, physiology, pathology, zoonoses, and disease prevention
Week 3 -Mathematical calculations and pharmacology, laboratory animals, laboratory procedures including sampling, parasitology, hematology, and microbiology
Week 4 -Technical aspects of nursing (physical exam, handling, restraint), nutrition, reproduction and genetics
Week 5 -Fluid therapy, surgery (assisting and instrumentation), radiology, ultrasonography, Anesthesia
Week 6 -Emergency/critical care, dentistry, injuries/wound care, bandaging
Week 7 -Nursing care of dogs, cats, horses, food animals, camelids, ratites, cage birds, poultry, small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, aquatic fish, and wild animals
Week 8 - Review. MOCK EXAM, rapid fire multiple choice during the real time session
Upon completion of this course, attendees:
Note: The course area remains open after the scheduled VTNE in January and June for an additional few days to allow participants to return to the course area and submit the course end evaluation. Participants are encouraged to continue reading and posting in the message boards for credit. The last real time session is the Sunday before the VTNE and the final exam is open prior to the VTNE for one last review of multiple choice questions.
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. Due to the amount of material to be covered, it is highly recommended the student comes to class having reviewed the handouts for that week, reviewed the previous week's homework and study guide, utilized the message boards for the course, and is prepared to interact during the real time session.
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: 12 CEUs
$150 for veterinary support staff or students ineligible for discount below.
$75 for currently enrolled AVMA accredited or Canadian accredited Veterinary Technician Program students
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.
** For more information on how online CE works: http://www.vspn.org/CE/VSPN_M02233.htm
Note: "This course has been submitted for approved for 12 hours of continuing education credits for veterinary technicians 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.)
Ginger Sanders (Ginger@vspn.org)
VSPN CE Services
1-800-700-4636 or 530-756-4881 ext 187 or 183
777 West Covell Blvd, Davis, CA 95616
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