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TECH120-1109: Practical Review for Veterinary Technicians: F2009 VTNE Preparation Class

Nanette Walker Smith, M.Ed., RVT, CVT, LVT; Darci Palmer, RVT, VTS (Anes); Barb Burri, MBA, CVT, LVT; Shelley Shopsowitz, RVT, BA; Mark Sharpless, RVT, CMAR, RLATG, CPIA; Mary Mould, RVT

November 2, 2009-January 20, 2010
Real Time Sessions: Sunday evenings, November 8, 15, 22, December 6, 13, 20, 2009, and January 3 and 10, 2010 (no class November 29 and December 27, 2009); 8:00pm-9:30pm ET (USA)


This course is designed to help veterinary technician students review the basics of veterinary technology. It is also a broad overview for veterinary technicians who wish to revisit the basics.

Upon completion of this class, students TEXTBOOKS: There are no required texts for this course. Students and graduates of AVMA/Canadian accredited veterinary technology programs should have the majority of or a similar set of the references and resources listed for this course. Below is our list of highly recommended texts for adjunctive information. A more complete list is available to participants once the course opens.
The VIN Store ( requires your VIN/VSPN secure information to purchase any of the recommended texts:

HIGHLY Recommended: Remember to LOGIN to the VIN Store if you want to purchase

Course Outline:

Week 1: Anatomy, physiology, pathology, zoonoses, and disease prevention
Lecturer: Nanette Walker Smith, MEd, RVT, CVT, LVT
Real time session: Review of anatomy, physiology, pathology, zoonoses, and disease prevention

Week 2: Clinical Pathology
Lecturer: Mary Mould, RVT
Real time session: Laboratory procedures including sampling, parasitology, hematology, and microbiology

Week 3: Mathematical calculations and pharmacology
Lecturer: Barb Burri, MBA, CVT, LVT
Real time session: Review of mathematical calculations and pharmacology

Week 4: Nursing of all common species (physical exam, handling, restraint, and basic nursing), nutrition, reproduction and genetics. This will include a brief overview of other species including ratites, caged birds, poultry, small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and wild animals.
Lecturer: Mary Mould, RVT
Real time session: Review of physical exam, handling, restraint, and basic nursing of all common and some less common species.

Week 5: Fluid therapy, anesthesia
Lecturer: Darci Palmer, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia)
Real Time Session: Anesthesia

Week 6: Emergency/critical care, surgery (assisting and instrumentation), radiology, diagnostic imaging, injuries/wound care, bandaging, dentistry
Lecturer: Barb Burri, MBA, CVT, LVT
Real Time Session: Emergency/critical care, surgery (assisting and instrumentation), radiology, diagnostic imaging.

Week 7: Large animal medicine and nursing with emphasis on equine and food animals
Lecturer: Shelley Shopsowitz, RVT
Real time session: Review of all large and food animal topics

Week 8: Medical terminology, office practices, client relations, ethics, animal welfare, law, and occupational hazards
Lecturer: Mary Mould, RVT
Real time session: In this last week we will focus on a final review of medical terms, office and safety regulations and any last questions before the VTNE.

Note: This class does not guarantee passage of the exam, but is designed to aid in studying for the exam by reviewing information that a VT student should know upon graduation from an AVMA/Canadian accredited veterinary technology program. We will approach as many topics as possible in an effort to help the student identify levels of competency and to know better where to focus study efforts. In depth and advanced topics will NOT be covered.

Note: The course area remains open after the scheduled VTNE in January 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 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.


$210 ($105 for enrolled VT program students or those who have graduated within 6 months of the course start date, see below).
* 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.


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Note: "This course has been approved for continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB 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 VSPN CE at 1-800-700-4636 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, M.Ed., RVT, CVT, LVT
VSPN Content Director & CE Coordinator

VSPN CE Services:
1-800-846-0028 or 1-530-756-4881
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Chris Upchurch (; ext 197
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