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TECH120-1210: Practical Review for Veterinary Technicians: W2010-11 VTNE Preparation Class

Nanette Walker Smith, MEd, RVT, CVT, LVT
Darci Palmer, BS, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia)
Barb Burri, MEd, MBA, CVT, LVT
Shelley Shopsowitz, RVT, BA
Mark Sharpless, RVT, CMAR, RLATG, CPIA
Mary Mould, RVT, AS

COURSE OPEN: December 30, 2010-March 9, 2011 (Note: Class message boards will remain open for interaction with the instructors through the VTNE testing window ending March 31, 2011).

REAL TIME SESSIONS: Sundays, January 9, 16, 23, 30 and Feb 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2011; 8:00pm-9:30pm ET (USA)
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Practice Sessions: In order to prepare you for a successful experience in your CE course, we request you attend a practice session prior to the first RTS. Times and dates will be listed in your course confirmation email. Expect to spend up to 1 hour at one of the 2-4 practice sessions held prior to the first RTS.

Level and Prerequisites: This course is designed to help veterinary technician students review the basics of veterinary technology in an overview format and topics students should know upon graduation from an AVMA/Canadian accredited veterinary technology program. It is not designed to provide in-depth knowledge on each subject as it is assumed the student has that knowledge and is reviewing information in preparation for sitting for the VTNE.
VSPN CE course: This course has been RACE for approved for veterinary technicians.
Note: This class does not guarantee passage of the exam; we will approach as many topics as possible in an effort to help the student identify levels of competency as an aid to focus study efforts. In depth and advanced topics will NOT be covered.

Course Description:
Designed to provide an overview and review of what veterinary technology students are required to know as essential skills, tasks, and knowledge base upon graduation from an AVMA or CVMA approved veterinary technology program, this course will endeavor to review as much as possible in the two months preceding the VTNE testing window.

Upon completion of this class, students

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
HIGHLY Recommended:

About the Instructor: Please click on the instructor names above to view their bio pages.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session January 9): 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 (Real Time Session January 16): Clinical Pathology
Lecturer: Mary Mould, RVT, AS
Real Time Session: Laboratory procedures including sampling, parasitology, hematology, and microbiology

Week 3 (Real Time Session January 23): Mathematical Calculations and Pharmacology
Lecturer: Barb Burri, MEd, MBA, CVT, LVT
Real Time Session: Review of mathematical calculations and pharmacology

Week 4 (Real Time Session January 30): 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, AS
Real Time Session: Review of physical exam, handling, restraint, and basic nursing of all common and some less common species.

Week 5 (Real Time Session February 6): Fluid Therapy, Anesthesia, Pain Management
Lecturer: Darci Palmer, BS, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia)
Real Time Session: Anesthesia

Week 6 (Real Time Session February 13): Emergency/Critical Care, Surgery (assisting and instrumentation), Radiology, Diagnostic Imaging, Injuries/Wound Care, Bandaging, and Dentistry with emphasis on equine and food animals
Lecturer: Barb Burri, MEd, MBA, CVT, LVT
Real Time Session: Emergency/critical care, surgery (assisting and instrumentation), radiology, diagnostic imaging.

Week 7 (Real Time Session February 20): Large Animal Medicine and Nursing with emphasis on equine and food animals
Lecturer: Shelley Shopsowitz, RVT, BA
Real Time Session: Review of all large and food animal topics

Week 8 (Real Time Session February 27): Medical Terminology, Office Practices, Client Relations, Ethics, Animal Welfare, Law, and Occupational Hazards
Lecturer: Mary Mould, RVT, AS
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.


Tuition: $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.

** NOTE: To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when the maximum number of participants is reached on or by December 30, 2010.

**For more on how online CE works see the VSPN Participant's Resource Center

Note: "This course has been approved for 12 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. (Refund policy 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 withdraw retroactively.
Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).
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Nanette R. Walker Smith, M.Ed., RVT, CVT, LVT
VSPN Content Director & VSPN CE Director

VSPN CE Services:
1-800-846-0028 or 1-530-756-4881 or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01452226154
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Chris Upchurch (; ext 197
Darci Palmer (; ext 179
Debbie Bess (; ext 178
Mary Mould (; ext 159
Nanette Walker Smith (; ext 187


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