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TECH125-0905: Transfusion Medicine

Lindan Spromberg, LVT, BS & Paula Thompson, RVT

September 26 - October 30, 2005
Real Time Sessions: Thursday evenings, September 29, October 6, 13, and 20, 2005; 9:00pm - 10:30pm ET (USA)


This course is designed to help veterinary support staff better understand the different aspects of transfusion medicine. All of the when's, the how's, and the why's will be covered from blood typing and component therapy to how to recognize a transfusion reaction.

All members of the veterinary support staff are encouraged to join; however, the course is focused towards technicians and experienced assistants. This course is designed for these staff members to have a better understanding of the basics of crossmatching, blood typing, collection and storage of blood, component therapy, transfusion reactions and emergencies.

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


Week # 1
Introduction to blood antigens and blood typing
In the first session, the student will get a basic knowledge of blood antigens and blood types. The process of blood typing and the different types of blood in dogs and cats is an important step in transfusion medicine.

Week # 2
Collection and Storage
The week two session will cover basic blood collection of blood from dogs and cats. Storage of whole blood, plasma and packed red blood cells will be covered as well.

Week # 3
Component therapy and administration
What, when, where and why to administer each blood component is critical in properly treating your critical patient. A general knowledge of whole blood, plasma and packed red blood cells will be covered in this session.

Week # 4
Transfusion reactions and emergencies
All four types of reactions will be covered in this session. What their clinical signs are and how to recognize them before they become life threatening emergencies.

Textbook: None

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: 6 (RACE applied for)

$102 ($91.00 early bird special if registered before September 12, 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.

Minimum Requirements for Online CE


  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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