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TECH146-1107: Dermatology for Veterinary Technicians Module 2

Shelley Shopsowitz-Durand, AHT, BA

November 1-December 7, 2007
Real Time Sessions: Tuesday evenings, November 6, 13, 20, and 27; 9:00pm-10:30pm ET (USA)


The itching, odor, appearance and general discomfort seen in animals with skin conditions is a major concern to pet owners. This course is designed to help familiarize veterinary technicians with dermatological conditions commonly seen in veterinary practices. Veterinary technicians are instrumental in collecting samples, performing diagnostic tests, and completing procedures or treatments aiding veterinarians with dermatologic diagnoses and care. Ectoparasite and dermatophyte identification will be examined in detail for dogs and cats, and include a brief section on common large animals, rabbits, and rodents.

Module 2 will continue with what was learned in Module 1 and be presented in four real time interactive sessions of 90 minutes each. This module will further enhance the veterinary technician's familiarity with veterinary dermatology, looking specifically at skin cytology, atopy and adverse food reactions, as well as allergy testing. Client compliance in the management of skin conditions is paramount to the success of treatment; we will specifically look at shampoo treatments as well as management of environmental and food sensitivities. Module 1 is required for complete understanding and seamless learning with Module 2.

Ms. Shopsowitz-Durand has a long standing interest in dermatology having worked for a specialty practice focused on dermatology since 1993. Her extensive background also includes lab animal science, clinical pathology, and emergency medicine, and education.

Upon completion of this course, the technician should be able to

TEXTBOOKS: There are no required texts for this course; however, the instructor recommends the following:
Recommended texts: COURSE OUTLINE:

Week 1: Sample collection
We will begin this module with a review of collection procedures of ear and skin samples for cytology including impression smears, swabs and tape tests. We will also cover identification of organisms and cells seen on microscopic evaluation.

Week 2: Invasive sample collection
Collection of samples for skin biopsy, bacterial culture, and fine needle aspirates as well as blood tests relevant to dermatological conditions will be covered. Examples of skin diseases seen in dogs and cats as well as in large animals will be shown to augment these diagnostic tests.

Week 3: Atopy
What is involved in intradermal testing and allergen specific immunotherapy as well as in vitro allergy testing will be discussed. Food allergy, food trials and provocation trials will be covered. We will also look at the various types of diets available for the patient with an adverse food reaction

Week 4: Shampoos, dips, etc.
Various shampoos, dips, and conditioners used in dermatological conditions will all be discussed as well as treatment protocols. Advice for reducing itchiness in the allergic pet will be considered.

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.


$111 ($100.00 early bird special if registered before October 18, 2007).
* Enroll in both Modules before September 4, 2007 and receive a 15% discount off the regular course price.
* 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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