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TECH149-0707: Advanced Canine Reproduction Module 2

Joni Freshman, DVM, MS, DACVIM

July 23 - August 26, 2007
Real Time Sessions: Thursday evenings; July 26, August 2, 9 and 16; 9:30pm-11pm ET (USA)


Clinical reproduction is uniquely suited to make excellent use of the veterinary technician's skills and abilities. This course is designed to provide the veterinary technician with in-depth, useable knowledge on causes, diagnosis, and treatment of dystocia in the bitch, preparation for caesarean section, modern concepts in neonatal resuscitation, care of the bitch during lactation, routine and critical care for the canine neonate, and basic physiology and skills for preparing and utilizing chilled and frozen canine semen.

This advanced course is for veterinary technicians who have taken the introductory course and/or have mastered the topics discussed therein. Module 1 is a required prerequisite to taking Module 2. This course can be used as a refresher in canine reproduction for veterinarians; RACE approval is being sought for both veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

This course will consist of four (4), ninety (90) minute real-time sessions, detailed presentations with slides when appropriate, and library materials provided on all topics. There will be multiple choice homework quizzes designed to enhance course effectiveness and material retention as well as interactive message board discussions.

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

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

Week 1: Dystocia and Neonatal Resuscitation
Content: In this section we will cover the causes of dystocia in the bitch, how dystocia is diagnosed and treated, and the most current methods for successful neonatal resuscitation. Immediate postpartum care of the bitch and puppies is also covered.

Week 2: Care of the Lactating Bitch
Content: This section of the course will delve into appropriate nutritional constituents, how to evaluate mothering and milk production, how to enhance same, and monitoring for postpartum problems such as postpartum metritis, mastitis, and eclampsia.

Week 3: Neonatal Care--Routine and Critical
Content: This section will cover routine care and monitoring of canine neonates, as well as evaluation, nursing, and intensive care of the ill neonate. This will include tube feeding, feeding and weight gain schedules, medication, access for fluid and blood administration, oxygen administration and special considerations for anesthesia.

Week 4: The Preparation and Use of Chilled and Frozen Canine Semen
Content: In this section we will learn the science and technique behind chilling and freezing canine semen, as well as what quality is acceptable, the importance of performing a chill test, shipping, and warming to use for insemination. Sources for chilled semen buffer will be provided. Options for freezing systems (straws, pellets) will be discussed. Why is canine semen so much more difficult to freeze than bovine?-find out here. How to deal with frozen semen in your practice-find out here!

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 July 9, 2007).
* Enroll in both Modules before May 21, 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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