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TECH152-0409: Common Domestic Animal Handling and Restraint for the Veterinary Practice
Shelley Shopsowitz-Durand, RVT
April 29-June 5, 2009
Real Time Sessions: Tuesday evenings, May 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2009; 9:00pm-10:30pm ET (USA)
Proper restraint and handling of pets that come into the veterinary practice is extremely important to the safety of both veterinary staff and the animals that we see. In addition, veterinary staff positions outside the traditional veterinary practice require the knowledge and adaptability to handle a variety of animals. Safety is the number one concern for both the staff member and for the animal; proper handling is essential. We will also cover a variety of handling and restraint techniques for each common domestic species.
This course is designed to give information that will be helpful to both veterinary assistants and veterinary technicians. It is hoped that in both the message boards and real time sessions, participants will be able to share some of their experiences, as well as pick up helpful techniques and information. Ms. Shopsowitz-Durand has taught numerous courses online with VSPN CE and has a multi-species educational background. The course will consist of four (4) 90 minute real time sessions. Each session will address particular species of animals encountered in veterinary practices.
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to
Week 1: Dogs
Content: The first week we will cover handling of dogs including a basic understanding of canine behavior, restraint for various injections and procedures, restraint devices such as muzzles, rabies poles, etc. We will also discuss when chemical restraint is recommended. Safety for the animal being treated or examined and the personnel involved in the procedure. Last we will discuss dealing with the aggressive dog and understanding the fearful dog.
Week 2: Cats
Content: Basic behavior patterns in cats, restraint devices such as towels, muzzles, cat bags, etc. will be covered this week. We will discuss chemical restraint and when and where it is necessary. A variety of positioning techniques will be covered for injections, blood collection, etc. And finally, safety issues to minimize bites and scratches as well as ensure no injury to the patient will complete this week.
Week 3: Pocket pets and rabbits
Content: This week we will cover safe handling of mice, rats, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, ferrets and rabbits. Types of procedures that are commonly performed on these types of animals will be covered for both the veterinary practice and basic non veterinary practice handling. Proper housing of these pets in the veterinary clinic is a concern we will also cover. Basic bird handling and housing will be covered as well.
Week 4: Horses
Content: An understanding of innate behavior in horses is necessary for safe and effective handling. In addition to restraint techniques, proper handling of horses including haltering, leading, catching in the field or stall, etc.
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:
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 CEU's
$120 ($108.00 early bird special if registered before April 15, 2009).
*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: Registration will be closed when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first real time session.
**The Participant's Resource Center includes all you need to know about online CE with VIN and VSPN: https://www.vin.com/CE/Public/VSPN/ParticipantVspn.htm
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).
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