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TECH158-1110: Nutritional Support for the Canine and Feline Hospitalized Patient

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COURSE OPEN: November 22-December 27, 2010

REAL TIME SESSIONS: Wednesdays, December 1, 8, and 15, 2010; 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: The course is geared toward veterinary technicians, especially those working with critical care patients. Participants should already have a strong grasp of basic nutrition and disease processes that may inhibit appropriate nutrient uptake.
VSPN CE course: open to all VIN members and VSPN members. This course has been submitted for RACE approved for veterinary technicians.

Course Description:
Advancements in veterinary medicine continue to occur; however, sometimes good nutrition is overlooked as to its importance in the well-being of our patients. Nutrition is more than just a source of calories for fuel to run the machine; it is critical for good health and healing. Veterinary technicians can provide essential input to veterinarians in identifying patients in need, formulating and implementing support, and providing extended follow up care with the patients. This course will provide the tools to accomplish good nutritional support for our hospitalized and critical care patients by looking at the individual needs and abilities of each patient.

The course will be presented in three (3) 90 minute real time interactive live sessions and will include online handouts, quizzes, and message board discussion interaction with both the instructor and other course participants. The course is geared toward veterinary technicians, especially those working with critical care patients. Participants should already have a strong grasp of basic nutrition and disease processes that may inhibit appropriate nutrient uptake.

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

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
TEXTBOOK: There is no required text for this course; however, the instructor recommends the following texts.

About the Instructor: Ann Wortinger is a published author and has specialty certification in both Emergency Critical Care and Small Animal Internal Medicine. Her experience in general, emergency and specialty practices, as well as an educator at Wayne State University's Veterinary Technology Program provides solid experience in understanding in house and reference laboratory testing for patients. She is also president-elect for the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians (AVNT), the newest specialty recognized by NAVTA.

Course Outline:

Week 1: Recognizing Who Needs Nutritional Support
Content: Recognizing that a problem exists is the first part of addressing the problem. We'll go through who needs nutritional support, how best to provide it. Included will be a discussion on problems that lead to malnutrition, common adverse effects of nutritional support

Week 2: Getting the Food in the Patient and Avoiding Complications
Content: Nutrition doesn't do you any good if the patient either doesn't eat the food or isn't receiving adequate amounts of food. , Guidelines for initiation of nutritional support and calculation of caloric requirements will be given, we'll also discuss tube feeding options and common complications that can occur.

Week 3: Feeding Orders and Insuring Successful Diet Changes
Content: Writing feeding orders in the hospital will be covered. As well as some diet options and suggestions for specific disease processes. Ultimately, we may want or need to transition the patient to another diet, how are we going to do this and when?


TUITION: $90 ($81 early bird special if enrolled by November 8, 2010).
*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.

** To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a weekend, course will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

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

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  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from and addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
  4. For further assistance call 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email (VIN CE) or (VSPN CE) Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
Note: This course has been approved for 4.5 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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