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TECH158-1110: Nutritional Support for the Canine and Feline Hospitalized Patient
INSTRUCTOR(S): Ann Wortinger, BIS, LVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM)
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.
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
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.
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?
CE CREDITS: 4.5
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
Nanette R. Walker Smith, M.Ed., RVT, CVT, LVT
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