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TECH174-0211: Blood Chemistry in the Canine and Feline
INSTRUCTOR(S): Ann Wortinger, BIS, LVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM)
COURSE OPEN: February 23-March 26, 2011
REAL TIME SESSIONS: Wednesdays, March 2, 9, and 16, 2011; 8:30pm-10:00pm 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: All members of the veterinary support staff may join the course and its discussions; however, this course is focused toward those veterinary personnel who are familiar with laboratory testing and equipment. This course will not cover how to use specific pieces of equipment, but rather help staff identify how to improve sample collection and tests available, and testing procedures to result in more reliable results. VSPN CE Course
Many of us run blood tests and chemistry profiles daily. Do you really understand what each of these tests indicate and what they mean? This class will go through the most common chemistry tests and explain what each one indicates, how they correlate with other tests, and what they really mean. We will also cover some of the more common tests done in-house for viruses and parasites. Comment tests sent out to reference labs will be reviewed as well to complete the course.
The course consists of three (3) real time interactive sessions of ninety minutes (90) each covering library course materials, discussion of situations and cases, interactive message boards to discuss the Real Time Sessions, and multiple choice online quizzes as well as a mandatory end-of-course exam. Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of course-exam is required to be considered for the certificate of completion.
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 Program Chair for Sanford-Brown'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 (Real Time Session March 2): Introduction to In-house Chemistry Testing and Chemistry Machines
Content: In this week we will cover common problems associated with in-house testing such as hemolysis, icterus and lipemia, as well as common non-enzymatic tests done. We will go through what the tests indicate and how they interrelate with other tests, as well as the limitations of some of the tests.
Week 2 (Real Time Session March 9): Enzyme and Electrolyte Tests
Content: This week we will discuss enzymatic tests and how they differ from the non-enzymatic tests. We will briefly discuss the causes for enzyme changes in the dog and cat including the organ(s) that produce them and their interrelation to each other. Electrolytes will be discussed regarding their function, charge, and how they differ from enzymes and by-products. Tests commonly sent out to reference labs will be covered including sample preparations and parameters for running the test; bile acids, cortisol, toxicology, and specific drug testing will be included.
Week 3 (Real Time Session March 16): In-house Virus and Parasite Testing, and Reference Laboratory Tests
Content: During our last week we will look at some of the in-house tests as well as those commonly sent out to a reference laboratory such as for bacteria, viruses and parasites. Sample collection and preparation, and the goal of the test will be discussed.
CE HOURS: 4.5
Tuition: $90 ($81 early bird special if enrolled by February 9, 2011).
*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.
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