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VSPN CE Course TECH177-0215: Fundamentals of Small Animal Anesthesia Module 1
Audio and Text: In some of the course Real Time Sessions the lecture will be predominantly audio
while in others the lecture will be predominantly text.

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Instructor(s): Darci Palmer, BS, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia), Brenda Feller, CVT, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia) and Lee Palmer, DVM, MS, DACVECC
Course Open: February 26, 2015-April 5, 2015
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2015; 9:00pm-11:00pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter

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 Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session is up to 1 hour in length. For more information, please visit the CE Practice Area.

*The instructors for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen. If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend one of the Practice Sessions.

Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course is focused towards the veterinary technician who routinely deals with anesthesia case management. Veterinarians are highly encouraged to enroll with their veterinary technicians to work as a team in anesthesia. Module 1 is a prerequisite for Module 2 to help ensure a complete understanding of the basic principles of anesthesia before learning how to develop an anesthesia protocol. These modules are approved CE for those applicants applying for their VTS (Anesthesia).
VSPN CE Course: This course is RACE approved for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. (RACE program #22-12449) The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

Course Description:
This is module 1 of a 2 module series designed to provide the foundation principles of canine and feline anesthesia. The series will present a systematic approach to anesthesia case management starting with the basic essentials in module 1 and ending with anesthetic complications in module 2. Anesthesia cases performed in general, specialty/referral practice, and at a veterinary teaching hospital will be used to help demonstrate concepts that are taught each week. Module 1 will focus on becoming familiar with the anesthesia machine parts and their functions; the importance of airway management; common monitoring modalities and how to interpret the values; and pre-operative considerations for the patient. Module 1 will not discuss individual drugs or drug protocols as that will take place in Module 2. At the end of the series the participant should feel comfortable with the equipment and monitoring devices used during anesthesia and will be prepared to collaborate with their veterinarian on the development of an anesthesia protocol that is tailored to meet the specific needs of the patient.

This course consists of four (4) Real Time Sessions of one hundred and twenty (120) minutes each, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, a mandatory end-of-course test, and may include online multiple choice quizzes (after each Real Time Session). Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

*The lecture portion of this course will combine both text and audio presentation, please be prepared to listen.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to discuss and interpret

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.

Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Instructors: Darci Palmer has worked exclusively in veterinary anesthesia for 13 years. For the past 4 years she worked in the Small Animal Anesthesia Department at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. She lectures at the national and local level and provides anesthesia consulting for private practices. Brenda Feller developed an interest in anesthesia as a student at Michigan State University. After graduation she worked in a general practice for a few years before moving on to the Anesthesia Department at the University of Illinois Veterinary College. In specialty practice her main focus has been anesthesia and pain management. She is also a featured speaker on the topic of anesthesia at a variety of veterinary conferences in the United States and Canada. Lee Palmer is a Clinical Associate Professor of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care at Oregon State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Both Brenda and Darci are VSPN message board moderators for the anesthesia and pain management folders. Lee is a VIN consultant.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session March 5): Anesthesia Machine and Ventilators
Content: In the initial week we will concentrate on the parts of the anesthesia machine including an in depth discussion about function and proper use, selecting the appropriate breathing system, and setting up and pressure checking the machine. We will also cover the parts and function of a ventilator as well as specific terminology associated with ventilators and ventilation.

Week 2 (Real Time Session March 12): Airway Management
Content: We will cover in depth discussion on the types, parts and function of endotracheal tubes; advantages of utilizing an endotracheal tube; selecting the proper endotracheal tube; steps for intubation and proper cuff inflation; proper extubation techniques; alternative techniques for intubation; complications from intubation and extubation; and cleaning and storage of endotracheal tubes.

Week 3 (Real Time Session March 19): Monitoring and the Anesthesia Record
Content: Maintaining an anesthesia record and understanding the monitored parameters are essential for proper management of the anesthetized patient. We will discuss types of monitoring equipment available to assess the central nervous system, cardiovascular and respiratory systems as well as additional parameters and how to interpret what the numbers are saying. Finally, the limitations of monitoring equipment and the assessment of post-operative pain will be covered.

Week 4 (Real Time Session March 26): Pre-operative Period
Content: In this last week we will take an in depth look at what information should be gathered about the patient in order to formulate an anesthesia drug protocol and how to determine ASA status. Pre-operative considerations such as fluid therapy, IV catheterization, and fasting will be discussed. Case based discussions will help the participant focus on the importance of pre-operative planning. Intra-operative considerations and patient specific considerations that relate to specific breeds or age of the patient will complete this week.

CE Credits: 8

Tuition: $160 ($144 early bird special if enrolled by February 12, 2015)
*Enroll in both modules by March 5, 2015 and receive a 15% discount off the original 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).
*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close at 5 pm ET March, 5, 2015, or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant 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 800-846-0028 ext. 792 or email Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is approved for 8 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 800-846-0028 ext. 792 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: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VSPN office 800-846-0028 ext. 792 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VSPN office at 800-846-0028 ext. 792.

*For more information on VSPN's upcoming CE courses, check the VSPN Course Catalog.

The CE team:

Charlotte Waack, RVT, CVT
VSPN Director/VSPN CE Interim Director

VSPN CE Services:
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 792
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