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TECH181-0410 : Building an Animal Blood Bank: Creation and Maintenance

David Liss, BA, RVT, Paula Plummer, RVT & Lindan Spromberg, LVT, BS, VTS (ECC)

April 29-June 5, 2010
Real Time Sessions: Wednesday evenings, May 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2010; 10:00pm-11:30pm ET (USA)

This course will be designed for veterinary professionals who are currently running, or are investigating starting, in-house and community blood banks. This may include veterinarians, veterinary technicians, or managerial staff who would be in charge of monitoring the blood bank. This course will be taught from the ACVIM standards with regards to donor selection and testing. All members of the veterinary support team are encouraged to enroll, however, this course will be focused towards those with the intent of setting up a blood bank, and the resources needed to do so. The course will provide participants with guidelines for donor selection, proper testing, proper blood component collection, component preparation, and finally compensation and administration of a blood bank. This course is being submitted to RACE for veterinarians in addition to veterinary technicians.

This course will have four (4) real time sessions of 90 minutes each including library handouts, resource lists, online quizzes and/or a final exam, and interactive message boards to augment the library materials. Lindan Spromberg has taught numerous courses online and has spoken at conferences worldwide. Her experience in emergency and critical care medicine enabled her to set up and run a transfusion protocol in her hospital. David Liss is a supervising ICU veterinary technician who set up an in-house donor program following the ACVIM consensus on blood banks. He is a regular presenter on VSPN and is pursuing his VTS in Emergency and Critical Care.

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

TEXTBOOK: There is no required text for this course. A list of recommended resources and texts will be available in the course library.


Week 1: ACVIM Consensus statement, Donor selection, Donor testing
Lecturer: David Liss, BA, RVT
Content: In the first session the student will receive an outline of the ACVIM consensus statement. They will learn about the recommendations for donor selection and testing. Students will also be introduced to the differences between an in-house program and a community program

Week 2: Blood Collection
Lecturer: David Liss, BA, RVT
Content: In the second session the student will learn about how to properly collect blood for donation from dogs and cats. Proper equipment needed, and technique, will be discussed.

Week 3: Component separation
Lecturer: David Liss, BA, RVT
Content: In the third session, the student will learn about the various components of a transfusion. They will also learn how to prepare the blood collected into various components for therapy. Equipment needed will also be discussed.

Week 4: Banking Programs
Lecturer: David Liss, BA, RVT
Content: In the fourth week, the student will learn about the different types of blood banking programs. In-house and community programs will be discussed. The student will be able to understand consent forms, "on-call" status, and compensation.

LIBRARY MATERIALS: 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.


$120 ($108 early bird special if registered before April 15, 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.

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