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TECH190-0111: Small Mammal Handling and Restraint
INSTRUCTOR(S): Shelley Shopsowitz, RVT, BA
COURSE OPEN: January 4-February 4, 2011
REAL TIME SESSIONS: Tuesdays, January 11, 18, and 25, 2010; 9:00pm-10:30pm 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: All members of the veterinary support staff may join the course and its discussions; however, this course is focused toward veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants and ancillary staff working in small animal facilities.
VSPN CE course: open to all VIN members and VSPN members. This course has been submitted to RACE for approval for veterinary technicians.
Proper restraint and handling of pets that come into the veterinary practice is extremely important to the safety of both veterinary staff and the animals that we see. In addition, veterinary staff positions outside the traditional veterinary practice require the knowledge and adaptability to handle a variety of animals. Safety is the number one concern for both the staff member and for the animal; proper handling is essential. We will also cover a variety of handling and restraint techniques for each common domestic species.
This course is designed to give information that will be helpful to both veterinary assistants and veterinary technicians. It is hoped that in both the message boards and real time sessions, participants will be able to share some of their experiences, as well as pick up helpful techniques and information. Ms. Shopsowitz has taught numerous courses online with VSPN CE and has a multi-species educational background. The course will consist of four (4) 90 minute Real Time Sessions. Each session will address particular species of animals encountered in veterinary practices.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
About the Instructor: Ms. Shopsowitz has taught numerous courses online with VSPN CE and has a multi-species educational background.
Week 1 (Real Time Session January 11): Dogs
Content: The first week we will cover handling of dogs including a basic understanding of canine behavior, restraint for various injections and procedures, restraint devices such as muzzles, rabies poles, etc. We will also discuss when chemical restraint is recommended. Safety for the animal being treated or examined and the personnel involved in the procedure. Last we will discuss dealing with the aggressive dog and understanding the fearful dog.
Week 2 (Real Time Session January 18): Cats
Content: Basic behavior patterns in cats, restraint devices such as towels, muzzles, cat bags, etc. will be covered this week. We will discuss chemical restraint and when and where it is necessary. A variety of positioning techniques will be covered for injections, blood collection, etc. And finally, safety issues to minimize bites and scratches as well as ensure no injury to the patient will complete this week.
Week 3 (Real Time Session January 25): Pocket Pets and Rabbits
Content: This week we will cover safe handling of mice, rats, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, ferrets and rabbits. Types of procedures that are commonly performed on these types of animals will be covered for both the veterinary practice and basic non veterinary practice handling. Proper housing of these pets in the veterinary clinic is a concern we will also cover. Basic bird handling and housing will be covered as well.
CE HOURS: 4.5
Tuition: $90 ($81 early bird special if enrolled by December 16, 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
VSPN Content Director & VSPN CE Director
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