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TECH192-0111: Canine and Feline Patient Monitoring

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INSTRUCTOR(S): Katy W. Waddell, RVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia) and Paula Plummer, RVT

COURSE OPEN: January 31-March 10, 2011

REAL TIME SESSIONS: Mondays, February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011; 9:30pm-11:00pm 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: This course is designed for all members of veterinary support team and will focus on providing information to ensure appropriate patient safety. There are no prerequisites and all members of the veterinary support team will be welcome to join the course and its discussions. VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians.

Course Description:
This course is designed to enable the veterinary support staff to enhance patient care by distinguishing and demonstrating better methods to understanding the values provided by hands on and multiparameter monitoring techniques. Established values for the canine and feline patient will be discussed as well as key points that will alert the nursing staff to trends deviating from normal. Patient monitoring recommendations provided by AAHA and ACVA will be provided to the student as well as the means and methods to comply with these current recommendations. The enrollee will be presented with established normal parameters for both the canine and feline patient at varying life stages.

The course consists of four (4) 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

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

About the Instructors: Katy W. Waddell has been in the veterinary field for 38 years in small animal, mixed animal, specialty referral practices, 24/7 facilities as well as in academia and as an author. Katy currently works with the Cardiology service at Texas A & M University as the primary nurse anesthetist and staff liaison for multiple student organizations providing wet labs. Paula Plummer has been in the veterinary field for over 10 years in academia for and small animal private practice. Paula currently works at Texas A & M University Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in the Small Animal Intensive Care Unit and is the Swing Shift Supervisor.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session February 7): AAHA and ACVA Recommendations
Content: We will begin this course with a presentation of recommendations of the American Animal Hospital Association for patient monitoring as well as the recommendations for the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists. This session will include a discussion of each recommendation put forth by both agencies.

Week 2 (Real Time Session February 14): How and Why We Monitor
Content: In the second week we will cover the mechanics of how vital signs are obtained and measured by mechanical monitors. Providing the means to correctly identify and interpret the information provided by monitors as well as the overall patient status will be discussed. Last we will discuss and exemplify the importance of recognizing vital sign trends as potential precursors to the animal's well-being and health.

Week 3 (Real Time Session February 21): Canine Patient Monitoring
Content: Week 3 will cover canines and include an introduction to the normal physiological parameters of these patients. We will cover life stages from neonates to geriatric patients and incorporate methods of hands on and visual monitoring.

Week 4 (Real Time Session February 28): Feline Patient Monitoring
Content: Week 4 will cover felines and include an introduction to the normal physiological parameters of these patients. We will cover life stages from neonates to geriatric patients and incorporate methods of hands on and visual monitoring.


Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by January 17, 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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  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.
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Note: "This course has been submitted for approval for 6 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 1-800-700-4636 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: Withdrawal prior to the listed start date of a course entitles the registrant to a complete refund or a credit toward a future VIN CE course, whichever is preferred. Withdrawal within 1 week after the listed start date (i.e. including no more than one real-time session) entitles the registrant to a credit toward any future VIN CE course. (Refund policy does not apply to courses with only one real-time session.) After the first real-time session, a registrant may withdraw due to special circumstances and receive prorated credit towards a future VIN course. These requests will be handled on an individual basis. The amount of the prorated credit will be determined based on 65% of the time remaining in the course at the time of withdrawal. It is not possible to withdraw retroactively.
Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).
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