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TECH194-0311: Severe Thoracic Trauma in the Canine and Feline

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COURSE OPEN: March 25-April 26, 2011

REAL TIME SESSIONS: Saturdays, April 2, 9, and 16, 2011; 7:00pm-9:00pm 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 advanced course will be open to credentialed veterinary technicians, very experienced assistants and their veterinarians as a team approach to the care and treatment of emergency thoracic trauma in canine and feline patients. VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

Course Description:
This course will focus on canine and feline patients who have experienced thoracic trauma. Blunt and penetrating trauma forms will be discussed. Triage, initial stabilization, analgesia, therapeutic interventions, surgical interventions, and nursing care will be the main focus. Examples of thoracic trauma include hit-by-car blunt force trauma, pneumo/hemothorax, flail chest, bite wounds, and foreign body penetrations (sticks, etc). The course will be team taught with Dr. Day addressing veterinarian-specific information, and Mr. Liss covering nursing care, assessment, and pathophysiology. Both will give input on procedures as technicians are essential in the setup and assistance of most procedures and the veterinarian must be proficient in the procedure. This course will not focus on details or definitions, but will cover a large amount of material in a short time period.

The advanced level course consists of three (3) Real Time Sessions of two (2) hours each covering library course materials, discussion of situations and cases, interactive message boards to discuss the Real Time Sessions, 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: Dr. Thomas Day is a criticalist and anesthesiologist currently in private practice. Dr. Day has served the veterinary emergency/critical care community for many years as an effective educator. He has published several book chapters and regularly speaks at national and international veterinary conferences. Mr. David Liss has been a veterinary technician for over 10 years working a majority of that time in emergency/critical care settings. He recently became a veterinary technician specialist in ECC, has published several articles and written several book chapters on ECC topics. He loves teaching and educating and speaks at a wide variety of conferences nationwide as well as teaches online CE classes on VSPN.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session April 2): Triage, Initial Interventions, and Analgesia
Content: This week will focus on being prepared for a thoracic trauma emergency and what to do when it arrives. Triage, initial interventions and stabilizations, as well as a discussion on analgesia will be the main focus. Shock and fluid therapy will also be discussed.

Week 2 (Real Time Session April 9): Pathophysiology, Procedures, Anesthesia and Surgery
Content: In this week we will discuss the various types of thoracic trauma (thoracic wall, pulmonary tissues, or great vessels/heart). Procedures such as pleurocentesis, oxygen therapy, and thoracostomy tube placement will be discussed in detail. Indications for thoracic surgery and anesthesia will be discussed.

Week 3 (Real Time Session April 16): Case Studies: Canine and Feline
Content: In this week we will discuss case based scenarios utilizing all of the knowledge gained from the previous weeks. Since cats and dogs often present differently we will cover cases descriptive to each species. There will be several cases discussed describing various variants of the two general cases so that participants feel comfortable with treating several types of thoracic trauma cases.


Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by March 11, 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.
  4. For further assistance call 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email (VIN CE) or (VSPN CE) Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
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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