VIN VSPN CE Portal Participant Resources Practice Area Course Archives Course Catalogs Suggestion Box
Back Print Save Bookmark in my Browser


VSPN CE Course TECH207-0215: Canine and Feline Vaccination
Audio only: The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly audio format.
Please come prepared to listen.


Instructor: Tom Hansen, DVM
Course Open: February 3, 2015-February 27, 2015
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays. February 10 and 17, 2015; 9:00-10:30pm 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 instructor 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 basic course is designed to provide an overview of the use of canine and feline vaccines. Vaccination science, protocols, and a brief overview of the vaccinated conditions will be covered. The course is presented in a team focus format in order to provide a good understanding of how, when, and why vaccines are used in small animal practice
VSPN CE Course: This course has been RACE approved for veterinary technicians. (RACE program #22-15496)
The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

Course Description:
Preventive care is a very important part of both veterinary and human medicine. Vaccines serve to help prevent a number of different diseases, some of which have no known treatment. It is important for veterinary technicians, receptionists, assistants, and other support staff to be comfortable with the use of vaccines, the education of the client, and/or vaccine administration.

This course is designed to serve as a basic overview of the science behind vaccination, the different types of vaccines, the rationale behind vaccine timing, and possible adverse reactions. There will also be a brief discussion on the conditions we vaccinate against.

This course consists of two (2) Real Time Sessions of ninety (90) 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 be an audio presentation, please be prepared to listen.

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.

Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course. It is recommended, though not required, that participants familiarize themselves with the most current AAHA canine and AAFP feline vaccination recommendations which can be found online:

About the Instructor: Thomas (Tom) Hansen is a graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and works in both a general practice and an emergency practice in the San Francisco East Bay area. He is currently working towards becoming boarded in canine and feline practice (ABVP).

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session February 10): Vaccine Science and Canine Vaccination Guidelines
Required Reading (prior to the February 10th Real Time Session):It is recommended, though not required, that participants familiarize themselves with the most current AAHA canine and AAFP feline vaccination recommendations.
Content: First we will cover how vaccines work and the body�s response to vaccination. This will be followed by an overview of the different types of vaccines, the concept of core vs. non-core vaccines, and canine vaccination guidelines.

Week 2 (Real Time Session February 17): Feline Vaccination Guidelines and Vaccine Adverse Reactions
Content: We will continue our discussion with feline vaccination guidelines and potential adverse reactions in the dog and cat

CE Credits: 3

Tuition: $60 ($54 early bird special if enrolled by January 20, 2015)

* 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 February 10, 2015, or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
  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 was approved for 3 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
Direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: (014522) 26154
Direct line to VIN/VSPN from Australia: 011 +61 26 145-2357

800.700.4636  |  |  530.756.4881  |  Fax: 530.756.6035
777 West Covell Blvd, Davis, CA 95616

Copyright 2014, Veterinary Information Network, Inc.