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VIN EMRG210-1021: Bearing the Brunt of Brain Bludgeoning: Emergency Management of Head Trauma

The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a webinar platform.

Presenters: Tony Johnson, DVM, DACVECC
Rachael Carpenter, DVM
Anne Katherman, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)
Course Open: October 26-November 19, 2021
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, November 2 and 9, 2021; 8:00-9:30 pm ET (USA) World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 3
RACE Category: 3 hours Medical

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Course Information:
This course will cover emergency stabilization, management and analgesia for acute head trauma patients, neurological evaluation, diagnostic procedures and prognosis for animals suffering from head trauma injuries and best anesthesia practices for those patients requiring advanced diagnostic imaging and/or surgery.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
  • recognize the signs of traumatic brain injury, prioritize interventions and develop an initial management plan that also addresses concurrent injuries to the patient.
  • assess the degree of neurological injury in patients with traumatic brain injury, determine what further diagnostic procedures and treatment are indicated based on that evaluation and provide a prognosis for recovery.
  • perform pre-anesthetic evaluation, stabilization, anesthetic and analgesic drug selection and anesthetic monitoring principals for patients with head trauma.

Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate VIN CE course is open for enrollment to veterinarians actively interested in the assessment, management, and care of acute head trauma.
Accreditation: This course is approved for 3 hours of continuing education credit by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 20-845657)

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session November 2, 2021)
Presenters: Tony Johnson, DVM, DACVECC and Rachael Carpenter, DVM
ER Stabilization and Anesthetic Management of the Head-Injured Patient

Week 2 (Real Time Session November 9, 2021)
Presenters: Anne Katherman, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology) and Rachael Carpenter, DVM
Concussion, Contusion and Laceration: Neurological Evaluation and Anesthesia Management of the Head Trauma Patient

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.

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.


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Tuition: Member $69 ($62 early bird special if enrolled by October 12, 2021)
Non-Member $137 ($123 early bird special if enrolled by October 12, 2021)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on November 2, 2021 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

  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 @vspn.org and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.

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 VIN office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Director

VIN CE Services:
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 797
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01 45 222 6154
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from Australia: 02 6145 2357