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SASX301-0323: C-Section

The lectures for this course will be presented via the Zoom webinar platform.

Presenter: Andrea Hesser, DVM, DACT
Course Open: March 29-May 6, 2023
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2023; 8:00-9:30 pm ET (USA) World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 6
RACE Category: 6 hours Medical

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Tuition: Member $138 ($124 early bird special if enrolled by March 15, 2023)
Non-Member $231 ($208 early bird special if enrolled by March 15, 2023)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

Course Information:
This course is divided into four 90-minute sessions, which will cover various aspects of both emergency and elective c-section management in canine and feline patients. The first lecture will cover determination for need for c-section for emergency patients, as well as pre-operative considerations for patients. The second lecture will follow with anesthetic approaches and the surgical procedural options and tips. Next, we will discuss post-operative management including pain control, fetal resuscitation and management, and dam recovery in hospital. The final lecture will delve into timing elective c-sections, including the indications, variances from emergency presentation, and tips for singleton puppy success post-delivery.

While some of the confidence in c-sections revolves around experience, the instructor is hopeful the breadth of information learned during these sessions may help to optimize success in surgery, and survival of neonates!

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
  • diagnose the urgency of need for c-section for emergency situations.
  • develop anesthetic protocols and pain control approaches that are safe for pregnant dams and queens, as well as fetuses they are carrying or neonates they are nursing.
  • develop confidence with surgical approaches and post-operative care for c-sections.
  • educate their support team regarding the best approaches for optimal resuscitation of neonates.
  • optimize application for and timing of elective c-sections and management of novel neonate/dam interactions.
  • individualize care for singleton puppies and kittens, and provide owners with guidance for care.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic VIN CE course is open for enrollment to veterinarians interested in canine and feline reproduction and c-sections.
Credit Approval: This course is approved for 6 hours of continuing education credit by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 20-991608)

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session April 5, 2023): Assessing the Emergency C-section Patient
This section will address the diagnosis of a dystocia who is in imminent need for a c-section, as well as possible alternative strategies for resolving dystocias medically. How fast do you need to act?

Week 2 (Real Time Session April 12, 2023): The "Good Stuff": Anesthetic Considerations and Surgical Approaches for the C-section Patient
Anesthetic protocols currently embraced by theriogenology practices will be discussed, and their safety in regards to the fetuses. The pre-operative period plan as well as surgical approaches and tips will be the heart of this discussion.

Week 3 (Real Time Session April 19, 2023): The Aftermath: Fetal Resuscitation and Post-Operative Recovery After C-section
Fetal resuscitation techniques and tips will be a good chunk of this section, as well as the dam’s recovery. In addition, pain control in pregnant and lactating dams/queens will be discussed.

Week 4 (Real Time Session April 26, 2023): Elective C-section Management
This section will review indications for planning elective c-sections, as well as trying to calculate due dates in bitches and queens without defined due dates. Singleton care and dam acceptance strategies will also be a focus.

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 $138 ($124 early bird special if enrolled by March 15, 2023)
Non-Member $231 ($208 early bird special if enrolled by March 15, 2023)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on April 5, 2023 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.

Enrollment qualifications:
  1. VIN CE Courses:
    1. VIN CE courses are open to VIN member, VIN student member, and non-member veterinarians.
    2. Veterinary support staff must be VSPN members in order to enroll in a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. VSPN CE Courses:
    1. VSPN CE courses are open to veterinary support staff and veterinarians.
    2. Only VIN and VSPN members can enroll in a VSPN CE course.
    3. Veterinarians will only receive credit for those VSPN CE courses that specify in the Accreditation statement that the course is accredited for veterinarians.
  3. Please check the course Level and Prerequisites, Accreditation, and Tuition before enrolling.
  4. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from and addresses.
    1. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  5. 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:
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