STAF121-0115: Veterinary Medical Terminology - The Basics
Audio and Text:
In some of the course Real Time Sessions the lecture will be predominantly audio
while in others the lecture will be predominantly text.
Barb Burri, MEd, MBA, CVT, LVT
January 8, 2015-February 8, 2015
Real Time Sessions (RTS):
Thursdays, January 15, 22 and 29, 2015; 8:00-9:00pm ET (USA)
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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 instructors 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:
course is focused towards front desk/client service staff, veterinary assistants, and veterinary technician students and concentrates on decoding veterinary medical terms.
VSPN CE Course:
This course has been RACE approved for (veterinary technicians only) and is VHMA approved for CVPM credits. (RACE program #22-11713; VHMA program #11-10)
Veterinary Information Network’s RACE provider number is #22.
Veterinary staff must be able to interpret client and layman terms and translate to veterinary terms and vice versa. As such, a clear understanding of medical terminology is an important part of daily activities in any veterinary practice. Correct use of terminology in the veterinary workplace enhances client education and practice-wide communication. This course will introduce the concept of breaking down medical terms into their component root words, prefixes and suffixes for ease of understanding. Terminology by body system will be introduced, and the participant will be able to “decode” medical terms, as well as demonstrate the correct medical terms for many signs and symptoms. Medical terms for the body parts, as well as terms for diseases, pathologies, diagnostics and treatments for each body system will be covered. This is a terminology course and will not branch into the physiology of various diseases and conditions.
This course consists of three (3) Real Time Sessions of sixty (60) 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
- decode and define medical terms and decipher their meaning based on root words, prefixes and suffixes.
- demonstrate correct use of medical terms and effectively communicate with staff and clients for a patient's clinical signs, symptoms, and treatments.
- associate medical terms as they relate to the individual body systems.
Course materials will be available
in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
There is no required textbook for this course.
About the Instructor: Barb Burri
- Christenson, D. E. (2009). Veterinary Medical Terminology, Second Edition. Elsevier Health. VIN Store at: https://store.vin.com/custom/edit.asp?p=82516
- Romich, J. A. (2008). An Illustrated Guide to Veterinary Medical Terminology 3rd ed. Delmar Cengage Learning. ISBN-13: 9781435420120
is the CE Content Wrangler for VSPN and an adjunct faculty member at Great Bay Community College in their veterinary technology program. Barb teaches several other VSPN CE courses.
(Real Time Session January 15):
The Basics of Veterinary Medical Terminology and Body Structure
The basics of veterinary medical terminology including decodable terms, the basic rules for combining terminology, non-decodable terms, acronyms, eponyms, symbols and abbreviations, signs and symptoms. We will also specifically cover terms for body planes and directional terms, including those used in radiologic positioning and body structures, cells, tissues, and cavities; additionally covering the musculoskeletal system including the anatomical terms for bones, names of major bones in the skeleton.
(Real Time Session January 22):
The Muscle, Circulatory, Nervous, Respiratory and Integumentary Systems
We will complete the discussion of the musculoskeletal system and then move onto blood, lymph and circulatory terms including associated terms for pathology, conditions, and treatments. The nervous, respiratory and integument will also be covered.
(Real Time Session January 29):
The Urinary, Reproductive, Endocrine and Digestive Systems
This week's terms will cover the urinary, reproductive, endocrine and digestive systems, including anatomical and medical terms relating to treatment and pathology within these body systems.
CE Credits: 3
$60 ($54 early bird special if enrolled by December 25, 2014)
* 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 Thursday January 15, 2015,
or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the
Participant Resource Center
*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/VIN 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration.
To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll
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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/VSPN office 1-800-700-INFO (4636)
to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you
call the VIN/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).
*For more information on VSPN's upcoming CE courses, check the
VSPN Course Catalog.
The CE team:
Charlotte Waack, RVT, CVT
VSPN CE Services: VSPNCE@vspn.org
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