VSPN STAF123-0223: Communication & Conflict Management Module 2: Conflict Management, Resolution, & Mentoring

The real time sessions for this course will be presented via Zoom webinar platform.

Presenter: Heather Howell, RVT, LVT, MBA
Course Open: February 8 – March 11, 2023
Real Time Sessions (RTS):Wednesdays, February 15, 22, and March 1, 2023; 9:00-10:30pm ET (USA)   World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 4.5
RACE Category: 4.5 hours Non-Medical

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Tuition: $95 ($86 early bird special if enrolled by January 29, 2023)
* Students currently enrolled in an AVMA accredited or CVMA approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status).
(Enroll in all three modules by January 11, 2023 and receive a 15% discount off the original course price.)
Prices are listed in US dollars.


Course Information:
Conflict management skills are essential in any business. This course intends to teach office managers, practice managers, veterinarians, and all support staff more effective communication and conflict resolution techniques. The intent is to impart knowledge and techniques that can be utilized with clients as well as coworkers when conflict occurs. As a continuation of Module 1, we will incorporate how your communication skills relate to conflict with others. The overall goal of all three modules of this series is for the participant to become a more knowledgeable and confident communicator. This module will go into detail about managing and resolving conflict. We will discuss conflict with clients and conflicts within the hospital. We will also explore mentoring others to manage conflict. This module will discuss communication skills which are effective for managing conflict.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
  • Assess types and causes of client conflicts.
  • Analyze and manage challenging client behaviors.
  • Discuss preventing future client conflicts.
  • Consider how we view conflict.
  • Implement a process for conflict management.
  • Discuss handling conflict as an opportunity in the hospital environment.
  • Illustrate effective communications techniques.
  • Analyze challenging coworker behaviors.
  • Use two methodologies when managing conflict.
  • Outline how to create a positive workplace environment.
  • Discuss managing conflict in the hospital and techniques for conversations regarding conflict.
  • Learn to mentor others to reduce and resolve conflict. .
Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate VSPN CE course is open to all veterinary staff with the focus of enabling team members to communicate and resolve conflicts more effectively. All three modules are recommended, but not required, for participation or completion for each individual module.

RACE Accreditation: This program has been approved for 4.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.(20-843933)
This course is approved by VHMA for CVPM credit. (VHMA program # 08-20)

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session February 15): Client Conflicts
In this session we will assess the types and causes of client conflicts and learn to analyze and manage challenging client behaviors. We will discuss preventing future client conflict, consider how we view conflict ourselves, and implement a process for conflict management.

Week 2 (Real Time Session February 22): Conflicts within the Hospital
This week will discuss handling conflict as an opportunity in the hospital environment. We will illustrate effective communication techniques, analyze challenging coworker behaviors, and discuss using two methodologies when managing conflict.

Week 3 (Real Time Session March 1): Creating a Positive Workplace and Mentoring Conflict Resolution
: In this session we will outline how to create a positive workplace environment and discuss managing conflict in the hospital as well as techniques for having conversations regarding conflict. We will also learn to mentor others to reduce and resolve conflict.

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.


Enroll Now  

Tuition: $95 ($86 early bird special if enrolled by January 29, 2023)
* Students currently enrolled in an AVMA accredited or CVMA approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status).
(Enroll in all three modules by January 11, 2023 and receive a 15% discount off the original course price.)
Prices are listed in US dollars.


*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on February 15, 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 @vspn.org and @vin.com 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. 792 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

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

VSPN CE Services:
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 792
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