STAF128-0713: CVPM Preparatory Review
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Heather Howell, LVT, RVT, MBA and Julie Singer, RVT, CVPM
July 29-October 10, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS):
Mondays, August 5, 12, 19, 26, September 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2012 (no RTS September 2); 9pm-10:30pm 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
Level and Prerequisites:
Veterinarians and all supervisory members of veterinary staff may enroll in this course; however,
this advanced course is focused toward those veterinary professionals who are actively preparing to sit for the CVPM examination.
VSPN CE Course:
This course is RACE approved for veterinarians and veterinary technicians and VHMA approved for CVPM credits.
This course is designed to help veterinary practice managers and others review for purposes of
successfully completing the Certified Veterinary Practice Managers (CVPM) examination given by the
Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA). For those not yet taking the CVPM examination,
the course provides the basics of veterinary practice management. It is also a good introduction
to management concepts for new managers, or review for experienced managers who wish to revisit the basics.
The course is geared to legalities and resources for the United States of America at this time; however,
participation is not limited to the USA only.
This course consists of eight (8) Real Time Sessions of ninety (90) minutes each covering library materials,
discussion of situations and cases, interactive message boards to discuss
the Real Time Sessions, as well as a mandatory end-of-course test.
Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required
to earn a certificate of completion for the course.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
- should be able to easily recall the basics of veterinary practice management, as outlined on the CVPM Task Analysis handout.
- should be well versed in taking multiple-choice questions similar to those given on the CVPM exam.
- should demonstrate knowledge of how to locate information and utilize study materials.
- will have built a network of colleagues through interaction with other course participants for sharing ideas and resources.
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 Instructors:
- Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. (2013). CVPM Recommended Reading List (Documents & Resources) http://www.vhma.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=124 Retrieved from http://www.vhma.org.
- Course Library materials
- NOTE: Purchase of any textbooks is the participant's responsibility.
is a credentialed veterinary technician in CA and NV. She received her BS in Animal Science
at UC Davis and her MBA at the University of Nevada, Reno. Since 1988, she has worked in all capacities of the veterinary
hospital including hospital administrator, practice management consultant, and instructor.
is a practice management consultant and currently manages a large AAHA practice.
An RVT since 1979 and CVPM since 2001, she has lectured both as a veterinary technician and as a practice manager on
all aspects of practice and practice development and training at the local, state, and national level.
Week 1 (Real Time Session August 5):
Week 1 will cover recruiting, interviewing and hiring; managing training and development (including safety training); scheduling and daily work assignments; conducting staff meetings; conducting performance reviews; mediating internal disputes and discipline/discharge of employees; managing employee benefits programs; and creating/updating job descriptions/manuals.
(Real Time Session August 12):
Week 2 topics will include regulatory agencies (OSHA/OSHA Right To Know-monitoring hospital violations/dangerous situations, familiarity of state safety regulations, documenting/reporting accidents, filing appropriate reports; DEA; FDA; and familiarity with state, local agencies).
(Real Time Session August 19):
Week 3 topics will include the Fair Labor Standards Act; Civil Rights Act of 1964--Sexual Harassment, Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act; Family and Medical Leave; Worker's Compensation; Federal Unemployment Tax Act; Employment Retirement Income Security Act; Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, COBRA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA); Mental Health Parity Act; Employee Polygraph Protection Act), and required Department of Labor posters.
(Real Time Session August 26):
Ethics and Law
Week 4 topics will include ethics (AVMA Code of Ethics, VHMA Code of Ethics); contract law (associate/staff, client); and confidentiality (staff, client, patient).
No Real Time Session September 2, 2013
Week 5 (Real Time Session September 9):
Week 5 topics will include internal/external marketing and public relations (managing brochure production/distribution, placing ads in publications, website management), client services (monitoring client retention, setting up/maintaining new client program, handling client complaints, obtaining/reporting client feedback on service, responding to client questions, managing vaccine/check up reminder routine), and client education.
(Real Time Session September 16):
Organization of Practice
Week 6 topics will include inventory (maintaining appropriate inventory system including controlled substance ordering, tracking, security, destruction; placing and tracking purchase orders for drugs, uniforms, and equipment), equipment and maintenance (assuring insurance coverage of hospital and equipment; contracting for repair/maintenance of equipment, building, grounds; protocols for daily facility maintenance), medical record standards and compliance, technology systems and policies, liaison to professional services, and hospital policies/procedures/risk management.
(Real Time Session September 23):
Week 7 topics will include analyzing practice and financial reports; managing payroll; A/R and A/P; budgeting and long-range planning; establishing and enforcing client credit policies; fee analysis; overseeing daily and monthly banking procedures; maintaining chart of accounts; and maintaining imprest petty cash account.
(Real Time Session September 30):
Real Time Session:
MOCK EXAM, rapid fire multiple choice
This class does not guarantee passage of the exam, but is designed to aid in studying for the exam by reviewing
the information that a practice manager should know upon gaining the required years of experience as determined by the
CVPM exam application, and the completion of the recommended reading list provided by the CVPM Study Guide.
will approach as many topics as possible in an effort to help the manager identify levels of competency and to know better
where to focus study efforts. In depth and advanced topics will NOT be covered. Further preparation for the CVPM examination
CE CREDITS: 12
$240 ($216 early bird special if enrolled by July 15, 2013).
****NOTE: Registration WILL CLOSE on Monday, July 29 at 5pm ET (USA) or earlier if the maximum number of registrants is reached.
* 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 when
the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first
Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a
weekend, course enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the
Participant Resource Center
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- 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
for a course on behalf of another individual.
- For further assistance call 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email (VIN CE)
CEonVIN@vin.com or (VSPN CE)
Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is submitted for approval for 12 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).
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
Nanette R. Walker Smith, MEd, RVT, CVT, LVT
VSPN Content Director & CE Coordinator
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