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VSPN CE Course STAF137-1115: Introductory Veterinary Assisting Module 3
Text only: The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly text format.

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Instructor(s): Darci Palmer, LVT, VTS (Anes) and Charlotte Waack, AA, AAS, BS, CVT, RVT
Course Open: November 9, 2015-December 10, 2015
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Mondays, November 16, 23 and 30 2015; 9:30-11:00pm ET (USA)
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Practice Sessions: 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: This basic course covers foundational small animal nursing and hospital assisting techniques, is primarily for the novice employee, and will include components of assisting with anesthesia, surgical assisting, and emergencies. Supervisors and managers may find the course helpful in hiring and organizing training protocols for their hospitals.
VSPN CE Course: This course has been RACE approved for veterinary technicians only. (RACE #22-18186) Veterinary Information Network´┐Żs RACE provider number is #22.

Course Description:
You've mastered your basic assisting duties in client and patient care in general hospital procedures, the laboratory, radiology, and you are ready to improve your knowledge base regarding pain management, anesthesia, elective surgery and emergencies! As an integral component of the veterinary healthcare team, veterinary assistants will gain a basic understanding of anesthesia and elective surgery essential for aiding veterinary technicians and veterinarians with the preparation, nursing care, monitoring, and recovery of surgical patients. This module will also discuss associated terminology and considerations for clients. A basic understanding of emergency care and triage will also be covered. This course rounds out the three module series, providing an overview of the veterinary hospital tasks required for a veterinary assistant.

This course will consist of three (3) Real Time Sessions of ninety (90) 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.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to 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.

About the Instructors:
Darci Palmer has worked exclusively in veterinary anesthesia for 13 years. For the past 4 years she worked in the Small Animal Anesthesia Department at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. She lectures at the national and local level and provides anesthesia consulting for private practices. Charlotte Waack has worked in the field of veterinary medicine since 1990 and is currently the VSPN Director and VSPN CE Interim Director. She also is an adjunct faculty member at San Juan Community College and teaches veterinary assisting at John Wood Community College. Charlotte Waack has worked in the field of veterinary medicine since 1990 and is currently the VSPN Director and VSPN CE Interim Director. She also is an adjunct faculty member at San Juan Community College and teaches veterinary assisting at John Wood Community College.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session November 16): Basic Concepts in Anesthesia
Content: This session will cover the basics of anesthesia including parts of the anesthetic machine. Monitoring the patient during induction, maintenance, and recovery will be discussed. The session will also cover the basics pharmacology of different types of anesthesia available. Stages and planes of anesthesia will also be discussed.

Week 2 (Real Time Session November 23): Basic Concepts in Anesthesia, Elective Surgery and Pain Management
Content: This session will continue to discuss the basic concepts of anesthesia and will move on to discuss the basics of surgery preparation, surgical suite etiquette, and gowning/gloving. Instrument identification, care, and disinfection/sterilization will also be discussed.

Week 3 (Real Time Session November 30): Emergency Care
Content: We will discuss the basic principles of triaging a potential emergency and setting up for emergency care. Basic monitoring the critical patient and gathering necessary emergency supplies will also be covered.

CE Credits: 4.5

Tuition: $90 ($81 early bird special if enrolled by November 2, 2015)
*Enroll in all three modules by September 14, 2015 and receive a 15% discount off the original course price.

* 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, November 16, 2015, or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
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  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 and addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. 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.
  4. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 792 or email Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is approved for 4.5 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 CE at 800-846-0028 ext. 792 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 VSPN office 800-846-0028 ext. 792 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VSPN office at 800-846-0028 ext. 792.

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

Charlotte Waack, RVT, CVT
VSPN Director/VSPN CE Interim Director

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