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VSPN CE CourseSTAF145-1112: Veterinary Medical Terminology-Clinical Practice Application



COURSE OPEN: November 20-December 28, 2012

REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Tuesdays, November 27, and December 4, 11, and 18, 2012; 9:00pm-10:30pm 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 RTS. Times and dates will be listed in your course confirmation email. Expect to spend up to 1 hour at one of the 2-4 practice sessions held prior to the first RTS.

* The instructor 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 a Practice Session.

Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course is focused towards all veterinary staff and applies veterinary medical terminology into clinical practice use. A course in Veterinary Medical Terminology basics is a recommendation prior to taking this course. VSPN CE course: This course is RACE approved for veterinary technicians only and VHMA approved for CVPM credits

Course Description:
Clear communication is an important part of daily life in any veterinary practice.    Proper use of medical terminology adds precision to records, enhances client education, and assists communication between all members of the veterinary team.  This course expands on the concept of breaking down medical terms into their component prefixes, suffices and roots to aid in definition.  Rather than considering terminology in a system by system view of the animal, this class will approach terminology from the viewpoint of the different areas and functions within a veterinary practice to allow application of terminology in a clinical setting. Procedures, techniques, diagnostics, diseases and treatments will be covered; however, this is a terminology course and will not branch into the physiology of various diseases and conditions. The approach to this class will include a few case studies that will be used all 4 sessions to get a working knowledge of how terminology is applied throughout the veterinary practice. These will be primarily companion animal cases. We will follow the progress of four animals from initial exam, through rule outs, diagnostics, and treatment.

This course will consist of four (4) 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 be considered for a course certificate of completion.

** The lecture portion of this course will combine both text and audio presentation.  Please be prepared to listen.

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 Textbooks(s): There is no required textbook for this course.
Recommended Textbook(s):

About the Instructor: Barb Burri
is an adjunct faculty member at Great Bay Community College in their veterinary technology program. In addition to this course, Barb has been a long time member of VSPN and teaches several other VSPN CE courses.

Course Outline:  
Week 1: (Real Time Session November 27): Medical Terms in the Exam Room
Content:  From signalment to SOAP to plan, terms covering parts of the physical exam, exam room procedures, symptoms, signs, and assessments will be covered.

Week 2: (Real Time Session December 4): Medical Terms for Diseases and Conditions
Content: Various disease and condition terms will be covered, including terminology used in client education to explain these conditions.

Week 3: (Real Time Session December 11): Diagnostics, Laboratory and Pharmacy terms
Content: This week’s terminology will include diagnostic tests and procedures, laboratory tests and pharmacy terms used in clinical practice.

Week 4: (Real Time Session December 18):  Surgery, Procedures and Treatments
Content:  This week will cover terms for different surgical and non-surgical procedures as well as various treatments.  These terms cover tasks that take place in the surgical suite and the treatment areas of the practice.


Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by November 6, 2012).
* 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 will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

  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 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email (VIN CE) or (VSPN CE) Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
* Note:  This course has been approved for 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).
This course has been submitted to VHMA for approval for continual education units toward CVPM CE credit requirements.

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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