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VSPN CE Course STAF165-1013: Compassion Fatigue Series: In Animal Laboratory Research Work

INSTRUCTOR(S): Katherine Dobbs, RVT, CVPM, PHR
COURSE OPEN: October 30-November 16, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Wednesday, November 6, 2013; 8:00pm-10:00pm 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.

*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: This basic course is geared for the entire animal laboratory research team. VSPN CE course: This course has been RACE approved for veterinarians and veterinary technicians and has been approved by VHMA for CVPM credits.

Course Description:
The laboratory or research setting presents a different challenge in the care of animals. These animals exist because of a need to learn more about medicine, health, and disease-both human and veterinary-a purpose that ultimately extends beyond the animal's span of life. Some settings allow their caregivers to spend a significant amount of time, even years, with or caring for these animals allowing some measure of a relationship or emotional connection to form. This can lead to burnout or compassion fatigue. This course will cover the emotional aspects of doing such important work.

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

Recommended Books:

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About the Instructors:
Katherine Dobbs holds credentials as a RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician), CVPM (Certified Veterinary Practice Manager), and PHR (Professional in Human Resources). At one point in her career, she was a certified ALAT. She has taught and lectured worldwide both in onsite and online venues, and is an accomplished author of books and articles.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session November 6): Compassion Fatigue in Animal Laboratory Research Work
Content: This VINgnette will focus on Compassion Fatigue in animal laboratories and research facilities. It is highly recommended that participants also consider enrolling in the fourth VINgnette in the series entitled Compassion Fatigue in the Workplace (STAF166-1113; course opens November 27, 2013) to learn about organizational compassion fatigue and how to create a healthy environment for the caring of animals.


Tuition: $40($36 early bird special if enrolled by October 16,2013)

* 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 5pm ET Wednesday November 6, 2013 or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*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 is approved for 2 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 approved by VHMA 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 & CE Director
Charlotte Waack, CVT, RVT
VSPN CE Coordinator

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