VSPN STAF182-0120: Stress Management

The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a webinar platform.

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Presenter: Heather Howell, RVT, LVT, MBA
Course Open: January 7, 2020- January 31, 2020
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays January 14 and 21, 2020 9:30-11:00pm ET (USA)
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Level and Prerequisites: This basic course will address compassion fatigue, burnout, and stress management techniques. Course Prerequisites:
VSPN CE Course: “This program has been approved for 3 hours of continuing education credit for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologistsin jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval." (22-38832)
This course has been approved for continual education units toward CVPM requirements through VHMA.(ID 19-83)

Course Description:
Stress affects us all and often seems unavoidable in our caring, service profession. The demands of work combined with our personal lives can feel overwhelming. This course will help participants learn techniques to recognize and manage pressures and stress. This course will also explore compassion fatigue and burnout.

Week 1 (Real Time Session January 14): Recognizing Stress
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Understand the dangers of remaining in a constant state of stress.
  • Learn about compassion fatigue and signs of burnout.
  • Know how to reduce compassion fatigue.
  • Identify sources of stress.
  • Explore stress management techniques.
Week 2 (Real Time Session January 21): Managing and Preventing Stress
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Continue to explore stress management techniques.
  • Consider silver linings, writing, intention and circles of influence.
  • Understand coping strategies.
  • Learn how time management can help minimize stress.
  • Learn about perspective and how it affects stress levels.
  • Consider and explore resilience.
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: There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Presenter:
Heather Howell, RVT, LVT, MBA 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, speaker, and instructor. She is currently the Veterinary Services Manager of the largest open admission shelter in the USA, and sometimes teaches as an adjunct professor the Veterinary Technology Bachelor’s program at Tarleton State University.

Total CE Credit: 3

Tuition: $63 ($57 early bird special if enrolled by December 24, 2019)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on January 14, 2020 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.

To Enroll:
  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 @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.
  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. 797 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
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VSPN CE Course: “This program has been approved for 3 hours of continuing education credit for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologistsin jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval." (22-38832)
This course has been approved for continual education units toward CVPM requirements through VHMA.(ID 19-83)

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. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

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

Lisa Kernaghan, LVT, RVT, CVT, VTS (ECC)
VSPN CE Coordinator

VSPN CE Services:
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 797
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