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VSPN CE Course TECH124-0216: Basic Hematology-The Bloody Truth about Canines and Felines
Text only: The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly text format.

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Instructor(s): Cheryl Stockman, MT (ASCP)
Course Open: February 24, 2016-March 26, 2016
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, March 2, 9, and 16, 2016; 8:00-9:30pm 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 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 will be open will be open to veterinary technicians/technologists, actively interested in hematology concepts applicable to small animal practice patients from a clinical laboratory perspective.
VSPN CE Course: Open to Open to veterinary technicians/technologists This course is approved by RACE for veterinary technicians/technologists. (RACE program #22-13531)

Course Description:
Manual hematology techniques are far from outdated skills in the modern veterinary hospital laboratory even when utilizing the latest and greatest point of care analyzers. These instruments are invaluable when considering the scope of the information they provide in such a short period of time, however they are not infallible and as a veterinary professional, proper use of these instruments should be a foremost consideration. Hand in hand, the use of technology with more manual techniques creates a well-balanced, effective laboratory that properly supports the veterinary staff and their patients. Essential skills will be presented in this three week course, starting with proper sample handling protocols (post sample collection) and ending with a concentrated look at the basic identification of common white and red blood cells and platelets seen in normal blood smears of felines and canines. The course will also touch on the theory of instrument function, and manual white blood cell/ platelet counts. Of course, no basic hematology class would be complete without vocabulary or lab math, so those topics will also be included. Abnormal blood cells, blood parasites and blood collection techniques will not be thoroughly covered in this class. As the instructor is a medical technologist and not a veterinarian, limited information regarding blood smear interpretation and specific disease processes will available in this course.

Week 1 (Real Time Session March 2): Terminology and Concepts

Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 2 (Real Time Session March 9): Function and Morphology of Erythrocytes

Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 3 (Real Time Session March 16): Leukocyte Morphology

Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

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

About the Instructors:
Cheryl Stockman is a registered medical technologist and Laboratory Manager of Clinical Pathology at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine located in North Grafton, Massachusetts. Prior to her employment with Tufts University, Ms. Stockman worked as a bench technologist in two human hospital laboratories, concentrating in hematology, chemistry, urinalysis and radioimmunoassay (RIA). For over 25 years, she also worked in many capacities in several veterinary practices, lending additional understanding to the cultures and practices of the veterinary world. Ms. Stockman has spent all of her career as a medical technologist sharing her skills with medical technology students, veterinary students and veterinary professionals.

Total CE Credit: 4.5

Tuition: $90 ($81 early bird special if enrolled by February 10, 2016)

* 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 on March 2, 2016 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 program (22-13531) has been submitted for approval by AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 4.5 CE Credits, with a maximum of 4.5 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinary technician/technologist. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Scientific using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance: (Web-based, Teleconference or Audio-Conference). This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board�s CE 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 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

VSPN CE Services:
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