VSPN TECH136-1019: ECG Interpretation Module 1

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

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Instructor: Dianne Hudson, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia)
Course Open: October 2, 2019- November 2, 2019
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays; October 9, 16, and 23, 2019; 9:00-10:30pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter

To prepare for your online experience, review the VIN-VSPN CE informational video prior to the course open date.

Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course is geared toward veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, and veterinary technician students. Module 1 is a required prerequisite for Module 2 to help insure a complete basic understanding of ECG interpretation in the anesthesia, emergency, and critical care patient.
VSPN CE Course: “The American Association of Veterinary State Boards RACE committee has reviewed and approved the program referenced above as meeting the Standards adopted by the AAVSB." (Program #22-37836)

Course Description:
This is module 1 of a two-part course designed to cover the essentials of electrocardiograph (ECG) interpretation. Basic knowledge of the cardiovascular system and physiologic components is highly recommended as we will only cover basic anatomy and physiology briefly in this intermediate level course. Participants completing both modules of this course will be exposed to the basic elements of ECG interpretation (Lead II) including a review of the conduction system of the heart, the ECG/EKG waveform, normal rhythms, cardiac arrhythmias, and nursing care of abnormal cardiac events.

Week 1 (Real Time Session October 9): Circulation and the Conduction System
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Illustrate cardiac anatomy.
  • Demonstrate normal blood flow through the heart.
  • Describe the conduction system.
  • Describe the properties of cardiac muscle.
Week 2 (Real Time Session October 16): Recording ECGs
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Demonstrate ECG lead wire placement.
  • Describe standard patent positioning for diagnostic ECG.
  • Interpret ECG paper readings.
  • Understand how to calculate rate from an ECG recording.
  • Differentiate amplitude and duration.
Week 3 (Real Time Session October 23): What is Normal for Our Canine and Feline Patients?
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Recognize normal ECG waveforms for canine and feline patients.
  • Recognize normal sinus rhythms.
  • Recognize sinus arrhythmia.
  • Recognize sinus tachycardia.
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 Instructor:
Dianne Hudson, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia) has worked at the Oklahoma State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital since 1984. She has had a diverse career working in multiple departments including Small Animal Medicine, Equine Medicine and Surgery, Small Animal ICU as the Staff Supervisor in addition to her role as in anesthesia for the past 20 plus years. Dianne has had the pleasure of teaching ECG interpretation in a private practice setting, as a guest lecturer for Tulsa Community College, Murray State College and OSU-OKC veterinary technician programs. She has also designed an interactive computer-based course covering anesthesia monitoring and ECG interpretation in addition lecturing on ECG interpretation at the Southwest Veterinary Symposium.

Total CE Credit: 4.5

Tuition: Member $95 ($85 early bird special if enrolled by September 18, 2019)
* Enroll in both modules by October 9, 2019 and receive a 15% discount off the original course price.
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on October 9, 2019 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. 792 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
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*Note: “The American Association of Veterinary State Boards RACE committee has reviewed and approved the program referenced above as meeting the Standards adopted by the AAVSB." (Program #22-37836)

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. 792 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:
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