INSTRUCTOR(S): Shelley Shopsowitz, RVT, BA and Jessie Loberg BA, AAS, CVT, VTS (EVN)
COURSE OPEN: January 29-March 8, 2014
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Wednesdays, February 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2014; 8:30pm-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.
Level and Prerequisites:
This intermediate course is geared toward veterinary technicians and assistants working in laboratory diagnostics for parasitology as it affects horses and other farm animals including cattle, sheep, goats and pigs.
VSPN CE Course:
This course has been RACE approved for veterinary technicians only.
The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.
Internal and external parasites have important significance in veterinary medicine. In farm animals
they may have devastating economic effects including causing serious illness and even death
in animals. Familiarity with the various parasites that affect large animals and an understanding
of how they are transmitted is important to the implementation of a good control program.
Knowledge of the various testing methods available for diagnosing parasites and being able to
perform those tests accurately and reliably is essential for those involved in diagnostic testing.
Veterinary technicians and assistants can help clients understand potential parasite events,
how they affect the animals and can assist clients in keeping animal parasite loads under control.
This course will cover parasitology as it affects horses, cattle, sheep, goats and pigs.
This course consists 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 earn a certificate of completion for the course.
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.
There is no required textbook for this course.
- recognize the various internal and external parasites that commonly affect farm animals.
- identify various testing methods available to diagnose parasites including fecal examination and skin scrapings.
- identify ova from the various parasites commonly affecting farm animals.
- recognize common ectoparasites such as mites, ticks and various species of flies.
- demonstrate knowledge of a number of disease conditions that are caused and transmitted by parasites.
- understand how to achieve an effective control program to minimize parasite infestations thereby reducing the risks of related pathologies.
About the Instructors:
In addition to being a longtime veterinary technician, Shelley Shopsowitz has had a special interest in horses for over 40 years. As well as being a horse owner and caretaker,
Shelley has taken a wide variety of equine nutrition courses and completed the Equine Science
Certificate at Equine Guelph, University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. She is also the owner/operator
of an equine consulting service providing owners and caretakers with information on the care and
feeding of horses. Jessie Loberg has been a credentialed veterinary technician since 2000. She is an instructor at the Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology and is very active in the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians and Assistants (AAEVT).
Week 1 (Real Time Session February 5):
We will look at the various types of ectoparasites that may affect large animals. We will include in our study mites, ticks, lice and various species of winged insects. Identification of the various ectoparasites in their various life stages will be considered.
Week 2 (Real Time Session February 12):
We will look at the different types of endoparasites that can potentially affect large animals. We will review representative life cycles in order to accurately distinguish, describe, and identify organisms by visual characteristics as well as measurement. Understanding of how parasites are transmitted is important to enhance the participant’s ability to comprehend and communicate effective control programs.
Week 3 (Real Time Session February 19):
This section will cover laboratory methods of diagnosis including fecal flotation, fecal egg counts via McMaster's Method, and sedimentation, and skin scraping. We will also discuss proper specimen collection, storage, and fixatives. Reading materials will be provided for independent study of proper microscope anatomy and use.
Week 4 (Real Time Session February 26):
Pathology of Disease as it Relates to Endo- and Ectoparasites
CE CREDITS: 6
Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by January 15, 2014)
*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close at 5pm ET Wednesday, February 5, 2014,
or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the
Participant Resource Center.
Disease conditions related to parasite infestations - both ecto and endoparasites will be considered. Colic in horses, warbles in cattle as well as serious diseases such as West Nile disease are examples of pathologies to be covered. Implementing a control program including deworming and management procedures will also be discussed.
*Note: "This course is approved for 6 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- For further assistance call 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email (VIN CE)
CEonVIN@vin.com or (VSPN CE)
Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
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.
The CE team:
Charlotte Waack, RVT, CVT
VSPN CE Coordinator
VSPN CE Services: VSPNCE@vspn.org
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 972
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01452226154
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