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VSPN CE Course TECH160-0114: Large Animal Parasitology


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.

Course Description:
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.

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

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).

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session February 5): Ectoparasites
Content: 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): Endoparasites
Content: 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): Laboratory Diagnostics
Content: 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
Content: 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.


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.

  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 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).

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:
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 972
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01452226154

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