VSPN TECH163-0819: Controlling Controlled Drugs

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

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Instructor: Philip Seibert, BS, CVT
Course Open: August 29, 2019-September 29, 2019
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Thursdays, September 5, 12, and 19, 2019; 9:00-10:30pm ET (USA)
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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 an essential part of practice management for all involved with controlled substance tracking and documentation. All veterinary staff members, office managers, practice managers, hospital administrators, supervisors, and veterinarians are welcome to join the course and its discussions.
VSPN CE Course: Open to all members of the veterinary team.
“This program (22-31632) has been approved for 4.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. “ This course is approved by VHMA for CVPM credit. (VHMA program # 09-06)
Veterinarians should check with their state/provincial boards regarding course approval for pharmacy or regulatory content requirements.

Course Description:
This course is designed to provide practical guidance on the administration of a controlled substance accountability program in the veterinary hospital. The course will present an overview of the DEA regulations including registration, ordering, security, dispensing, accountability, inventories, and problem resolution scenarios that are likely to happen in a veterinary practice setting.
**This course will discuss US federal (DEA) laws only. **

Week 1 (Real Time Session September 5): Before the Drugs Arrive - Registration, Security and Ordering
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Distinguish when a DEA registration is required.
  • Prepare orders and submit them for controlled substances using the proper channel.
Week 2 (Real Time Session September 12): Drugs on Site - Logs and Accountability
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Design security protocols to safeguard controlled substances under their control.
  • Create and maintain a practical accountability (log) system to account for controlled substance activities.
Week 3 (Real Time Session September 19): Inventories & Disposing of Unwanted Drugs
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Outline and apply documentation required inventories of controlled substances.
  • Demonstrate proper disposal of unwanted or outdated controlled substances.
Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course.

*The lecture portion of this course will be an audio presentation, please be prepared to listen.

*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:
Philip Seibert, BS, CVT has decades of experience in regulatory, hospital safety, and practice management matters. He has taught numerous courses online with VIN and VSPN and is a world-renowned speaker for all areas of practice management in veterinary medicine.

Total CE Credit: 4.5

Tuition: $95 ($86 early bird special if enrolled by August 15, 2019)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

* 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 September 5, 2019, 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 @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 VSPNCE@vspn.org. Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
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*Note: “This program (22-31632) has been approved for 4.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.“ ; This course has been approved for continual education units toward CVPM requirements through VHMA (09-06).

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.

*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: VSPNCE@vspn.org
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 792
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