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VSPN CE Course TECH168-1112: Reptile Parasitology


INSTRUCTOR(S): Jenni Jenkins-Perez, LVT, CVT, AA, BAS (VT)
COURSE OPEN: November 26-December 20, 2012
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Mondays, December 3 and 10, 2012; 9:00pm-10:30pm 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.

* The instructor for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen. If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend a Practice Session.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic course recommends participants be familiar with common reptiles and some clinical pathology testing methods.

VSPN CE Course: Open to VIN and VSPN members. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians only.

Course Description:
This course is designed to help the veterinary technician understand the basics of reptile parasite identification. The course will focus on the identification of parasites commonly seen in lizard, snake, and chelonian species. Life cycles, distinguishing reptile parasites from commensal, non-pathogenic, and prey parasitic organisms, and recommended antiparasitics will all be discussed. Sample collection and preparation, staining techniques, and zoonosis will be covered during the real time sessions. Participants are encouraged to bring their own images of reptile parasites to post on the message board for discussion.

This course consists of two (2) two hour (90 minute) minute Real Time Sessions, 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 be considered for a course certificate of completion.
** A portion of this course will be an audio presentation. Please be prepared to listen.

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 and and are highly recommended reading PRIOR TO the RTS to enhance the single interactive session format.

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

About the Instructors:
Jenni Jenkins-Perez has years of experience with various reptile species ranging from anoles to Nile crocodiles in both zoo/aquarium practice and private practice. Currently, she is a part-time veterinary technician for a veterinary specialty practice and a consultant for a new veterinary technology program in central Florida.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session December 3): Sample Collection, Preparation, and the Protozoans
Content: This session will include sample collection for parasitology exams including cloacal swabbing, fecal sampling, and stomach, cloacal, and tracheal/lung washes. We will also cover the basic staining techniques for identification of protozoan parasites. The primary focus of discussion for this week includes identification of protozoan parasites, including hemoparasites, of lizards, chelonians, and snakes.

Week 2 (Real Time Session December 10): Nematodes, Trematodes, Cestodes, and Ectoparasites
Content: This session will cover identification of common nematodes, trematodes, cestodes, and ectoparasites of reptiles commonly seen in practice. In addition we will also cover non-pathogenic or commensal organisms commonly found in reptiles as well as common parasites found in prey items. We will briefly cover antiparasitic recommended for reptile species with a formulary provided in the library


Tuition: $60 ($54 early bird special if enrolled by November 12, 2012)
*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 when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a weekend, course enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

*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 has been submitted for approval for 3 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.

Nanette R. Walker Smith, MEd, RVT, CVT, LVT
VSPN Content Director & CE Coordinator

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