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VSPN CE Course TECH173-1018: Canine and Feline Pharmacology
Audio only - Webinar: The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a Zoomtm platform.

  Enrollment is closed Instructors: Liz Hughston, MEd, RVT, CVT, VTS (SAIM, ECC),Darci Palmer, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia),
and Lee Palmer, DVM, MS, DACVECC
Course Open: October 4, 2018 � November 25, 2018
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Thursdays, October 11, 18, 25 and November 1, 8, 15, 2018; 9:00pm-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 will be open to veterinarians, veterinary technicians/technologists, support staff, veterinary teams, etc. interested in canine and feline pharmacology.
VSPN CE Course: This course has been RACE approved for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists.(22-34180)

Course Description:
This course is designed to help the participant understand the fundamentals of small animal clinical pharmacology. The course will cover the major pharmacological drug classes used in veterinary medicine. The drug classes will be organized by the organ system that they have an effect on. An overview of physiology for each organ system will also be included to help the participant understand how each drug class elicits its effect. The real time sessions will focus on clinical application of select drugs for each organ system.

Week 1 (Real Time Session October 11): Basic Principles of Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics and Intra-/Inter- Species Differences
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 2 (Real Time Session October 18): Neuropharmacology and Analgesics
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 3 (Real Time Session October 25): Cardiovascular and Respiratory
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 4 (Real Time Session November 1): Gastrointestinal, Hepatic, and Endocrine
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 5 (Real Time Session November 8): Corticosteroid, Immunosuppressant and Topical Dermatology
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 6 (Real Time Session November 15): Antimicrobial Therapy, Drug Interactions, and Overview of Administrative Drug Aspects
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to 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(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Instructors:
Liz Hughston is the Co-Founder of the Veterinary Cannabis Academy and practices as a relief veterinary technician, trainer, and consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since her graduation from Foothill College in 2006, Liz went on to become certified as a VTS in both Small Animal Internal Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care in 2012. Liz is dedicated to advancing veterinary nursing through training, mentorship, and support and speaks frequently at regional, national, and international veterinary conferences. Pharmacology and drug interactions is a special interest of hers and she loves sharing knowledge about better living through chemistry.

Darci Palmer has been a credentialed veterinary technician for 18 years and a VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia) for 12 years. The majority of her work experience has been at a university teaching hospital where she enjoys teaching veterinary students and veterinary technicians about anesthesia and analgesia. Darci believes that a good working knowledge of pharmacology is essential for proper anesthesia case management especially for patients that present with concurrent systemic disease or conditions.

Dr. Lee Palmer is a board-certified Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian and consultant for VIN's Emergency and Critical Care Folder. He provides training and consultation in K9 Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (K9 TECC) to military, law enforcement and civilian tactical EMS personnel; Dr. Palmer serves in the following capacities: Veterinary Corps Officer, US Army Reserve Veterinary Corps; Founding member and co-lead of the K9 Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (K9 TECC) working group; Lead of the Veterinary Committee on Trauma (VetCOT) Prehospital subcommittee; Adjunct Instructor for North Carolina State University's �K9 Down� program; Veterinary Consultant for the USAF Pararescue group, US Marshals Service (USMS), and Department of Homeland Security; Section Head for the Ongoing series Canine Medicine, Journal of Special Operations Medicine; Reserve Deputy Sheriff and certified SWAT paramedic for the Lee County Sheriff's Office; and Certified Explosive Detection Canine Handler. Dr. Palmer has a special interest in clinical pharmacology, since its application plays a vital role in every patient's treatment strategy.

Total CE Credit: 9

Tuition: $189 ($179 early bird pricing if enrolled by September 20, 2018)
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 October 11, 2018, or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
  Enrollment is closed
  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 800-846-0028 ext. 792 or email Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This program 22-34180 is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 9.00 CE Credits (9.00 max) being available to any one veterinarian: and/or 9.00 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (9.00 max). This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Category One: Scientific using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance. This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements. RACE does not "accredit" or "endorse" or "certify" any program or person, nor does RACE approval validate the content of the program."

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:
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

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