Course Open: July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022
Total CE Credit: 1.5
RACE Category: 1.5 hours Medical
Many of us run blood tests and chemistry profiles daily. Do you really understand what each of these tests indicate and what they mean? This class will go through the most common chemistry tests and explain what each one indicates, how they correlate with other tests, and what they really mean. We will also cover some of the more common tests done in-house for viruses and parasites. Common tests sent out to reference labs will be reviewed as well to complete the course.
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
- Identify common problems associated with in-house testing such as hemolysis, icterus and lipemia.
- Identify the common non-enzymatic tests.
- Describe what the tests indicate and how they interrelate with other tests.
- Identify limitations of some of the tests.
- Describe enzymatic tests and how they differ from the non-enzymatic tests.
- Identify the causes for enzyme changes in the dog and cat including the organ(s) that produce them and their interrelation to each other.
- Identify the function and charge of electrolytes and how they differ from enzymes and by-products.
- Describe tests commonly sent out to reference labs including sample preparations and parameters for running the test; including bile acids, cortisol, toxicology, and specific drug testing.
- Identify in-house tests as well as those commonly sent out to a reference laboratory such as for bacteria, viruses and parasites.
- Describe sample collection and preparation, and the goal of the test.
RACE Accreditation: This course has been RACE approved for veterinary technicians/technologists (22-32825). Course Agenda:
Segment 1: Clinical Chemistry
Common issues with in-house testing, common non-enzymatic test, and limitations and interrelations of tests.
Enzymes and Electrolytes
Enzymatic tests, causes for enzyme changes, electrolytes and how they differ from enzymes.
Serology and Virology
In-house tests as well as those commonly sent out to a reference laboratory such as for bacteria, viruses and parasites
Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.
Prices are listed in US dollars.
*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on June 1, 2022 at 5 pm ET (USA) 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 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.
- For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext.792 or email VSPNCE. Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
VSPN CE Coordinator VSPN CE Services: VSPNCE
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