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VSPN CE Course TECH176-0614: Canine and Feline Diseases Overview
Audio and Text: In some of the course Real Time Sessions the lecture will be predominantly audio
while in others the lecture will be predominantly text.


INSTRUCTOR(S): Barb Burri, MEd, MBA, CVT, LVT and Jennifer Kollock, AAS, RVT
COURSE OPEN: June 30-August 7, 2014
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Mondays, July 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2014; 8:30-10:00pm 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.

*The instructors 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 one of the Practice Sessions.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic level course will provide an overview of canine and feline diseases with an emphasis on the client education and communication veterinary support staff should know in small animal practice.
VSPN CE Course: This course has been RACE approved for veterinary technicians only.
The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

Course Description:
Veterinary team members should be able to recognize and describe the many diseases and conditions diagnosed in the small animal veterinary hospital. Support staff should be able to help educate clients in the process of how a veterinarian diagnoses disease, body systems involved, and follow up care after diagnosis. This course will also give an overview of diagnostic testing, symptoms of diseases, follow up protocols, dietary needs for some diseases and client education for canine and feline species. Preventable diseases will also be included to alert staff to the symptoms of these diseases and to better educate clients in the value of vaccination.

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.

To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

*The lecture portion of this course will combine both text and 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.

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

About the Instructors:
Barb Burri is a staff member at VSPN, is an adjunct faculty member in the veterinary technology program at Great Bay Community college and teaches several other VSPN courses. Jennifer Kollock is an instructor at Harrison College School of Veterinary Technology and has several years of experience in emergency and critical care medicine.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session July 7): Preventive Health and Gastrointestinal Diseases
Content: The first week will include diseases for which we commonly vaccinate; pancreatitis, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, diarrhea and vomiting. Information will include testing, patient care, and client education.

Week 2 (Real Time Session July 14): Endocrine Disorders and Musculoskeletal Diseases
Content: Endocrine disorders can sometimes be difficult to explain to the client. Week 2 will cover testing, treatment and client education for diabetes, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing's disease) and hypoadrenocorticism (Addison's disease). We will also be discussing musculoskeletal diseases that are seen in dogs and cats including hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis, luxating patella and cruciate ligament rupture

Week 3 (Real Time Session July 21): Renal and Cardiovascular Diseases
Content: Cardiovascular and renal diseases are diagnosed frequently in the veterinary clinic. While we are not able to "cure" these diseases, they can be manageable medical conditions. Week 3 will include treatment involved, dietary concerns, and management of chronic renal failure, glomerular nephritis, congestive heart failure and high blood pressure.

Week 4 (Real Time Session July 28): Respiratory Disease and Cancer
Content: Respiratory issues and cancer are becoming more prevalent in veterinary medicine. During our last week we will discuss testing, treatment, and client education of asthma, heartworm disease, lymphoma, osteosarcoma, mast cell tumors and hemangiosarcoma.


Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by June 16, 2014)

* 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 5 pm ET July 4, 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 800-846-0028, ext. 792 or email 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 CE at 800-846-0028, ext. 792 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 800-846-0028, ext. 792 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VSPN office at 800-846-0028, ext. 792.

*For more information on VSPN's upcoming CE courses, check the VSPN Course Catalog.

The CE team:

Charlotte Waack, RVT, CVT
VSPN CE Director

VSPN CE Services:
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 792
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01452226154

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