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VSPN CE Course TECH184-0913: Pain Management-Basics for a Team-Based Approach


INSTRUCTOR(S): Kara Trent, CVT, VTS (Anes, ECC)
COURSE OPEN: September 27-November 5, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Saturdays, October 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2013; 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.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic level course is open to all members of the veterinary team (veterinarians, credentialed veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, and other staff members) that interact with patients experiencing pain and want a better understanding of general pain management techniques in order to foster the team-based approach to pain management.

VSPN CE Course: This course has been RACE approved for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

Course Description:
If your hospital treats patients that are geriatric and/or arthritic, undergoing surgical procedures, or have clients that need a better understanding of their pet's pain; this course will benefit you and your hospital. This course is designed to review common pain management topics. The main focus of this course is to have participants develop skills to recognize, evaluate, and have a general understanding of treating painful patients in a team-based environment. This course will cover basic pain recognition, commonly used drugs, considerations for surgical/procedural patients, and rehabilitation. We will begin with the basic physiologic characteristics of pain in small animals and progress to common pain management techniques.

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.

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:
Kara Trent has a decade of experience in creating team-based protocols and manuals regarding patient anesthesia and pain management, training team members in all levels to have a better understanding of pain management, as well as educating clients in the general process of pain and pain management.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session October 5): Physiology and the Recognition and Evaluation of Patient Pain
Content: We will begin this week discussing the basics of the physiology of pain. In general the pathways of pain and consequences in pain will be addressed. We will discuss the important roles each team member plays in managing the patients comfort level. We will begin discussing the recognition and evaluation of pain as well as the behavioral and physiologic changes associated with pain. Pain scales will also be reviewed this week.

Week 2 (Real Time Session October 12): Commonly Used Drugs to Treat Pain
Content: During week 2 we will discuss the basics of medications used to treat pain including opioids, NSAIDS, alpha 2- agonists, local anesthetics, and others. We will cover the benefits and potential side effects of these medications. We will reiterate the importance of each team member knowing at least the basics of each of these medications.

Week 3 (Real Time Session October 19): Peri- and Intra-operative Pain Management Considerations
Content: During this week we will discuss the pre- and intra-operative pain management considerations, including the basics of local and regional blocks. We will cover basic drug calculations and constant rate infusions.

Week 4 (Real Time Session October 26): Post-operative Pain Management Considerations
Content: During the last week we will cover basic post-operative pain management considerations. This includes the immediate post-operative thru long term considerations as well as the basics of medications used during this period. We will also discuss the importance of each team member’s communication with clients during this time period. We will briefly cover physical therapy and rehabilitation during this week


Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by September 13, 2013)
* 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 Friday, October 4, 2013, 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 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 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/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 & CE Director
Charlotte Waack, CVT, RVT
VSPN CE Coordinator

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