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VSPN CE Course TECH185-0113: The Complete Urinalysis Module 1-Collection, Chemistries, and Sediments


INSTRUCTOR(S): Cheryl Stockman, MT (ASCP) & Joyce Knoll, VMD, PhD, DACVP
COURSE OPEN: January 16-February 16, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Wednesdays, January 23, 30, and February 6, 2013; 8:30pm-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 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 one of the Practice Sessions.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic course is designed to provide the veterinary technician with in-depth, useable knowledge on how to perform a urinalysis, as well as information about factors that affect accuracy of results. This course is highly recommended prior to taking The Complete Urinalysis Module 2. Technical aspects of performing a urinalysis will NOT be covered in the next module.

VSPN CE Course: Open to VSPN and VIN members. This course has been approved for veterinary technicians and veterinarians.

Course Description:
Urinalysis is most accurate when performed soon after sample collection. Veterinarians often rely on veterinary technicians to perform this analysis. This course is designed to provide the veterinary technician with in-depth, useable knowledge on how to perform a urinalysis, as well as information about factors that affect accuracy of results. The skills covered in this class are best learned by the team of the veterinarian and veterinary technician in an effort to work together in finding all diagnostics accurately and combining them to aid the veterinarian in formulating a diagnosis.

This course consists of three (3) ninety (90) 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 earn a certificate of completion for the course.
*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.

Required Textbooks: There are no required textbooks for this course.
Recommended Textbook:
Mundt, L. A. & Shanahan, K. (2010). Graff's Textbook of Routine Urinalysis and Body Fluids, 2nd ed. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co.

About the Instructor:
Cheryl Stockman
has been a supervising medical technologist at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine for 20 years working closely with Joyce Knoll, DVM, DACVP teaching clinical pathology to veterinary students. She has also worked as an assistant in a veterinary hospital for more than 20 years giving her the ability to understand and teach in both the academic and general practice fields. Dr. Joyce Knoll has been overseeing veterinary clinical pathology testing and teaching veterinary students at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine for 22 years.

Course Outline:
Weeks 1 (Real Time Session January 23): How to Perform a Urinalysis and the Effects of Sample Collection
Content: This session of the course will go through the steps of a urinalysis (with a few possibly surprising recommendations along the way) and will review how sample collection can affect results. The emphasis during this session will be on chemical analysis of urine and specific gravity determination. The rationale for using tests such as Ictotest� tablets or the sulfosalicylic acid test to confirm chemical dipstick results will be discussed.

Week 2: (Real Time Session January 30): Microscopic Evaluation of Urine Sediment
Content: This session will use images to illustrate common and uncommon (but clinically significant) abnormalities that can be found in urine sediment. The discussion will cover common pitfalls when looking at urine sediment, pros and cons of using Sedi-stain�, and the clinical significance of certain findings. Guidelines for identification of elements in unstained preparations and information on additional techniques that can be used to confirm the presence of bacteria or aid in identification of unknown crystals will be provided.

Week 3: (Real Time Session February 6): Review of Urine Sediment Abnormalities
Content: In this session, participants will have a chance to challenge their procedural knowledge and test their ability to identify urine sediment elements. This session will consist of image after image of "What is it?" Using the polling function, participants will individually assess their ability to identify structures discussed in Real Time Sessions and those seen submitted every day in a working lab. Processing and testing questions will be also used in the same manner. It will be a session based on interactive polling, without the traditional lecture-like format.


Tuition: $90 ($81 early bird special if enrolled January 2, 2013).
*Enroll in both Modules by January 23, 2013 and receive a 15% discount off the regular course price.
*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).
NOTE: 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 approved for 4.5 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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