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VSPN CE Course TECH190-0316: Small Mammal Handling and Restraint
Text only: The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly text format.

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Instructor: Shelley Shopsowitz, RVT, BA
Course Open: March 16, 2016-April 16, 2016
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, March 23, 30 and April 6, 2016; 8:00-9:30pm 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 course will be open to veterinary technicians/technologists and support staff actively interested in small mammal handling and restraint.
VSPN CE Course: Open to veterinary technicians/technologists and support staff. This course is approved by RACE for veterinary technicians/technologists. (RACE program #22-13603).

Course Description:
Proper restraint and handling of pets that come into the veterinary practice is extremely important to the safety of both veterinary staff and the animals that we see. In addition, veterinary staff positions outside the traditional veterinary practice require the knowledge and adaptability to handle a variety of animals. Safety is the number one concern for both the staff member and for the animal; proper handling is essential. We will also cover a variety of handling and restraint techniques for each common domestic species. This course is designed to give information that will be helpful to both veterinary assistants and veterinary technicians. It is hoped that in both the message boards and Real Time Sessions, participants will be able to share some of their experiences, as well as pick up helpful techniques and information.

Week 1 (Real Time Session March 23): Dogs

Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 2 (Real Time Session March 30): Cats

Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 3 (Real Time Session April 6): Pocket Pets and Rabbits

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.

*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:
Shelley Shopsowitz, RVT, BA graduated from Seneca College�s Animal Health Technology program. Prior to attending Seneca College, Shelley earned a Bachelor�s Degree of Arts in Spanish (with honors) from University of Toronto. She has completed several advanced education courses in equine medicine through the University of Guelph, Michigan State University and University of Edinburgh. Shelley has worked with both large and small animals over the past sixteen years and has taught over 45 RACE approved continual education courses for VSPN in topics that include dermatology, parasitology, equine nutrition and behavior, small mammal handling and restraint and the VTNE Review.

Total CE Credit: 4.5

Tuition: $90 ($81 early bird special if enrolled by March 9, 2016)

* 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 March 23, 2016, or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
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  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 (22-13603) has been submitted for approval by AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 4.5 CE Credits, with a maximum of 4.5 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinary technician/technologist. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Scientific, the delivery method of Interactive-Distance: (Web-based, Teleconference or Audio-Conference). This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board�s CE requirements.�

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.
* 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.

Charlotte Waack, RVT, CVT
VSPN Director/VSPN CE Interim Director

VSPN CE Services:
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