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TECH195-0612: Therapeutic Nutrition for Management of Disease in the Canine and Feline

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COURSE OPEN: June 5-July 6, 2012

REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Tuesdays, June 12, 19, 26, 2012; 8:00pm-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. Times and dates will be listed in your course confirmation email. Expect to spend up to 1 hour at one of the 2-4 practice sessions held prior to the first Real Time Session.

Level and Prerequisites: All members of the veterinary support staff may join the course and its discussions; however this intermediate level course places an emphasis on the anatomy and physiology of the different systems and how nutrition can help manage the specific disease process. An understanding of anatomy and physiology is highly recommended.
VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians only.

Course Description:
Advancements in veterinary nutrition continue to occur and the main goal is how do we do this in conjunction with disease? Nutrition is more than just a source of nutrients. These nutrients of concern or Key Nutritional Factors (KNF) are examined for specific food characteristics that have relevance to specific disease treatment or prevention goals. Veterinary support staff can provide essential input to clients in explaining how the recommended therapeutic nutrition will help to modify a patient's response to a disease. This is also relevant in implementing support, and providing extended follow up care with the patients. This course will provide the tools to accomplish a nutritional recommendation for a specific disease process, provide client education, as well as patient support.

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 be considered for a course certificate of completion.

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

About the Instructor: Mary Mould is a veterinary technician educator and has taught small animal nutrition for six years. Her experience in small animal practice as well as instructing in veterinary technology distance programs has provided solid experience in understanding the advancements of nutrition in managing disease in patients.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session June 12): Why Use Therapeutic Nutrition?
Content: Recognizing the physiology of a specific disease and how therapeutic nutrition can manage and elicit a positive response to the disease. We will work through various diseases an animal may have starting with therapeutic nutrition in obesity management and mobility problems. Included will be a discussion on the Key Nutritional Factors (KNF) important in managing weight loss and mobility problems in dogs and cats. Calculating a diet recommendation will be discussed and case studies will be given to practice your skills in recommending and calculating a feeding plan for weight loss in both dogs and cats.

Week 2 (Real Time Session June 19): Therapeutic Nutrition in Managing Gastrointestinal, Diabetes, Liver, Renal and Lower Urinary Tract Disease (LUTD) Diseases
Content: We will look at each individual disease, discussing the physiology of the disease, and how therapeutic nutrition can help to manage and create a response to the disease. There will be case studies in recommending the best nutrition according to the key nutritional factors for each specific disease.

Week 3 (Real Time Session June 26): Therapeutic Nutrition in Managing Adverse Reactions, Brain Aging, Cardiovascular, Recovery and Neoplasia Disease
Content: We will look at each individual disease, discussing the physiology of the disease, and how therapeutic nutrition can help to manage and create a response to the disease. There will be case studies in recommending the best nutrition according to the key nutritional factors for each specific disease.


Tuition: $90 ($81 early bird if registered by May 22, 2012).
*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 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 will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

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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.
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Note: "This course has been submitted for RACE approval 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 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).
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