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VSPN CE Course TECH197-0518: Avian Hematology and Cytology
Audio only: The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly audio format.
Please come prepared to listen.

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Instructors: Jenni Jenkins-Perez, AA, BASc (VT), LVT, CVT, and Michelle LaBelle-Lake, CVT, VTS (ECC)
Course Open: May 16, 2018-June 23, 2018
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, May 23, 30, June 6 and 13, 2018; 9:00-10:30pm ET (USA)
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To prepare for your online experience, review the VIN-VSPN CE informational video prior to the course open date.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic course is designed for all veterinary support staff handling avian patients and performing diagnostic hematology and cytologic tests. Course participants should be familiar with avian medicine and be actively involved in performing laboratory procedures.
VSPN CE Course: Open to veterinarians, veterinary technicians/technologists, support staff, veterinary teams, etc.
This course has been RACE approved for veterinary technicians/technologists. (22-32601)

Course Description:
Participants will learn how to perform a full hematological and cytological evaluation of the avian patient. Topics will include sample handling and preparation, cell evaluation, calculations and counts, and blood parasites. The cytology portion of this course will cover the basics of avian cytology, including how to safely collect samples for cytologic evaluation from the avian patient, how to prepare those samples, and how to identify the differences between inflammation and neoplasia in avian species

Week 1 (Real Time Session May 23): Sample Collection and Handling
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 2 (Real Time Session May 30): Red Blood Cell and White Blood Cell Identification and Morphology and Avian Blood Parasites
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 3 (Real Time Session June 6): Sample Collection, Preparation, Staining for Cytologic Evaluation
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 4 (Real Time Session June 13): Avian Inflammatory Cells, Benign Neoplasia, Criteria for Malignancy, and Abnormal Findings
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.

*The lecture portion of this course will be an audio presentation, please be prepared to listen.

*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: There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Instructors:
Jenni Jenkins-Perez has years of experience with various reptile species ranging from anoles to Nile crocodiles in both zoo/aquarium practice and private practice. Currently, she is a part-time veterinary technician for a veterinary specialty practice and is past-president of the Veterinary Laboratory Association.

Michelle LaBelle-Lake has devoted her emergency and critical care skills to exotics and wildlife. She founded and operates the Wildlife Intensive and Critical Care Unit (WICCU). A not for profit organization which focuses on providing similar medical care to wildlife that we provide to domestic animals. Michelle was once an intern under Jenniís guidance and continues to be passionate about laboratory diagnostics. When not out rescuing or rehabilitating wildlife, Michelle is an instructor for Argosy University in the Veterinary Technology Program.

Total CE Credit: 6

Tuition: $126 ($113 early bird pricing if enrolled by May 2, 2018)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

* 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 May 23, 2018, or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

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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 22-32601 is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 0.00 CE Credits (0.00 max) being available to any one veterinarian: and/or 6.00 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (6.00 max). This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Category One: Scientific using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance. This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements. RACE does not "accredit" or "endorse" or "certify" any program or person, nor does RACE approval validate the content of the program."

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.

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

Lisa Kernaghan, LVT, RVT, CVT, VTS (ECC)
VSPN CE Coordinator

VSPN CE Services:
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