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VSPN CE Course TECH204-0114: When Good Coagulation Goes Bad: Coagulopathies in the Canine and Feline


INSTRUCTORS: Katy Waddell, RVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia) and Paula Plummer, RVT, VTS (ECC)
COURSE OPEN: January 27-March 6, 2014
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Mondays, February 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2014; 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. 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 intermediate course is designed for veterinary technicians working toward a specialty certification in emergency/critical care, small animal internal medicine, clinical pathology or those working in or wishing more in depth understanding of canine and feline coagulopathy.
VSPN CE Course:This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians only. The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

Course Description:
This course will encompass the normal hemostasis process and will include diagnostic testing for coagulopathies. The coagulopathies will be broken down into diseases that affect primary and secondary hemostasis. Discussion of some current therapies for the various dysfunctions will be included. Recognition and a deeper understanding of the physiological process of hemostasis and the diseases affecting the process will enhance the veterinary technician's ability to provide patient care in the emergent or critical care setting. Case-based interactions will be posted on the message boards to help the participant in the understanding and the application of current nursing 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. Recommended Textbook(s): Suggested references will be included within the course library.

About the Instructors:
Katy W. Waddell has been in the veterinary field for 40 years in small animal, mixed animal, specialty referral practices, 24/7 facilities as well as in academia and as an author. Katy currently works with the Feline and Canine Internal Medicine Services at Texas A & M University and is responsible for providing nursing care and student instruction for these services. She also is the staff liaison/mentor for multiple student organizations providing wet labs. She lectures and promotes education to veterinary technicians to improve patient care and advocacy. She is the proud recipient of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association 2013 Veterinary Technician of the Year Award. Paula Plummer has been in the veterinary field for over 13 years in academia and small animal private practice. Paula recently attained her VTS (ECC) and currently works at Texas A & M University Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in the Feline Internal Medicine Department. She has worked most of her career in emergency and critical care medicine. She teaches a variety of skill labs to veterinary students and technicians and has lectured at several conferences and online CE courses on emergency and critical care topics.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session February 3): Physiology of Normal Hemostasis
Content: This session will be a review of normal hemostasis in the canine and feline. In depth vascular integrity, primary hemostasis, secondary hemostasis and fibrinolysis will be covered. A comprehensive understanding of the normal hemostasis process will provide the participant with the ability to detect alterations in their patients.

Week 2 (Real Time Session February 10): Diagnostic Testing for a Coagulopathy
Content: This session will cover all diagnostic tests needed in a hospital to confirm a coagulopathy in the patient. In detail tests including but not limited to the following: activated clotting time, buccal mucosal bleeding time, prothrombin time, partial prothrombin time, D-dimer, etc. The who, what, when, where and why's of each test is essential for understanding a coagulopathy in the patient.

Week 3 (Real Time Session February 17): Coagulopathy Involving Primary Hemostasis
Content: This session will cover diseases that primarily affect primary hemostasis and discuss therapies currently available for each disease. This session will cover primary hemostatic diseases such as thrombocytopenia, platelet function defects, and von Willebrand disease.

Week 4 (Real Time Session February 24): Coagulopathy Involving Secondary Hemostasis
Content: This session will cover diseases that primarily affect secondary hemostasis with therapies and discuss therapies for each disease. This session will cover secondary hemostatic diseases including but not limited to; hemophilia, vitamin K deficiency, liver failure and disseminated intravascular coagulation.


Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by January 13, 2014)
* 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 Monday, February 3, 2014, 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 submitted for approval 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.

The CE team:

Charlotte Waack, RVT, CVT
VSPN CE Coordinator

VSPN CE Services:
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 972
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01452226154

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