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TECH204-0212: When Good Coagulation Goes Bad: Coagulopathies in the Canine and Feline

INSTRUCTOR(S): Katy Waddell, RVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia) and Paula Plummer, RVT, VTS (ECC)

COURSE OPEN: February 13-March 22, 2012

REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Mondays, February 20, 27, and March 5 and 12, 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: This intermediate course is designed for veterinary technicians working toward a specialty certification in emergency/critical care or small animal internal medicine or those working in or wishing more in depth understanding of canine and feline coagulopathy.
VSPN CE Course. This course is RACE approved for veterinary technicians only.

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) 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.
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 39 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. Paula Plummer has been in the veterinary field for over 10 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 Small Animal Intensive Care Unit, has been a Swing Shift Supervisor, and is currently a floater technician in the Small Animal Internal Medicine Department. She teaches skill labs to veterinary students and is a guest lecturer at different locations on emergency and critical care topics.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session February 20): 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.

Week 2 (Real Time Session February 27): 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 March 5): Coagulopathy Involving Primary Hemostasis
Content: This session will cover diseases that primarily affect primary hemostasis and discuss therapies 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 March 12): 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 such as Hemophilia A, Hemophilia B, Vitamin K Deficiency, Liver Failure and Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation.


Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird if registered by January 30, 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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Note: "This course has been approved 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 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.
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