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VSPN CE Course TECH205-0117: Small Animal Arterial Blood Gas Interpretation
Text only: The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly text format.

  Enrollment is closed

Instructor: Katy Waddell, LVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia & Analgesia)
Course Open: January 2, 2017- February 9, 2017
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Mondays, January 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2017; 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 intermediate course is designed for veterinary technicians that perform blood gases in clinical practice.
VSPN CE Course: Open to veterinary support staff or veterinary support staff only.This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians/technologists.

Course Description:
This course will cover all of the basic components of an arterial blood gas beginning with the physiological integral processes and leading up to scenarios involving some of the pathologies encountered with alterations in acid/base status. This will include arterial oxygenation, carbon dioxide, pH, sodium bicarbonate and base excess. The confusion and mystery of reading an arterial blood gas will be unraveled as we build upon knowledge offered during the course in an effort to provide excellent patient care. Case-based scenarios will be posted on the message boards requiring the participant to interactively discuss the cases and application of interventions for the management of acid/base status. There will be interactive activities in the class library for the participant to enhance their learning experience throughout the course.

Week 1 (Real Time Session January 9): Basic Components of Arterial Blood Gases
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 2 (Real Time Session January 16): Pathogenesis of Metabolic Disorders
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 3 (Real Time Session January 23): Pathogenesis of Respiratory Disorders
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 4 (Real Time Session January 30): Fine Tuning the Art of Interpreting Arterial Blood Gases
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 Instructor:
Katy Waddell, LVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia & Analgesia) has been in the veterinary field for 43 years in small animal, mixed animal, specialty referral practices, 24/7 facilities, academia, and as an author. Katy currently works at Texas A&M University and is responsible for providing nursing care and student instruction for senior and third year veterinary students in addition to acting as mentor for veterinary staff members seeking to obtain distance learning veterinary technology. Additionally, she has the pleasure of being the veterinary technician consultant for Hadukikai Animal Critical Care Center, Osaka, Japan. She also serves as the staff liaison/mentor for multiple student organization, providing wet labs. Her work with the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences has allowed Katy to participate in clinical trials as well as publish articles and book chapters. She lectures and promotes education to veterinary technicians to improve patient care and advocacy on a local, regional, national, and international basis. She is the proud recipient of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association 2013 Veterinary Technician of the Year Award as well as multiple Student Choice Awards for Best Teacher, Best Patient Advocate, and "Cat Whisperer". In 2016, Katy was elected Member at Large for the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and President-Elect for the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia.

Total CE Credit: 6

Tuition: $126 ($113 early bird special if enrolled by December 19, 2016)
All 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 January 9, 2017, or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
  Enrollment is closed
  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 (RACE program number to be determined) has been submitted for approval by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 6.0 CE Credits, with a maximum of 6.0 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinary technician/technologist. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Scientific, Non-Scientific-Practice Management/Professional Development using 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

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