VSPN TECH205-0719: Small Animal Arterial Blood Gas Interpretation

The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a webinar platform.

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Instructor: Katy Waddell, LVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia & Analgesia)
Course Open: July 2, 2019-August 8, 2019
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays; July 9,16, 23 and 30 , 2019; 8:00-9:30pm 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 intermediate course will be open to veterinary technicians/technologists that are actively interested in performing and understanding blood gas readings in clinical practice.
VSPN CE Course: Open to VSPN members
“This program has been approved for 6 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.(22-36603) “

Course Description:
This course will cover all 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 July 9): Basic Components of Arterial Blood Gases
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Describe the physiological process regulating the acid/base status of patients.
  • Recognize the main components of blood gas values.
  • Describe the buffering systems of the body.
  • Practice and evaluate some introductory blood gas examples.
Week 2 (Real Time Session July 16): Pathogenesis of Metabolic Disorders
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Discuss and evaluate with the veterinarian the cause and effect of physiological and metabolic dysfunctions on arterial blood gas results.
  • Discuss the pathogenesis of metabolic acidosis.
  • Discuss the pathogenesis of metabolic alkalosis.
  • Recognize common causes and diagnostics of both metabolic acidosis and alkalosis.
Week 3 (Real Time Session July 23): Pathogenesis of Respiratory Disorders
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Describe normal respiratory physiology.
  • Discuss respiratory acidosis.
  • Discuss respiratory alkalosis.
  • Interpret sample blood gas results and discuss possible interventions.
Week 4 (Real Time Session July 30): Fine Tuning the Art of Interpreting Arterial Blood Gases
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Interpret arterial blood gas results.
  • Discuss some of the differences seen with venous and arterial blood gas values.
  • Apply interventions, based on collaboration with the veterinarian, for the correction of potentially life-threatening acid/base alterations.
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: 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 46 years in small animal, mixed animal, specialty referral practices, 24/7 facilities, academia, and as an author. Katy retired from full time employment in 2017 and currently is a consultant providing in-clinic training, lecturing at local, state, national and international meetings, VSPN instructor and board moderator. Additionally, she has the pleasure of being the veterinary technician consultant for Hadukikai Animal Critical Care Center, Osaka, Japan. She also serves as the President elect of AVTAA and Member at Large for AVECCTN She is the proud recipient of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association 2013 Veterinary Technician of the Year Award as well as multiple Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Student Choice Awards for Best Teacher, Best Patient Advocate, and "Cat Whisperer".

Total CE Credit: 6

Tuition: Member $126 ($113 early bird special if enrolled by June 18, 2019)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on JUly 9, 2019 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
  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 @vspn.org and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
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*Note: "This program has been approved for 6 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. (22-36603)" ;

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 office 800-846-0028 ext. 792 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

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

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