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VSPN CE Course TECH217-1112: Puppies and Kittens-The Basics


INSTRUCTOR(S): Thomas Hansen, DVM
COURSE OPEN: November 16-December 19, 2012
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Sundays, November 25 and December 2 and 9, 2012; 9:30pm-11:30pm 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.

* The instructor for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen. If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend a Practice Session.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic course is designed to provide an overview of pediatric care (puppies and kittens), including important pediatric wellness visit topics, vaccination protocols, and common health conditions.

VSPN CE Course: Open to VIN and VSPN members. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians only.

Course Description:
Appropriate pediatric care and client education is critical part of companion animal practice. It helps set the stage for lifelong health, enhances the bond between owner and pet, and helps avoid common preventable diseases. This course will discuss important topics that need to be covered during wellness visits (such as diet selection, behavior, and husbandry), vaccination and deworming protocols, and common health conditions encountered during the pediatric period.

This course consists of three (3) two hour (2 hr) 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.
** The lecture portion of this course will be an audio presentation. Please be prepared to listen.

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 and and are highly recommended reading PRIOR TO the RTS to enhance the single interactive session format.

Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.
Recommended Textbook(s):

About the Instructors:
Thomas Hansen is a graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and works in both a general practice and an emergency practice in the San Francisco East Bay area. He is currently working towards becoming boarded in canine and feline practice (ABVP).

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session November 25): The Pediatric Visit
Content: The first week will consist of an overview of important topics to cover during pediatric visits. Subjects will include diet selection, behavior, husbandry, and common owner questions and concerns.

Week 2 (Real Time Session December 2): Pediatric Vaccination
Content: A basic overview of immunology, current pediatric vaccination recommendations, and vaccine reactions will be discussed.

Week 3 (Real Time Session December 9): Pediatric Health Concerns
Content: Common pediatric health concerns will be covered with an emphasis on pathophysiology, clinical signs, diagnosis, and treatment.


Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by November 2, 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 enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

*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 has been 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.

Nanette R. Walker Smith, MEd, RVT, CVT, LVT
VSPN Content Director & CE Coordinator

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