TECH222-0313: AVNT-Nutrition Series: Feline Obesity
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Ann Wortinger, BIS, LVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM)
March 5-22, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS):
Tuesday, March 12, 2013; 8:00pm-9:30pm ET (USA)
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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.
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*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 advanced course is geared toward veterinary technicians, especially those working toward their VTS in Nutrition.
Participants should already have a strong grasp of basic nutrition and disease processes. The course format is that of a VINgnette where interaction in the message boards discussing case scenarios will be required to enhance the single Real Time Session.
Participants should plan on this more intensive study.
The AVNT Nutrition Series is an on-going program hosted by VSPN in cooperation with the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians (AVNT)
and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) to promote advanced education in animal nutrition for credentialed
veterinary technicians. Candidates for Veterinary Technician Specialist-Nutrition (VTS-Nutrition) through AVNT are eligible
for education credit as specified by the AVNT credential requirements found at http://nutritiontechs.org.
VSPN CE Course:
This course has been RACE approved for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
In this VINgnette we will discuss the diagnostics, management, and treatments used in feline obesity patients. Our guest case will be Gimli, an obese M/N DSH. Key Nutritional Factors, disease, and nutritional
management including client communication and follow up will complete the course.
This course will consist of one (1) ninety (90) minute Real Time Session, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions,
and a mandatory end-of-course test.
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 have an audio component, please be prepared to listen.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
- interpret and explain the predisposing factors associated with feline obesity.
- categorize and support disease management including available diets, portion control, and exercise.
- analyze Key Nutritional Factors for managing an obese feline patient.
- develop and explain a feeding plan and follow up for clients and their cats.
Course Materials: Course materials will be available
in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
About the Instructor:
- Hand, M. S., Thatcher, C. D., Remillard, R. J., Roudebush, P., Novotny, B. J. (Eds). (2010). Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, 5th edition. Mark Morris Institute: Topeka, KS. Purchase through the AVNT Resources webpage: http://nutritiontechs.org/resources (Suggested Reading #1).
has been a LVT for over 29 years, is a published author, and an international speaker on a number
of topics including nutritional management of various diseases. She is currently working on the 2nd edition of
Nutrition for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses published in 2007. Ann received the Jack Mara Memorial Lecture Award in 2012 at the NAVC.
She holds VTS credentials in ECC (2000) and SAIM (2008) and is on the organizing committee for the AVNT.
CE CREDITS: 1.5
Week 1: (Real Time Session March 12): Feline Obesity
Required Reading (prior to March 12 Real Time Session): Chapter 27 pages 501-542
Content: Obesity is one of the most common forms of malnutrition found in cats.
We will discuss the predisposing factors associated with development of obesity in cats,
different types of treatments including OTC and therapeutic diets, portion control, and exercise.
The course will culminate in discussion of client education aspects of this disease, especially directions, and feeding schedules.
$30 ($27 early bird special if enrolled by February 19, 2013).
* 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
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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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