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VSPN CE Course TECH226-0513: AVNT-Nutrition Series: Puppy Nutrition


COURSE OPEN: May 10-27, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Friday, May 17, 2013; 1:00pm-2:30pm 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 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

VSPN CE Course: This course is RACE approved for veterinary technicians only.

Course Description:
In this VINgnette we will discuss nutrition for the juvenile dog from weaning to adulthood. Our case studies will involve Chico the Shih Tzu puppy and Bella the Labrador retriever puppy. We will learn about the differing nutritional needs of puppies, types of available diets, and nutritional disorders or conditions associated with puppyhood. In addition, we will discuss how different puppy diets and specific nutrients may impact dogs throughout their lives.

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.

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 Textbook(s): About the Instructor: Mindy Bough is the Vice President of Operations at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) and Client Services and is responsible for strategic development and management of the APCC and the Pet Nutrition Service as well as call center support programs for other ASPCA departments. She holds multiple degrees and is an organizing committee member for the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians. Mindy frequently publishes articles on toxicology, pet nutrition, and other animal health related topics and is a national veterinary conference speaker.

Course Outline:
Week 1: (Real Time Session May 17): Puppy Nutrition
Required Reading (prior to May 17 Real Time Session): Chapter 5, pg 102 (Neurological Development); Chapter 17, pp 311-319; Chapter 33, pp 667-693.
Content: Inclusion of the correct nutrients and nutrient concentrations is critical for the appropriate development of the puppy. The readings include information about nutrients and their specific effects. Based on problem descriptions listed in the readings, we will discuss clinical findings seen in puppies during the Session as well as further in depth on the message boards with relation to the impact of improper nutrition.


Tuition: $30 ($27 early bird special if enrolled by April 26, 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 at 10am ET on May 17, 2013.

*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 is approved for 1.5 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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