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VSPN CE Course TECH227-1015: Anesthesia for Companion Exotic Small Mammals
Audio and Text: In some of the course Real Time Sessions the lecture will be predominantly audio
while in others the lecture will be predominantly text.

Instructor: Jody Nugent-Deal, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia, Exotic Companion Animal
Course Open: October 5- November 12, 2015
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Monday, October 12, 19, 26, and November 2, 2015, 8:30-10:00pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter

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 one of the Practice Sessions.

Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course will cover basic to advanced anesthetic techniques in exotic small mammals seen in companion animal practice such as rabbits, ferrets, Guinea pigs, chinchillas, and small rodents. Veterinary technicians will benefit from this course to enhance team medicine and patient care. Participants in this course should have some prior clinical experience with anesthesia delivery in small companion animals such as dogs, cats, and/or exotic small mammals.
VSPN CE Course: This course has been RACE approved for veterinary technicians only.
The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

Course Description:
This course will introduce veterinary support staff to both basic and advanced anesthesia techniques which can be utilized on common exotic small mammals such as rabbits, ferrets, Guinea pigs, chinchillas, and small rodents. Special equipment, drug protocol selection, monitoring techniques, catheterization, and intubation techniques will be emphasized. Advanced anesthetic techniques such as epidural anesthesia/analgesia and analgesic constant rate infusions will be discussed in detail.

This course consists of of four (4) ninety (90) 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 earn a certificate of completion for the course.

*The lecture portion of this course will be an audio presentation, please be prepared to listen.

*To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

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): There is no required textbook for this course.

Recommended Textbook(s):

About the Instructor:
Jody Nugent-Deal graduated from Yuba College Veterinary Technology Program in 1998, and worked in a small animal practice in northern California until starting her career at UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) in 1999. She worked almost 10 years in the Companion Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine and Surgery Service before moving to the Small Animal Anesthesia Department where she is supervisor and the primary veterinary technician providing anesthesia care for the exotic animals. Jody achieved her VTS in Anesthesia/Analgesia in 2009 and is actively involved in the credentials committee for the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists. She is a founding member of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice - Exotic Companion Animal group serving as the acting executive secretary and appeals committee chair. Jody has a special interest in pain management, anesthesia, analgesia, and emergency and critical care management of dogs, cats, and exotic animals.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session October 12): Equipment Selection for Anesthesia Delivery and Monitoring
Content: This session will include information about how and why specific monitoring equipment is chosen for exotic animal anesthesia. Specific equipment such as the ECG, ETCO2, pulse oximetry, Doppler, blood pressure monitoring (direct and indirect), ventilators, and spirometry will be discussed in detail. This session will end with case based discussion relating to anesthetic equipment selection.

Week 2 (Real Time Session October 19): Physical Examination Techniques & Anesthesia Drug Selection for Premedication, Induction, Maintenance, CRI, and Epidurals
Content: This session will start with a brief discussion on performing a proper physical examination in exotic small mammals followed by a basic pharmacologic review of common anesthetic drugs used in these unique species. There will be a detailed discussion about how and why a specific anesthetic drug protocol is chosen including how different disease processes and ASA status affect protocol selection. The session will end with a clinical presentation of a patient requiring anesthesia. As a group, we will design an anesthetic protocol together to sum up what has been learned.

Week 3 (Real Time Session October 26): In-Depth Discussion of the Usefulness of Balanced Anesthesia, Calculating CRIs, and Epidurals
Content: This session will discuss the usefulness and benefits of multi-modal or "balanced" anesthetic techniques in exotic small mammals. Participants will learn how to calculate and administer drugs into the epidural space as well as what drugs are commonly used for epidural anesthesia and analgesia. Common drugs used for constant rate infusions (CRIs) and local blocks will also be discussed. Participants will learn how to properly and safely calculate dosages on even the smallest patients.

Week 4 (Real Time Session November 2): Intubation Techniques and IV and IO Catheterization and Fluid Therapy
Content: This session will discuss tips and tricks to make rabbit and ferret intubation more successful. Several different techniques will be discussed in depth and a variety of pictures and videos will be used to aid in teaching. Vascular access and intraosseous catheter placement will be presented as well as common fluids used in exotic small mammals before, during, and after anesthesia. This session will also include a brief discussion on how to calculate percent solutions such as dextrose.

CE Credits: 6

Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by September 21, 2015)

* 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 5 PM ET October 12, 2015, or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*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 800-846-0028 ext. 792 or email Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is approved 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 CE at 800-846-0028 ext. 792 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 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

VSPN CE Services:
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