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VSPN CE Course TECH233-1113: AVNT-Nutrition Series: Cardiology and Nutrition


INSTRUCTOR: Kara Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition)
COURSE OPEN: November 5-22, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Tuesday, November 12, 2013; 8:00pm-9:30pm 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 instructors 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 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 (N AVTA) 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 has been RACE approved for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

Course Description:
In this VINgnette we will discuss nutritional management of cardiovascular disease. We will first review the prevalence and risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease in dogs and cats. This course will also offer an in-depth look at Key Nutritional Factors associated with cardiovascular disease and overall nutritional management. We complete the course with an interactive review of cases of cardiovascular disease and the importance of nutritionally managing these cases.

This course consists of one (1) ninety (90) minute Real Time Session, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory end-of-course test.The instructor places emphasis on Message Board participation as an important component of the learning process. 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 combine both text 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.

Required Textbook(s):

About the Instructor: Kara M. Burns is President of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians (AVNT). As an LVT with two Master’s degrees (Physiology and Counseling Psychology) she lectures internationally and has authored several articles and textbook chapters on nutrition. Kara attained her VTS in Nutrition. Kara sits on numerous national boards and committees. She was recognized as the NAVTA 2010 Veterinary Technician of the Year, the 2011 Dr. Franklin Loew Lecturer, and is the 2013 NAVC Technician Speaker of the Year. She was awarded an honorary VTS by both the Academy of Internal Medicine Veterinary Technicians and the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session November 12, 2013): Cardiology and Nutrition
Required Reading (prior to November 12, 2013, Real Time Session): Chapter 36 pp. 733-763; and course library contents
Content: Cardiovascular disease and congestive heart failure (CHF) are common conditions in dogs and cats. Nutrition is an important part of management of cardiac disease and each patient should have a nutritional assessment and specific dietary recommendation as part of their overall disease management. The majority of the discussion will focus on the goals of nutritional management of cardiac patients and how Key Nutritional Factors aid in managing the signs and symptoms resulting from cardiovascular disease. We will review cases during the Real Time Session and expect participants to continue to interact in the message board discussions working through actual in clinic cases.


Tuition: $30 ($27 early bird special if enrolled by October 22, 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 5pm ET November 12, 2013. 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 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 & CE Director
Charlotte Waack, CVT, RVT
VSPN CE Coordinator

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