VSPN TECH235-1120: Anesthesia for the Avian Patient

The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a webinar platform.

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Presenter: Jody Nugent-Deal, RVT, VTS (Anes, CP-Exot)
Course Open: November 16, 2020-December 24, 2020
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Mondays, November 23, 30 and December 7 and 14; 9:00-10:30pm ET (USA)
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Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course will be open to veterinary technicians/technologists interested in anesthetic techniques in avian species commonly seen in companion animal practice such as pet parrots, finches, canaries, birds of prey (falconry birds), chickens, and waterfowl.
VSPN CE Course: “This program has been approved for 6 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. “(22-43769)

Course Information:
This course will introduce credentialed veterinary technicians and veterinarians to both basic and advanced anesthesia techniques which can be utilized in common companion pet birds such as parrots, passerines, ducks, geese, and chickens. Basic anatomy and physiology, special equipment, drug protocol selection, monitoring techniques, intravenous and intraosseous catheterization, and intubation techniques will be emphasized. Advanced anesthetic techniques such as analgesic constant rate infusions and air sac cannulation will be discussed in detail.

Week 1 (Real Time Session November 23): Overview of Avian Anatomy and Physiology and Anesthesia Drug Selection for Premedication, Induction and Maintenance Anesthesia
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Understand the basic differences in anatomy and physiology between common companion avian species.
  • Become familiar with the common anesthetic drugs used in avian patients and how they relate to the procedure being performed.
  • Analyze case-based examples of proper selection of anesthetic protocols.
Week 2 (Real Time Session November 30): Equipment Selection for Anesthesia Delivery and Monitoring
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Select monitoring equipment for avian anesthesia.
  • Outline how we operate and utilize multi-parameter monitoring equipment.
  • Analyze case base examples of avian anesthesia relating to equipment selection.
Week 3 (Real Time Session December 7): Physical Examination & Venipuncture Techniques
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Understand and perform a proper physical exam in avian species.
  • Discuss and be familiar with venipuncture sites in companion avian species.
  • Have the ability to calculate blood volume and understand how much can be safely taken from an avian patient.
Week 4 (Real Time Session December 14): In-Depth Discussion of the Usefulness of Balanced Anesthesia, Calculating CRIs, IV and IO Catheterization, Fluid Therapy, Intubation, Air Sac Cannulation, and Successful Recovery Techniques
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Discuss the usefulness and benefits of multi-modal or balanced anesthetic techniques in companion avian species.
  • Outline vascular access and intraosseous catheter placement as well as common fluids used in companion avian patients before, during, and after anesthesia.
  • Examine air sac cannulation and its usefulness to induction and maintenance of anesthesia.
  • Ability to provide successful post-operative care to avian patients.
Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

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.

About the Presenter:
Jody Nugent-Deal, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia, Exotic Companion Animal) has worked for the University of California-Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital since 1999, working in the companion exotics department for 10 years and currently the small animal anesthesia department where she is the supervisor. Ms. Nugent-Deal is a founding member of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice and is the executive secretary for the group as well as the appeals committee chair. Jody is an active member with the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia having served on the nominations, credentials, and appeals committees. Jody is currently a Member At Large for the AVTAA. Ms. Nugent-Deal has lectured throughout North America since 2000 on anesthesia and various exotic animal topics. Jody has published numerous articles and book chapters for both canine/feline and exotic animal medicine and anesthesia topics. Jody is an adjunct professor for Penn Foster Veterinary Technology Program and an instructor for both VSPN and VetMedTeam and she has a special interest in anesthesia, analgesia, pain management and critical care in exotics and dogs and cats. In Jody’s spare time, she loves to read, visit the ocean, and run really far.

Total CE Credit: 6

Tuition: $126 ($113 early bird special if enrolled by November 2, 2020)
* Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CVMA approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status).

Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on November 23, 2020 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

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  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 @vspn.org and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
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“This program has been approved for 6 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. “(22-43769)

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 office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

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Lisa Kernaghan, LVT, RVT, CVT, VTS (ECC)
VSPN CE Coordinator

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