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VSPN CE Course TECH236-0713: FLUTD-Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

INSTRUCTOR(S): Tina DeVictoria, BS, CVT
COURSE OPEN: July 26-August 18, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Fridays, August 2 and 9, 2013; 9:00pm-10:30pm 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 intermediate course is for veterinary technicians looking for a deeper understanding of feline lower urinary tract disease including pathophysiology, clinical signs and complications of the disease process, diagnostic tests, treatment options, and nursing care. Participants should be well versed in basic feline anatomy and physiology.
This course has RACE approval for veterinary technicians only.

Course Description:
Did you know that only 10% of FLUTD cases are due to urethral obstruction? Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) is not one condition, but describes any disease of the urinary tract that causes straining/painful urination (dysuria), bloody urine (hematuria), and an increase frequency of urination (polyuria). Every member of the hospital team should be familiar with FLUTD and possible causes as it can be critical for the cat's quality of life; not just because urethral obstructions can be deadly, but also because many pet owners may choose to give up their cat or euthanize when urinary problems do not resolve. Understanding the disease process as well as treatment considerations is critical for team members to be both an advocate for the cat and a resource for the veterinarian and client.

This course will consist of two (2) ninety (90) minute Real Time Sessions, 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 earn a certificate of completion for the course.

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.

Tina DeVictoria is a CVT supervisor in active practice as well as teaching in a veterinary assisting program in New Jersey. She has an extensive background in small animal clinical practice with specific interests in feline and emergency critical care medicine. She authored several articles in The NAVTA and Veterinary Technician Journals.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session August 2): The Non-obstructed LUTD Cat
Content: We will begin by covering the pathophysiology of FLUTD including discussion of breed and gender prevalence, clinical signs, diagnostic testing, and treatment options available. We will also follow a non-obstructive case of FLUTD and discuss the outcomes including the nursing care and client education aspects. Participants are encouraged to bring discussions to the course specific to their clinical experiences as FLUTD and prevalence does have geographic and lifestyle variance components as well for these cats.

Week 2 (Real Time Session August 9): The Obstructed LUTD Cat
Content: In this session we will discuss urethral obstructions specifically, including pathophysiology, diagnostic testing and treatment options. We will also follow an obstructive case of FLUTD and discuss the outcomes including the nursing care and client education aspects.


Tuition: $60 ($54) early bird special if enrolled by July 12, 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.

  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 3 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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