VSPN TECH237-1020: Anesthesia for the Reptile Patient

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

Enrollment is closed.
Presenter: Jody Nugent-Deal, RVT, VTS (Anes, CP-Exot)
Course Open: October 12, 2020-November 19, 2020
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Mondays, October 19, 26 and November 2 and 9, 2020; 9:00-10:30pm ET (USA)
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Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course will cover basic to advanced anesthetic techniques in reptile species commonly seen in companion animal practice including but not limited to snakes, lizards, and chelonians (turtles and tortoises).
VSPN CE Course: Open to veterinary technicians/technologists. “This program has been submitted (but is not yet approved) for 6 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. “

Course Information:
This course will introduce credentialed veterinary technicians to both basic and advanced anesthesia techniques that can be utilized in common pet reptile species such as snakes, turtles, tortoises, and lizards. Basic anatomy and physiology, special anesthetic equipment, drug protocol selection, monitoring techniques, intravenous and intraosseous catheterization, and intubation techniques will be emphasized.

Week 1 (Real Time Session October 19): Overview of Reptilian 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
  • Illustrate a better understanding of basic reptile anatomy and physiology.
  • Discuss common anesthetic drugs used in these unique species.
  • Design drug protocols in cooperation with the veterinarian based on the unique individual needs of the patient.
  • Deliver and monitor inhalant anesthesia via mask and endotracheal tube.
Week 2 (Real Time Session October 26): Equipment Selection for Anesthesia Delivery and Monitoring
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Operate and utilize multi-parameter monitoring equipment.
  • Discuss information regarding blood pressure monitoring, ECG monitoring, ETCO2 and spirometry readings .
  • Analyze case based discussions regarding monitoring these species under anesthesia.
Week 3 (Real Time Session November 2): Physical Examination and Venipuncture Techniques
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Discuss performing a proper physical examination in chelonians, lizards, and snakes.
  • Examine venipuncture sites and techniques in these species.
  • Examine blood sampling procedures.
Week 4 (Real Time Session November 9): In-Depth Discussion on IV and IO Catheterization, Fluid Therapy, Intubation, and Post-operative Recovery and Nursing Care
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Demonstrate placement of intravenous and intraosseous catheters in a variety of sites.
  • Describe the technique of intubating various reptilian species and apply the technique with confidence.
  • Calculate and deliver analgesic drugs and maintenance fluids.
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, 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. Jody also serves on the board for CaRVTA. 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 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, run, road and mountain bike.

Total CE Credit: 6

Tuition: $126 ($113 early bird special if enrolled by September 28, 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 October 19 ,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.

To Enroll:
  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.
  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. 797 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
Enrollment is closed.

“This program has been submitted (but is not yet approved) for 6 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. “

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.

*For more information on VSPN's upcoming CE courses, check the VSPN Course Catalog.

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

VSPN CE Services:
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