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VSPN CE Course TECH238-0514: Tame That Cat! Get a Better Handle on Feline Anesthesia
Audio and Text: The Real Time Session Lecture will be predominantly text with audio used to answer questions.

INSTRUCTOR: Brenda Feller, CVT, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia)
COURSE OPEN: May 1-18, 2014
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Thursday, May 8, 2014; 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.

*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 basic course is designed for the entire anesthesia team to review the nursing care and techniques involved in anesthesia induction chamber use. The instructor encourages any veterinary staff with experience handling or inducing anesthetic patients utilizing chambers to enroll in this course. Team enrollment is highly encouraged.
VSPN CE Course: This course has RACE approval for veterinary technicians only. The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

Course Description:
Feline anesthesia is not the same as canine anesthesia, and unfortunately this translates to a higher mortality rate for our feline patients. In this course we will discuss how to integrate simple messages into your practice that will produce calm feline patients, the first step in an uneventful anesthesia procedure. The dangers of induction chamber use will be explored, not only to the patient but also the staff members. The end goal is to produce calm feline patients whose owners will not dread bringing them back to our practice and thus increase your practice's bottom line.

This course consists of one (1) Real Time Session of ninety (90) minutes, 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.

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

*The lecture portion of this course will be an 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: There is no required textbook for this course.

Recommended Textbook: Yin, S. (2009). Low Stress Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs and Cats, Techniques For Developing Patients Who Love Their Visits. Davis, California: Cattle Dog Publishing

About the Instructors:
Brenda Feller developed an interest in anesthesia as a student at Michigan State University. After graduation she worked in a general practice for a few years before moving on to the Anesthesia Department at the University of Illinois Veterinary College. In specialty practice her main focus has been anesthesia and pain management. She is also a featured speaker on the topic of anesthesia at a variety of veterinary conferences in the United States and Canada. Brenda is also a VSPN message board moderator for the anesthesia and pain management folders.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session May 8): Calming Felines and Administering Anesthesia
Content: During this single Real Time Session, we will discuss techniques on how to calm your patients prior to anesthesia. Reasoning as to why it is safer for both patients and staff to not use an induction chamber will be discussed. An overview of how you calculate the exact cost of each induction method with the aid of mathematical formulas will be presented. We will then demonstrate how to easily induce 'disgruntled' feline patients with injectable anesthetic drugs.


Tuition: $30 ($27 early bird special if enrolled by April 17, 2014)
* 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 Thursday, May 8, 2014, 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 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.

The CE team:

Charlotte Waack, RVT, CVT
VSPN CE Coordinator

VSPN CE Services:
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 792
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01452226154

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