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VSPN CE Course TECH243-0415: ICU Boot Camp
Text only: The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly text format.

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Instructor(s): Katy Waddell, LVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia) and Paula Plummer, LVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM)
Course Open: April 6, 2015-May 14, 2015
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Mondays, April 13, 20, 27 and May 4,2015; 8:00-9:30pm 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.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic course is designed for veterinary technicians or assistants that have recently entered the field and would like to advance their knowledge of intensive care unit protocols and monitoring.
VSPN CE Course: Open to VSPN members. This course has been RACE approved for veterinary technicians only. The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

Course Description:
The intensive care unit is the core of most veterinary hospitals. This course will help give you the knowledge to be able to manage your cases well. We will start with infection control by learning how to protect yourself and patients with suggested protocols for the hospitalized patient. We will present a logical approach to patient assessment and nursing care. This course will also bring you up to date with the current recommendations for performing CPR. Medical math will be covered, calculating drug dosages, constant rate of infusions, and nutritional requirements. This course will also discuss shift work and some methods to prevent compassion fatigue and burnout to benefit both you and your patients.

This course consists of four (4) Real Time Sessions of ninety (90) minutes each, 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.

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.

About the Instructors:
Katy Waddell has been in the veterinary field for 42 years in small animal, mixed animal, specialty referral practices, 24/7 facilities as well as in academia and as an author. Katy currently works with the Feline and Canine Internal Medicine Services at Texas A & M University and is responsible for providing nursing care and student instruction for these services. She also is the staff liaison/mentor for multiple student organizations providing wet labs. She lectures and promotes education to veterinary technicians to improve patient care and advocacy on a local, regional, national and international basis. She is the proud recipient of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association 2013 Veterinary Technician of the Year Award. Paula Plummer has been in the veterinary field for over 15 years in academia and small animal private practice. Paula attained her VTS (ECC) in 2011 and her VTS (SAIM) in 2014. She currently works at Texas A & M University Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in the Feline Internal Medicine Department. She has worked most of her career in emergency and critical care medicine and feline internal medicine. She teaches a variety of skill labs to veterinary students and technicians and has lectured at several conferences and online CE courses on internal medicine, emergency and critical care topics.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session April 6): Infection Control and Infectious Diseases: How Prepared Are You as a Care Giver?
Content: This Real Time Session will provide insight and instruction into infection prevention and control strategies which should be an important part of every veterinary facility. These protocols should be designed to protect patients, owners, veterinary personnel and the community. All veterinary personnel should play an active role in protecting every person and animal associated with the veterinary clinic. Routine practices, risk reduction, and risk assessment of animals and personnel with regard to disease transmission and disease susceptibility will be covered.

Week 2 (Real Time Session April 13): Patient Assessment and CPR
Content: During the start of a career in the ICU learning how to assess a patient and knowing every role in CPR can be challenging. Patient assessment will be presented in a logical step by step approach to help further the ICU technician's skill set. The latest CPR recommendations using the RECOVER Initiative will be discussed thoroughly.

Week 3 (Real Time Session April 20): And Who Doesn�t Love Medical Math?
Content: During this Real Time Session we will review weight conversions, how to read and understand drug labels, calculate fluid needs and replacement calculations, calculate nutritional needs, dosage calculations, CRI calculations and administration.

Week 4 (Real Time Session April 27): Avoiding Burnout in the ICU
Content: Burnout and compassion fatigue are two things an ICU technician battles on a regular basis. It is no secret that the nature of the job, hours worked and hospital politics can play a negative role in veterinary medicine. Learn how to take control of stress, decompress and get to know when your body has reached its limit. Everyone deserves to take care of themselves.

CE Credits: 6

Tuition: $120($108 early bird special if enrolled by March 23, 2015)

* 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 Monday April 13, 2015, 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 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 800-846-0028 ext. 792 or email Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is approved for 6 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 CE at 800-846-0028 ext. 792 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 VSPN office 800-846-0028 ext. 792 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VSPN office at 800-846-0028 ext. 792.

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

Charlotte Waack, RVT, CVT
VSPN Director/VSPN CE Interim Director

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