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VSPN CE Course TECH244-0615: Canine and Feline Endocrine Diseases Module 1
Text only: The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly text format.


Instructor: Paula Plummer, LVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM)
Course Open: June 8, 2015-July 16, 2015
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Mondays, June 15, 22, 29 and July 6; 8:00-9:30pm ET
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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 geared toward veterinary technicians seeking in-depth information on endocrine diseases in canines and felines. This course is also designed for veterinary technicians working toward a specialty certification in emergency/critical care or small animal internal medicine. Module 1 is a required pre-requisite for Module 2.
VSPN CE Course: This course has been RACE approved for veterinary technicians only. The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

Course Description:
The Canine and Feline Endocrine Diseases course will give the participant a complete understanding of physiology of the endocrine system before discussing pathophysiology. Module 1 will address the endocrine system as a whole and then break down the pituitary gland, thyroid gland and parathyroid gland. Each week the participant will be expected to be a part of activities or case based discussions that will be presented in the class to help them better understand the endocrine system and it's abnormalities.

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 Instructor:
Paula Plummer has been at Texas A&M University since 2007, first working in the Small Animal ICU and then moving to the Feline Internal Medicine service in 2011. She graduated from Murray State College in Tishomingo, OK and has been a registered veterinary technician since 2000. In 2011 she received her veterinary technician specialty in emergency and critical care and in 2014 she received her second VTS in small animal internal medicine. Paula has spent most of her career in academia working in the critical care unit or feline internal medicine teaching veterinary students tasks that will help them be a better patient advocates when they graduate. Paula is also involved in teaching technicians in online programs and being a guest lecturer and lab instructor at local, regional and national continuing education symposiums. When she is not working, Paula enjoys spending time with her husband and furry 4 legged family.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session June 15): The Endocrine System: What Does It Do?
Content: This week will be jam packed with information about the entire normal endocrine system. It is important to understand normal before abnormal is presented to us. All the major hormones in the body, how they are secreted and specific affects they have on the body will be reviewed.

Week 2 (Real Time Session June 22): The Pituitary Gland: I Need A Drink of Water!
Content: The pituitary gland is a small gland that can affect the body in so many different ways. Normal function of the gland along with the hormones it secretes will be covered. Pathophysiology of the pituitary gland gone wrong will be discussed in a manner that will have the participant walk away with a new understanding of each condition. Diagnostics, treatment options, nursing care and client education will be reviewed with each condition including pituitary dwarfism, acromegaly and diabetes insipidus.

Week 3 (Real Time Session June 29): The Thyroid Gland: Little Gland, Big Problems!
Content: That little gland that controls so many things is quit magnificent. Once a complete understanding of exactly what the thyroid gland does will help a technician why our patients are the way they are when thyroid conditions occur. Diagnostics, treatment options a veterinarian may prescribe, nursing care and client education will be reviewed with hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.

Week 4 (Real Time Session July 6): The Parathyroid Gland, How About That Calcium?
Content: If you thought the thyroid gland was small wait until we take a look at the parathyroid gland. However, the parathyroid gland doesn�t have its hand in quit as much as its neighbor. Again we will discuss normal physiology before diving into pathophysiology. Diagnostics, treatment options a veterinarian my prescribe, nursing care and client education will be reviewed with hypoparathyroidism and hyperparathyroidism in the canine and feline patient.

CE Credits: 6

Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by May 31, 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).
**Enroll in both modules by June 15, 2015 and receive a 15% discount off the original course price.
*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on June 15, 2015 at 5 PM ET, 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 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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