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VSPN CE Course TECH246-1017: Anesthesia for the Cardiac Patient
Text only: The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly text format.

  Enrollment is closed.

Instructor: Katy Waddell, LVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia)
Course Open: October 18, 2017-November 25, 2017
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, October 25, November 1, November 8, November 15, 2017; 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 intermediate course is focused toward individuals seeking to expand their knowledge of cardiac function, cardiovascular anesthesia monitoring and the analgesic/anesthetic agents that might be more appropriate for certain types of cardiac compromise.
VSPN CE Course: Open to VIN and VSPN members. This course has been RACE approved for veterinary technicians/technologists.(22-30732)

Course Description:
Anesthesia on healthy patients is not without complications and is too often taken for granted and performed without adequate planning or preparation. Patients undergoing anesthesia with heart disease present a bit more of a challenge than healthy patients. Those patients who require anesthesia for diagnostic or therapeutic procedures require the technician anesthetist to bring their �A game� to ensure a safe and event free anesthesia. To help ensure patient safety, this course will cover a review of cardiac anatomy, physiology and various cardiac diseases as well as pharmacology, anesthetic plans, monitoring, and additional issues that may occur with the cardiac patient while under anesthesia. Several case scenarios will be presented to help the participant extrapolate information learned in earlier Real Time Sessions and put together a safe anesthetic plan for the cardiac compromised patient.

Week 1 (Real Time Session October 25): Cardiac Function
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 2 (Real Time Session November 1): Common Congenital Cardiac Defects
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 3 (Real Time Session November 8): Acquired Cardiac Diseases and Their Challenges
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 4 (Real Time Session November 15): Case Scenarios for the Cardiac Patient
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to 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 Instructor:
Katy Waddell, LVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia & Analgesia) has been in the veterinary field for 43 years in small animal, mixed animal, specialty referral practices, 24/7 facilities, academia, and as an author. Katy currently works at Texas A&M University and is responsible for providing nursing care and student instruction for senior and third year veterinary students in addition to acting as mentor for veterinary staff members seeking to obtain distance learning veterinary technology. Additionally, she has the pleasure of being the veterinary technician consultant for Hadukikai Animal Critical Care Center, Osaka, Japan. She also serves as the staff liaison/mentor for multiple student organization, providing wet labs. Her work with the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences has allowed Katy to participate in clinical trials as well as publish articles and book chapters. 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 as well as multiple Student Choice Awards for Best Teacher, Best Patient Advocate, and "Cat Whisperer". In 2016, Katy was elected Member at Large for the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and President-Elect for the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia.

Total CE Credit: 6

Tuition: $126 ($113 early bird special if enrolled by October 4, 2017)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

* 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 ET on October 25, 2017, or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
  Enrollment is closed.
  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 program 22-30732 is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 0.00 CE Credits (0.00 max) being available to any one veterinarian: and/or 6.00 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (6.00 max). This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Category One: Scientific using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance. This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements. RACE does not "accredit" or "endorse" or "certify" any program or person, nor does RACE approval validate the content of the program."

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 Director

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