VSPN TECH248-0719: Basic Exotic Small Mammal Nursing

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

Enrollment is closed.

Jody Nugent-Deal, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia-Analgesia, Clinical Practice-Exotics)

Course Open: July 14, 2019-August 21, 2019
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Sundays, July 21, 28 and August 4,and 11, 2019; 8:30-10:00pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter

To prepare for your online experience, review the VIN-VSPN CE informational video prior to the course open date.

Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course will be open to veterinarians, veterinary technicians/technologists, and support staff actively interested in seeing exotic small mammal patients in practice or having an interest in learning about exotic small mammal nursing care.
VSPN CE Course: Open to VSPN and VIN members.
“This program has been approved for 6 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. (22-36662)“

Course Description:
This course will teach participants the basic nursing skills needed to successfully care for exotic small mammals such as rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and other small rodents in a clinical setting. This interactive class will discuss how to properly house and care for these unique species as well as perform a proper physical examination. Participants will also learn a variety of nursing skills such as venipuncture techniques, catheterization sites and fluid therapy routes, radiographic positioning, diagnostic sample collection, and syringe/hand feeding techniques.

Week 1 (Real Time Session July 21): Basic Husbandry and Hospitalization
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Understand and demonstrate proper husbandry for hospitalized rabbits, ferrets, and rodents.
  • Show an understanding of basic exotic small animal anatomy.
  • Discuss basic dietary needs of exotic mammals.
  • Show an understanding of basic equipment needed to work with exotics in clinical practice.
Week 2 (Real Time Session July 28): Physical Examination and Venipuncture Techniques
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Discuss restraint and physical examinations techniques.
  • Illustrate venipuncture techniques and have the ability to obtain various diagnostic samples.
Week 3 (Real Time Session August 4): Fluid Therapy, Catheterization and Basic Stabilization Techniques
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Identify various intravenous and intraosseous catheter sites.
  • Discuss use of fluid therapy.
  • Describe triage and basic stabilization techniques.
Week 4 (Real Time Session August 11): Radiographic Positioning, Diagnostic Sampling and Nursing Care
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Describe radiographic positioning for exotic small mammals.
  • Discuss sedation and anesthesia techniques.
  • Describe hand feeding and general nursing care.
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:
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. 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: Member $126 ($113 early bird special if enrolled by June 30, 2019)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on July 21, 2019 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. 792 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
Enrollment is closed.

*Note: "This program has been approved for 6 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. (22-36662)" ;

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. 792 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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