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VSPN CE Course TECH249-0315: Basics of Dairy Science
Audio and Text: In some of the course Real Time Sessions the lecture will be predominantly audio
while in others the lecture will be predominantly text.


Instructor: Tara Woyton, MS, LVT, CVT
Course Open: March 31, 2015-May 8, 2015
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2015; 8:30- 10pm 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 instructors 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 focused towards all veterinary support staff and concentrates on the basic concepts of dairy herd health, including basic nutrition, anatomy, physiology and diseases.
VSPN CE Course: This course has been RACE approved for veterinary technicians. The Veterinary Information Network's RACE Provider number is #22.

Course Description:
The veterinary team plays an important role in maintaining good herd health and assisting with disease prevention. Recognizing potential issues early and working with the producer to develop protocols that will benefit both animal health and herd production are the key to successful dairy operations. Maintaining good animal health also benefits the consumer. This course will introduce veterinary professionals interested in working as part of the dairy production team to the most common issues facing producers concerning a healthy productive heard. The veterinary professional will be able apply this information to develop herd health protocols to maintain healthy herds and derive the best plan to both treat and support compromised herds.

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.

*The lecture portion of this course will be combine both text and audio presentation, please be prepared to listen.

*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:
Tara Woyton is a faculty member at Medaille College in Buffalo New York, teaching in the veterinary technology program. Formerly, Tara was an animal health technician for the United States Department of Agriculture working on herd health and foreign animal disease surveillance.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session April 7): History, Physical Exam and the Basic Manifestations of Disease
Content: The initial and most significant step in diagnosing problems in the dairy herd will be covered in this section. Techniques for obtaining accurate history as well as performing through physical exams will be discussed.

Week 2 (Real Time Session April 14): Respiratory Disease in the Herd and in Calf Management
Content: Respiratory disease plays a significant role in the health of animals in the dairy operation. We will discuss the prevalence of disease as well as its impact on production. We will take a close look at respiratory issues that impact calves, affecting growth and development.

Week 3 (Real Time Session April 21): Common Alimentary and Metabolic Diseases in Dairy Herds
Content: High production herds often have issues with both alimentary and metabolical disorders. In this session we will discuss presentation, as well prevention of issues that arise within the dairy herd.

Week 4 (Real Time Session April 28): Calving and Post Parturient Disorders
Content: Due to high reproduction requirements of dairy cattle, the most commonly arising issues can be found here. It is important that the veterinary team work in collaboration with the producer to prevent these commonly occurring issues, as well as set up protocols to address these issues as they arise.

CE Credits: 6

Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by March 16, 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 5 PM ET Tuesday April 7, 2015, 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

VSPN CE Services:
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