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VSPN CE Course TECH249-0317: Basics of Dairy Science
Audio and Text: The lectures for this course will be presented in a text format. Audio will be used to answer questions and augment the lecture.
Please come prepared to listen.

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Instructor: Tara Woyton, MS, LVT, CVT

Course Open: March 7, 2017-April 14, 2017
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, March 14, 21, 28 and April 4, 2017; 8:30- 10:00pm 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 wis 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 only.22-28470 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.

Week 1 (Real Time Session March 14): History, Physical Exam and the Basic Manifestations of Disease
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 2 (Real Time Session March 21): Respiratory Disease in the Herd and in Calf Management
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 3 (Real Time Session March 28): Common Alimentary and Metabolic Diseases in Dairy Herds
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 4 (Real Time Session April 4): Calving and Post Parturient Disorders
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 Instructors:
Tara L. Woyton, LVT, CVT, BS, MS started her career in veterinary medicine in 1997 and began teaching large animal labs at Medaille College, where she graduated with her A.S. in Veterinary Technology and B.S. in Biology. She used her large animal experience to obtain a position with the United States Department of Agriculture in the Animal Plant Health Inspection Services, Veterinary Services division. Following along with their mission statement �Keeping America�s Livestock Healthy,' Tara has trained in Foreign Animal Disease with the University of Tennessee Knoxville, performed extensive work in zoonotic disease surveillance and specializes in necropsy. Day to day operations included, setting up disease surveillance at livestock concentration points, slaughter surveillance for disease as well as serving on disease outbreak task forces across the country and at our international borders. Along with her regular duties she served as the Veterinary Service Tribal Liaison, working with federally recognized Tribes in New York State to keep their livestock healthy. Working with the USDA has taken Tara across the country to work in livestock health while providing an opportunity to learn about herdsmanship across the United States.

In 2011, Tara obtained her M.S. from Canisius College and returned to academia. She now teaches full time at Medaille College in Buffalo N.Y., in their veterinary technology program. Her classes include Large Animal Disease and Restraint, Advanced Large Animal, Zoonotic Diseases, Necropsy and Advanced Necropsy, as well as Parasitology and Equine Sciences and Nutrition. She also serves as adjunct faculty, teaching Large Animal Science, Bovine Medicine and Parasitology for Medaille College Rochester and Genesee Community College in Batavia, New York. She is a member in good standing of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians and the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians, and served for seven years as the Western New York Chair of the New York State Association of Veterinary Technicians. Tara serves on the advisory board of Medaille College representing Large Animal and Regulatory Medicine. She is also a member of the New York State Animal Response Team. Tara has received specialized training from Cornell University in New York State and certifies students to be �Beef Quality Assurance� certified. In her spare time Tara works with local 4-H chapters and the Future Farmers of America to promote Agriculture and animal wellness.

Total CE Credit: 6

Tuition: $126 ($113 early bird special if enrolled by February 21, 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 March 14, 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:
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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 program 22-28470 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 categorie(s) of: Category One: Scientific using the delivery method(s) of: Interactive-Distance. This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements"

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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