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VSPN CE Course TECH250-0716: Infection Control for the Veterinary Hospital
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: Louise O�Dwyer, MBA BSc (Hons), RVN, DipAVN (Medical & Surgical), VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia & ECC)
Course Open: July 7, 2016-August 7, 2016
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Thursdays, July 14, 21 and 28, 2016; 8-9:30pm 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.

*The instructor 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 intermediate course is for members of the veterinary medical team concerned about, or responsible for, maintaining infection control within the veterinary hospital setting, including isolation procedures, protective equipment and antibiotic use.
VSPN CE Course:Open to veterinary technicians/technologists, support staff, veterinary teams, etc.
This course has been RACE approved for veterinary technicians/technologists. (22-25659)

Course Description:
Infection control and biosecurity play an increasingly important role in the management of veterinary patients. This course will look at the different components to infection control and biosecurity and what can be implemented, from hand hygiene protocols to barrier nursing, to protect both staff and patient from infectious diseases. We will look at what is involved in creating a hospital infection control policy, as ideally all veterinary practices should have a written infection control plan. The issue of multidrug resistance will also be discussed, to ensure all participants have an understanding of what this means to our patients, or clinics and us as veterinary staff. Finally we will look at the prevention of surgical site infections, including all aspects of patient, operating theatre, surgical team and equipment preparation. Risk factors for surgical site infections will be discussed, including how to avoid them.

Week 1 (Real Time Session July 14): Biosecurity for the Veterinary Practice

Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 2 (Real Time Session July 21): Creating a Hospital Infection Control Policy and Multidrug Resistance

Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 3 (Real Time Session July 28): Prevention of Surgical Site Infections

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.

*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.

*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:
Louise O�Dwyer, MBA BSc (Hons), RVN, DipAVN (Medical & Surgical), VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia & ECC) gained her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) in 2004 followed by her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Medical) in 2007 and Veterinary Technician Specialist (Emergency and Critical Care) in 2011. She has contributed to over 20 journal articles and books, and lectures regularly on all aspects of anesthesia, emergency and critical care and infection control. She worked as Head Nurse, and then Clinical Director, for PetMedics in Manchester, the largest emergency clinic in the UK for 15 years, and in October 2016 took up the role of Clinical Support Manager for Vets Now. Louise�s interests include all aspects of emergency care but particularly trauma patients, as well as anesthesia, infection control and wound management. Louise is the co-author of 'Practical Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nursing' as well as �Wound Management in Small Animals: A Practical Guide for Veterinary Nurses and Technicians�, and the BSAVA �Pocketbook for Nurses� and the forthcoming �A Veterinary Nurse's Guide to Infection Prevention and Control� due 2016ABOUT_INSTRUCTORS - embolden the first instance of the instructors name.##

Total CE Credit: 4.5

Tuition: $90 ($81 early bird special if enrolled by June 23, 2016)
All 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 July 14, 2016, 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 22-25659 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 4.50 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (4.50 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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