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VSPN CE Course TECH264-1116: Toxicology A-Z
Audio only: The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly audio format.
Please come prepared to listen.

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Instructor: Brandy Helewa, CVT, RVT, VTS (ECC)
Course Open: November 15, 2016-December 23, 2016
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, November 22, 29, December 6 and 13, 2016; 8:00-9:30pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter

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 intermediate course is geared toward veterinary assistants and veterinary technicians that work in emergency medicine and have a basic understanding of small animal physiology
VSPN CE Course: Open to veterinarians, veterinary technicians/technologists, support staff, veterinary teams, etc. "This program 22-26327 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 Description:
Toxicities are common emergencies seen in general practices and emergency facilities. Familiarity by the veterinary support staff of the most common and dangerous toxins, along with their treatments, is helpful in reducing their toxic effects. This course will cover presentations of toxic patients, the most common toxicities seen in veterinary patients, antidotes, decontamination methods and other treatment modalities a veterinarian may prescribe for toxic patients.

Week 1 (Real Time Session November 22): Presentation of the Toxic Patient
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 2 (Real Time Session November 29): Antidotes, Decontamination and Other Treatments
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 3 (Real Time Session December 6): Common Cardiac, Hematologic, and Renal Toxicities
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 4 (Real Time Session December 13): Common Liver, Gastrointestinal and Neurologic Toxicities
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 lecture portion of this course will be an 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.

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:
Brandy Helewa, CVT, RVT, VTS (ECC) has been in the veterinary field since 1995, and has been in emergency and critical care since 2002. She currently works full time as administrative staff for the Veterinary Support Personal Network and Veterinary Information Network. She also is an adjunct instructor for Penn Foster�s veterinary technician program and mentors several of their students directly. She has authored articles for websites and journals and has reviewed several textbooks for VSPN and for the NAVTA Journal as well. She is currently co-writing a chapter on CPR for an upcoming emergency and critical care book for veterinary technicians, and has previous co-written two chapters for the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians (AVECCT) study guide. She was a founding member of the Veterinary Health Care Team of Arizona and is a member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). She currently is a member of NAVTA�s Legal Committee. She has also been the State Representative to NAVTA for both Arizona and California, and in 2005, was the Arizona Veterinary Technician of the Year. In 2012, she passed the veterinary technician specialty (VTS) exam in Emergency in Critical Care given by AVECCT. Along with her kindred spirit, Liz Hughston, and a bevy of her amazing colleagues, she facilitates a 6 month long study group for those interested in pursuing their VTS in emergency and critical care. She provides hands-on labs and lectures for colleagues, coworkers and students, and began lecturing internationally in 2012. She belongs to 4 cats (Halo, Tula, Dexter and John Snow) and one amazing dog, Raina and is married to the most amazing man in the world. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, camping and spending time with her family. As a breast cancer fighter, she enjoys meeting, getting to know, and sharing her experiences with her new �pink sisters.� Her passion is providing interesting, relevant and challenging continuing education to her colleagues while also working to elevate the status of the veterinary technology profession and the capabilities of veterinary technicians around the world.

Total CE Credit: 6.0

Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by November 1, 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 November 22, 2016, or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

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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 (RACE program number 22-26327) has been submitted for approval by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 6.0 CE Credits, with a maximum of 6.0 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinary technician/technologist. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Scientific, using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance: (Web-based, Teleconference or Audio-Conference).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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