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VSPN CE Course TECH270-0717: Canine and Feline Therapeutic Nutrition
Audio: The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly audio format. Please come prepared to listen.

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Presenter: Kara Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition)
Course Open: July 31, 2017-September 7, 2017
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Mondays, August 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2017; 8:00-9:30pm 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 places an emphasis on the anatomy and physiology of the different systems and how nutrition can help manage the specific disease process. An understanding of anatomy and physiology is highly recommended.
VSPN CE Course: Open to veterinary technicians/technologists and support staff. This course has been RACE approved for veterinary technicians/technologists. (22-29965)

Course Description:
Therapeutic nutrition is not a new idea! However, it is an essential component of our treatment plans that is often underutilized. Technicians and support staff often play a starring role in the most successful nutrition programs in clinic when they understand the needs of their clients and patients. This course will build on a strong foundation of basic nutrition knowledge required to best feed healthy patients. In this course, we will explore the most common diseases encountered in general practice and how best to provide nutritional intervention and management. For each disease, we will explore the Key Nutritional Factors (KNFs) that have been developed to best manage the studied disease. Support staff will be provided with tools and skills to better allow for team support, client education and patient care and nutritional management

Week 1 (Real Time Session August 7): Why Food? Understanding the Need for Therapeutic Nutrition and Your Role
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 2 (Real Time Session August 14): Fido and Fifi�s Fitness: Nutritional Management of Obesity and Mobility
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 3 (Real Time Session August 21): A Gut Feeling: Nutritional Management of Gastrointestinal, Diabetes, Liver, Renal and Lower Urinary Tract Disease (LUTD) Diseases
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 4 (Real Time Session August 28): It�s Complicated: Adverse Reactions, Brain Aging, Cardiovascular, Recovery and Neoplasic Disease
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 predominantly audio format. 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 Presenter:
Kara M. Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition) is the Founder and President of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians (AVNT). As an LVT with two master's degrees - physiology and counseling psychology she lectures internationally and has authored many articles and textbook chapters on nutrition. Kara sits on many national boards and committees. She was recognized as the NAVTA 2010 Veterinary Technician of the Year and was the 2011 Dr. Franklin Loew Lecturer. She was awarded an honorary VTS by the Academy of Internal Medicine Veterinary Technicians and the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians.

Total CE Credit: 6

Tuition: $126 ($113 early bird special if enrolled by July 17, 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 August 7, 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 22-29965 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 categories of: Category One: Scientific using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance. This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements. RACE does not "accredit" or "endorse" or "certify" any program or person, nor does RACE approval validate the content of the program."

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 Director

VSPN CE Services:
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