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VSPN CE Course TECH282-0720: Avian Diseases
Audio only - Webinar: The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a Zoomtm platform.

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Instructor: Sarah Kolb, RVT, VTS-CP (Exotic Companion Animals)


Course Open: July 29-September 5, 2020
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, August 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2020; 8:30-10 pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter

To prepare for your online experience, review the VIN-VSPN CE informational video prior to the course open date.

Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course will be open to veterinary technicians/technologists actively interested in avian medicine.
VSPN CE Course: Open to veterinary technicians/technologists, and support staff.
"This program has been submitted (but is not yet approved) for 6 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. "

Course Description:
This course is designed to provide participants with a review of the unique anatomy and physiology of avian species while also providing information about the common disease conditions that can affect pet birds. Participants will learn how to assess, triage, and handle debilitated pet birds. Causes, clinical signs, diagnostic tests, nursing management, prognosis, and treatment options of common disease conditions in pet birds will be discussed.

Week 1 (Real Time Session August 5): Respiratory & Cardiovascular Diseases
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 2 (Real Time Session August 12): Gastrointestinal/Nutritional & Endocrine Diseases
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 3 (Real Time Session August 19): Reproductive & Hepatic Diseases
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 4 (Real Time Session August 26): Skin, Musculoskeletal, & Ophthalmic Diseases
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: There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Instructor:
Sarah Kolb, BAS, RVT, VTS (exotic companion animals) Sarah earned her veterinary technician credentials in 2005. Shortly after, Sarah began employment with Iowa State University Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center in the Exotic Companion Animal Department and the Wildlife Care Clinic dedicating herself to the medical care of exotic animals and wildlife for the past 14 years. Sarah began employment with the University of Wisconsin-Madison National Primate Research Center in March 2020. Sarah achieved VTS status with the AVTCP in exotic companion animals in 2015 and earned her BAS in veterinary technology in 2018. Sarah is currently serving as the Vice-President for the AVTCP for 2020-2021 and will serve as President for 2022-2023. Sarah is also a VSPN instructor, has lectured at various national conferences, and has published multiple articles in both the NAVTA Journal and Veterinary Nurses Today. Sarah is committed to life-long learning and sharing her knowledge about exotic animals through lecturing, writing, and instructing online courses.

Total CE Credit: 6

Tuition: $126 ($113 early bird special if enrolled by July 15, 2020)
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 5, 2020, 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 @vspn.org and @vin.com 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 VSPNCE@vspn.org. Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This program has been submitted (but is not yet approved) for 6 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval." ;

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.

*For more information on VSPN's upcoming CE courses, check the VSPN Course Catalog.

Lisa Kernaghan, LVT, RVT, CVT, VTS (ECC)
VSPN CE Coordinator

VSPN CE Services: VSPNCE@vspn.org
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 792
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01 45 222 6154
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from Australia: 02 6145 2357


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