VSPN TECH283-0420: Anesthesia in Common Emergencies

The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a webinar platform.

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Presenter: Katy Waddell, LVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia)
Course Open: April 30, 2020-June 7, 2020
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Thursdays, May 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2020; 8:00-9:30pm ET (USA)
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Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course is focused toward individuals seeking to expand their knowledge of stabilization, developing an anesthesia plan, anesthesia monitoring and the recovery of these patients.
VSPN CE Course: “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:
Anesthesia on healthy patients is not without complications and is too often taken for granted and performed without adequate planning or preparation. However, with any emergency presented to triage, a thorough pre-operative assessment must be performed, and patient assessment begins with the first step inside the door. The stressed and ill emergency patient will have altered physiological responses that will in turn alter the pharmacokinetics of the agents commonly used to provide anesthesia. This course is designed to assist you in your management of the most common emergent presentations that will need anesthesia. We will cover: Gastric dilatation–volvulus, feline urethral obstruction, dystocia and proptosis.

Week 1 (Real Time Session May 7): Gastric Dilation and Volvulus
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Show an understanding of the systemic effects and stabilization of the patient with GDV.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the means of developing a safe anesthesia and recovery plan for these patients.
Week 2 (Real Time Session May 14): Feline Urethral Obstruction
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Show an understanding of the systemic effects and stabilization of the patient with urethral obstruction.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the means of developing a safe anesthesia and recovery plan for these patients.
Week 3 (Real Time Session Dystocia): Dystocia
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Show an understanding of the systemic effects and stabilization of the patient with dystocia.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the means of developing a safe anesthesia and recovery plan for these patients.
Week 4 (Real Time Session May 28): Proptosis
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Show an understanding of the systemic effects and stabilization of the patient with proptosis.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the means of developing a safe anesthesia and recovery plan for these patients.
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: There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Presenter:
Katy Waddell, LVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia & Analgesia) has been in the veterinary field for 44 years in small animal, mixed animal, specialty referral practices, 24/7 facilities, academia, and as an author. Katy retired from full time employment in 2017 and currently is a consultant providing in-clinic training, lecturing at local, state, national and international meetings, VSPN instructor and board moderator. Additionally, she has the pleasure of being the veterinary technician consultant for Hadukikai Animal Critical Care Center, Osaka, Japan. She also serves as the President elect of AVTAA and Member at Large for AVECCT. She is the proud recipient of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association 2013 Veterinary Technician of the Year Award as well as multiple Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Student Choice Awards for Best Teacher, Best Patient Advocate, and "Cat Whisperer".

Total CE Credit: 6

Tuition: $126 ($113 early bird special if enrolled by April 16, 2020)
* 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).
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on May 7, 2020 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
  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. 797 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
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“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 VIN office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 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:
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