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VSPN CE Course TECH285-0319: Therapeutic Nutrition
Audio only - Webinar: The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a Zoomtm platform.

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Instructor: Kara M. Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, CVT, VTS (Nutrition)
Course Open: March 5, 2019-April 5, 2019
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, March 12, 19, and 26, 2019; 8:30-10PM ET (USA)
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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 and support staff, actively interested in small animal nutrition.
VSPN CE Course: “This program has been approved for 4.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. (22-35509)“

Course Description:
In disease management, veterinary team members recognize that prevention, early detection, and early intervention are the first line of defense. However, this focus and discussion does not take place as often as it should when disease conditions are diagnosed. Therapeutic nutrition is an integral part of managing disease. This course will build on the foundation of basic nutrition knowledge and will explore prevalent disease conditions in dogs and cats and how best to manage these conditions nutritionally. We will look at the disease condition and discuss key nutrients (Key Nutritional Factors (KNFs) and their role in disease management. Veterinary teams will gain a better understanding of the role of nutrition in various disease processes as well as how to communicate the importance of nutrition to pet owners.

Week 1 (Real Time Session March 12): Understanding Therapeutic Nutrition and the Role of the Veterinary Technician and Applying this to Obesity and Osteoarthritis
Recommended reading (prior to March 12): Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 2 (Real Time Session March 19): The Power of Nutrition I - Managing Gastrointestinal disease, Diabetes, Liver Disease, CKD, and FLUTD
Recommended reading (prior to March 19): Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 3 (Real Time Session March 26): The Power of Nutrition II - Managing Dermatological Disease, Brain Aging, Cardiac Disease, and Cancer
Recommended reading (prior to March 19): 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.

Recommended Textbook: Wortinger A, Burns KM. Nutrition and Disease Management for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses.2nd ed. Wiley-Blackwell. 2015. Ames, IA

About the Instructor:
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: 4.5

Tuition: $95 ($85 early bird special if enrolled by February 19, 2019)
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 March 12, 2019, 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 has been approved for 4.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. 22-35509 “

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

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