VSPN TECH285-0421: Therapeutic Nutrition

The real time sessions for this course will be presented via Zoom webinar platform.

Presenter: Kara M. Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, CVT, VTS (Nutrition)
Course Open: April 7, 2021-May 8, 2021
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, April 14, 21, and 28, 2021; 8:30-10PM ET(USA)    World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 4.5
RACE Category: 4.5 hours Medical

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Course Information:
Wednesdays, April 14, 21, and 28, 2021; 8:30-10PM ET(USA)

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
  • Perform a nutritional history.
  • Perform a diet calculation: DER, RER and feeding amounts.
  • Lead a nutrition consultation with a client.
  • Communicate the importance of nutrition and disease management with clients.
  • Determine ideal body weight of obese and overweight patients.
  • Identify Key Nutritional Factors for management of obesity and osteoarthritis.
  • Calculate energy needs for weight loss, maintenance, and obesity prevention.
  • Identify nutritional risk factors that predispose patients to disease.
  • Describe and identify Key Nutritional Factors and their role in diet selection.
  • Identify variations within certain disease types and stages.
  • Develop a nutritional plan for management of common diseases.
  • Discuss the role nutrition plays in management of disease.
Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate VSPN CE course will be open to veterinary technicians/technologists and support staff, actively interested in small animal nutrition.

RACE Accreditation: This program has been submitted (but is not yet approved) for 4.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session April 14): Understanding Therapeutic Nutrition and the Role of the Veterinary Technician and Applying this to Obesity and Osteoarthritis
In this week we will discuss performing a nutritional history and performing -nutritional calculations. Additionally, the attendee will learn how to lead a nutritional consultation with a client. We will discuss the importance of nutrition and how it aids in disease management ;we will determine ideal body weight for patients and discuss key nutritional factors for management of obesity and osteoarthritis.

Week 2 (Real Time Session April 21): The Power of Nutrition I - Managing Gastrointestinal disease, Diabetes, Liver Disease, CKD, and FLUTD
This week will identify nutritional risk factors and their role in gastrointestinal disease, diabetes, liver disease, CKD, and FLUTD. We will describe and identify Key Nutritional Factors (KNF) and their role in diet selection and identify variations within these disease types and stages. We will develop a nutritional plan for management of each of these diseases and learn to communicate the importance of nutrition and disease management with clients.

Week 3 (Real Time Session April 28): The Power of Nutrition II - Managing Dermatological Disease, Brain Aging, Cardiac Disease, and Cancer
This week will identify nutritional risk factors and their role in dermatological disease, brain aging, cardiac disease, and cancer. We will describe and identify Key Nutritional Factors (KNF) and their role in diet selection and identify variations within these disease types and stages. We will develop a nutritional plan for management of each of these diseases and learn to communicate the importance of nutrition and disease management with clients.

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(s): There is no required textbook for this course.
Recommended Textbook: Recommended Textbook: Wortinger A, Burns KM. Nutrition and Disease Management for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses.2nd ed. Wiley-Blackwell. 2015. Ames, IA

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Tuition: $95 ($85 early bird special if enrolled by March 24, 2021)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

* Students currently enrolled in an AVMA accredited or CVMA 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 on April 14, 2021 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. 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.

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. 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:
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 792
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