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VSPN CE Course TECH293-1018: APRVT Rehabilitation Review
Audio only - Webinar: The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a Zoomtm platform.

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Instructors: Dawn Hickey, LVMT, CCRP, CVPP, CCFT, VTS (Physical Rehab-OC),
Maria Maddox, LVT, CCRP, VTS (Physical Rehab-OC),
Jennifer Panko, RVT, CCRP, OCMC, CAPMC, VTS (Physical Rehab-OC),
Deana J Cappucci-Lorentz, LVT, CCRA, CCMT, VTS (Physical Rehab-OC),
Sandra Dowd BA, LVT, VTS (Physical Rehab-OC), CCRP, CSMP
Course Open: October 31, 2018-December 15, 2018
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, November 7, 14, (no class on the 21st), 28 and December 5, 2018; 8:30-10:00pm 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, actively interested in physical therapy and rehabilitation of veterinary patients. The course is designed to be a study guide and review for veterinary technicians interested in pursuing a VTS (Veterinary Technician Specialty) in Physical Rehabilitation prior to taking the VTS exam.
VSPN CE Course: Open to veterinarians, veterinary technicians/technologists, support staff, veterinary teams, etc.
This course has been RACE approved for veterinary technicians. (22-34329)

Course Description:
Physical rehabilitation for animals is rapidly becoming a standard of care in veterinary medicine. There has been much published research into the benefits of veterinary physical rehabilitation, but in order to specialize in the field, there is more to know that just the basics such as PROM, underwater treadmill, and ice therapy. In order to achieve a VTS in the field, the certified veterinary technician needs to also be proficient in canine and feline behavior, be knowledgeable in the wide variety of modalities currently being implemented and be familiar with how to apply rehab techniques for a wide variety of patients and conditions.

Week 1 (Real Time Session November 7): Behavior
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 2 (Real Time Session November 14): Assessment and Management of The Physical Rehabilitation Patient
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 3 (Real Time Session November 28): Rehab Physical Modalities, Manual Therapies and Adjunctive Treatments
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 4 (Real Time Session December 5): Nutrition and Assistive Devices
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(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Instructors:
Deana Cappucci- Lorentz, BS, LVT, CCRVN, CCMT, VTS (Physical Rehab)-OC started her career as a veterinary technician shortly after graduating from the Arts working as a veterinary assistant in a kennel, not knowing where that path would take her. She studied Veterinary Technology at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY where she earned her Bachelors of Science in 2007, then took her VTNE to become a LVT that same year. Deana originally wanted to specialize in ER and Critical Care, but after a few years working in the fast-paced environment she wanted a change. In 2008, Deana relocated to Florida where she attended the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. After completion of her externship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in NJ, she became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant (CCRA) in 2010 (currently now considered a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse, (CCRVN)). In 2011, Deana attended the Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage, in Cape Coral, FL. She studied all three levels to become a Certified Canine Massage Therapist (CCMT). In early 2012, she attended the Chi Institute in Reddick FL, for training in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine for Veterinary Technicians. Deana also worked at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan as the Team Leader of the Rehab Department where she was responsible for teaching new students and externs that came into the program the way of canine rehabilitation. Deana is currently the lead nurse in the rehab department at Coral Springs Animal Hospital in Coral Springs, FL. She continues to have an integral role in teaching interns and externs the way of canine rehabilitation. She also lectures to veterinary professionals and veterinary technician students about the many benefits of canine rehabilitation. Deana sits on the Organizing Committee for the Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians, as the Executive Secretary and Continue Education Chair, and earned her VTS in Physical Rehabilitation in February 2017. Deana is also a member of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians, and the International Academy of Veterinary Pain Management. Deana is very passionate about her work, and she is enthusiastic about learning and teaching others.
Sandra Dowd BA, LVT, VTS (Physical Rehab-OC),), CCRP, CSMP started her career in veterinary medicine in 1992 as an ICU and critical care nurse while attending the veterinary technology program at The State University Of New York, Farmingdale. In 2000 Sandra joined Dr. Gal Vatash and Dr. Richard Rothman in the challenge of establishing a veterinary emergency and critical care center in Riverhead, New York. While working as the ICU technician supervisor, Sandra continued her education, receiving a Bachelor�s in Biology from Long Island University (2005). Her work in the ICU involved the care of patients suffering from prolonged illness and traumatic injury which encouraged her to begin investigating therapeutic techniques. This investigation led to The University of Tennessee Veterinary Physical Rehabilitation Department and fueled her desire to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (2007) with additional certification in Canine Sports Massage (2008). As a result of her experiences, she was able to establish the Physical Rehabilitation Department at East End Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center in 2008. Sandra remained Director of Physical Rehabilitation at East End Veterinary Center until 2018. Her desire to provide optimum care for patients led to additional course work in Canine Acupressure with the Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute, The University of Tennessee's Osteoarthritis Case Manager Course and Companion Animal Pain Management Program. In 2015 Sandra became an organizing Committee member of the Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians (APRVT). She retains the position of Industry and Public Relations Chairwoman in addition to working on the APRVT�s membership committee. Sandra�s goal is to continue her education in the field of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and to assist in educating the veterinary profession and public about the field of canine rehabilitation.
Dawn Hickey, LVMT, CCRP, CVPP, CCFT, VTS (Physical Rehab) graduated from Columbia State Community College with an AAS in Veterinary Technology. After a one-year internship at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, earning the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) title, she was employed at Animalia Health and Wellness in Franklin, TN and was instrumental in the development of the rehabilitation practice there. In 2015, Dawn moved to Knoxville to become the lead technician in the Small Animal Rehabilitation Department at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed the University of Tennessee�s Companion Animal Pain Management Certificate Program in 2016. In 2017, she became a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) and a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer (CCFT). She has received special training in Canine Myofascial Trigger points through Myopain Seminars. As an instructor in both the CCRP and CCFT programs, she enjoys teaching and spreading her love and enthusiasm for animal rehabilitation with students. Dawn is the veterinary technician liaison to the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV) and is an active member of the Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians (APRVT) and the International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy (IAVRPT). She is also an active member of NAVTA and the Tennessee Veterinary Technician Association (TVTA). Her particular areas of interest in physical rehabilitation include, geriatrics, neurology, working dogs, myofascial issues and pain management.
Maria Maddox, BA, CVT, LVT, CCRP, AMCP, VTS (Physical Rehab) has a B.A. in Biology and graduated with honors from Bel-Rea Institute in 2002. She helped establish the rehabilitation department in one of the country�s largest privately-owned veterinary hospitals in 2005. She earned her Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner status from the University of Tennessee in 2006. She has worked in the rehab field for over 8 years, mostly working hands-on with in-hospital and out-patient cases. She has lectured on rehab at the Oquendo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada as well as with VSPN. She has taught basic rehab techniques to technicians and assistants in Las Vegas and in Okinawa, Japan. She is a member of the organizing committee of the Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians (APRVT), and is the head of the membership committee of the APRVT.
Jenn Panko, RVT/CCRP, VTS (Physical Rehab), OCMC, CAPMC owns and manages The SPAW, a Canine Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine, and Fitness Centre in Aldergrove, British Columbia Canada in partnership with The Aldergrove Animal Hospital. She is a Registered Veterinary Technologist (Seneca College, Ontario 2005) where she was the recipient of The Veterinary Technology Recognition and Appreciation Award for dedication to and excellence in animal care. She completed The University of Tennessee�s Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner Program in 2006. In 2012 she completed the University of Tennessee�s Certified Osteoarthritis Case Management Program and was the recipient of The Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians Award of Merit for enhancing the image of the veterinary technology profession and a long standing history of community service. In 2014 she completed the University of Tennessee�s Companion Animal Pain Management Certificate Program. Her clinical experience includes a variety of work in private, referral, and academic companion animal practice, mobile, racetrack, and surgical equine practice, and wildlife rehabilitation. Jenn has a wide variety of experience in orthopedic, neurologic, weight loss, and conditioning rehabilitation. She developed her tool box of rehabilitation skills at The Mississauga-Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital and Referral Group coordinating CARE, The Companion Animal Rehabilitation Experts, Rehabilitation Service. She also managed The Neurology and MRI Service. Prior to her relocation to British Columbia she was part of the team at The Hill�s Pet Nutrition Primary Healthcare Centre, as a primary healthcare technician and coordinator of The Companion Animal Rehabilitation Service at The Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She is an Organizing Committee Member and The Communications and Information Technology Chair for The Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians and The Communications Director for The American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians and obtained her VTS in Physical Rehabilitation in 2017.

Total CE Credit: 6

Tuition: $126 ($113 early bird pricing if enrolled by October 17, 2018)
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 November 7, 2018, 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.
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*Note: "This program 22-34329 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.

*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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