VSPN TECH296-0719: Shock: It’s Shocking What We Should Know

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

Enrollment is closed.
Instructor: Jeff Backus, RVT, VTS(ECC)
Course Open: July 30, 2019-August 30, 2019
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, August 6, 13, and 20, 2019; 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 basic course will be open to veterinary technicians/technologists and support staff that are actively interested in increasing their knowledge of shock, both its causes and treatments.
VSPN CE Course: Open to veterinary technicians/technologists and support staff
“This program has been approved for 4.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.(22-36964) “

Course Description:
Shock must be treated diligently and appropriately, while investigating the underlying cause as shock is not a diagnosis of its own. In this lecture, we’ll explore the pathophysiology of shock, the stages and types of shock, and current treatment modalities. There is an emphasis placed on the role the veterinary technician plays in the successful outcome of treating shock. We’ll talk about shock doses of fluids, medications used, and the importance of vital signs monitoring in the shock patient.

Week 1 (Real Time Session August 6): Definition and Classes of Shock
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Define shock.
  • Discuss classes of shock.
  • Learn importance of differentiating classes of shock.
Week 2 (Real Time Session August 13): Stages of Shock and Diagnostic Testing
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Identify the 3 stages of shock.
  • Recognize the clinical signs of the different stages of shock.
  • Learn interpretation of diagnostic testing that may help identify a patient in shock.
Week 3 (Real Time Session August 20): Treatment of Shock and Case Examples
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Discuss treatment of the various types of shock.
  • Discuss real life case examples to exemplify common cases of shock.
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 Instructor:
Jeff Backus, RVT, VTS(ECC) started as a veterinary assistant in general practice in 1995. He began working in ECC in 2004. He became an RVT in 2009 and was an ER/ICU Supervisor at Animal Urgent Care for over 12 years. Jeffrey also taught part time at his alma mater, Heritage College, for 7 years. In 2013, he became credentialed as a VTS(ECC), sat on the AVECCTN exam committee for 3 years, and now is the committee chair of the credentialing committee. He has been on the Board of Directors for the California RVT Association for 6 years, currently serving as Vice President. Most recently, he moved to Massachusetts to join academia, working as an ECC technician at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. He is also a frequent lecturer and speaker on all topics related to emergency and critical care, with a focus on toxicology, ECG, pain management, and endocrine emergencies.

Total CE Credit: 4.5

Tuition: Member $95 ($86 early bird special if enrolled by July 16, 2019)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on August 6, 2019, 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. 792 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
Enrollment is closed.

*Note: "This program has been approved for 4.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. (22-36964)" ;

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

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