VSPN TECH307-0720: Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands of the Dog and Cat

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

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Presenter: Ashley DiPrete, RVT, VTS (SAIM)
Course Open: July 1, 2020-August 8, 2020
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesday, July 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2020; 9:00-10:30 pm ET (USA)
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Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course will be open to veterinary technicians/technologists actively interested in furthering their knowledge in Small Animal Internal Medicine, the Thyroid Gland and the Parathyroid Glands.
Course Prerequisites: Participants should have a basic understanding of anatomy and physiology in the dog and cat, and medical terminology.
VSPN CE Course: “This program has been approved for 6 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.(22-41887)"

Course Description:
The thyroid and parathyroid glands play a pivotal role in maintaining homeostasis within the body. This intermediate course will present the physiology of both the thyroid and parathyroid glands. It will culminate with discussions of common diseases that plague these glands.

Week 1 (Real Time Session July 8): Thyroid Gland: Who, What,
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the purpose of the thyroid gland.
  • Show an understanding of the synthesis of thyroid hormones.
  • Show an understanding of the stepwise approach to the workup of patients with diseases of the thyroid gland.
Week 2 (Real Time Session July 15): Parathyroid Glands
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the purpose of the parathyroid gland.
  • Show an understanding of the stepwise approach to the workup of patients with diseases of the parathyroid gland.
  • Recognize the clinical signs of hypocalcemia.
Week Thyroid Diseases of the Cat (Real Time Session July 22): Thyroid Diseases of the Cat
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of common diseases that plague the thyroid of the cat.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of common therapies for these diseases.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of I-131 treatment.
Week 4 (Real Time Session July 29): Thyroid Diseases of the Dog
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of common diseases that plague the thyroid gland of the dog.
  • Show a working knowledge of common therapies for these diseases.
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:
Ashley DiPrete, RVT, VTS (SAIM) is currently the Internal Medicine Department Lead and the Technician Training Supervisor at Iron Horse Vet Care in Dublin California. She attended the Veterinary Technology program at the College of Southern Nevada and received her Registered Veterinary Technician license in 2009. In 2016 she earned her Veterinary Technician Specialty certification in Small Animal Internal Medicine. She currently is the Past - President of AIMVT (2019). In 2019 she also co-founded Internal Medicine for Pet Parents to support owners of pets with chronic medical conditions.

Total CE Credit: 6

Tuition: $126 ($113 early bird special if enrolled by June 17, 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 July 8, 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.
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“This program has been approved for 6 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.(22-41887)"

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

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