VSPN TECH310-0120: Don’t Sweat It, Just Calculate It: Building Confidence with Veterinary Calculations

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

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Presenter: Justin Chandlr AAS, CVT, LVT, VTS (ECC)
Course Open: January 6-January 30, 2020
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Mondays, January 13 and 20, 2020; 8:00-9:30pm ET (USA)
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Level and Prerequisites: This basic course will be open to veterinary technicians/technologists and support staff actively interested in improving their skills with medical math.
VSPN CE Course: Open to VIN and VSPN members. “This program has been approved for 3 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.”(22-38765)

Course Information:
The ability to perform veterinary calculations is an essential task for veterinary technicians and nurses. For many, a lack of confidence and understanding of how to solve such problems can lead to frustration and self-doubt. While there are certain calculators available on the internet to help solve some veterinary problems, they do not teach you how to solve any other problem; thus reinforcing the lack of understanding. This course will cover the principles behind dimensional analysis and how we can utilize it to simplify and solve veterinary calculations. We will review dosage calculations, concentrations, dilutions, fluid rates, and constant rate infusions. The goal of this class is to help build your confidence through knowledge and practice of various types of veterinary calculations.

Week 1 (Real Time Session January 13): Concentrations, Dilutions, and Percent Solutions, Oh My!
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Understand dimensional analysis and how we can use it to simplify and solve veterinary calculations.
  • Set up and calculate basic dosage calculations.
  • Convert a percent solution into a useable drug concentration.
  • Set up and determine how to solve dilutions we may run into during daily clinical practice.

Week 2 (Real Time Session January 20): Yes, I Can Calculate that CRI for you Doc!
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:

  • Calculate fluid rates.
  • Calculate drip rates using a fluid administration set.
  • Identify the required information to set up and calculate a constant rate infusion.
  • Calculate various types of constant rate infusions.
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:
Justin Chandlr AAS, CVT, LVT, VTS (ECC) started
started out in the veterinary field in 1998, first learning on the job as a veterinary assistant and progressing to veterinary technician in a private clinical practice setting. He earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology from San Juan College in December 2007. In 2007 he changed jobs and started pursuing his passion in Emergency and Critical Care in a Specialty and Referral Hospital in New Jersey. After years of advanced training and intensive learning, Justin applied for and passed the certification exam for the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and Nurses (AVECCTN), earning his Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Emergency and Critical Care in 2014. In 2016, Justin was recruited to become the Head Veterinary Technician at Greater Staten Island Veterinary Services. Justin’s special interests include cardiovascular emergencies, ophthalmic emergencies, veterinary math, shock, and more. He has lectured at various local, state, and national veterinary conferences, and enjoys teaching online and in-person. Justin has been active in AVECCTN volunteering as a mentor and serving on the appeals committee. Currently Justin is a Member at Large serving as part of the Board of Directors for AVECCTN.

Total CE Credit: 3

Tuition: $63 ($57 early bird special if enrolled by December 23, 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 on January 13, 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.
  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.
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“This program has been approved for 3 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. “ (22-38765)

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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or direct line to VIN/VSPN from Australia: 02 6145 2357