VSPN TECH315-0320: Misunderstandings in Cardiology

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

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Presenter: Kristie Garcia, CVT, VTS(Cardiology)
Course Open: March 22, 2020-May 6, 2020
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Sundays, March 29, April 5 (no class April 12 for Easter) 19, and 26, 2020, 8-9:30 ET
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Level and Prerequisites: This basic course will be open to veterinary technicians/technologists and support staff actively interested in increasing their knowledge of cardiac cases in small animals.
VSPN CE Course: “This program has been approved for 6 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval." (22-39496)

Course Description:
This goal of this course is to clarify some aspects of cardiac disease that are frequently misunderstood. A better understanding of common presentations of patients with heart disease will take the anxiety of the staff to a lower level as well as increase the standard of patient care. Starting with a review of normal cardiac structure and pressures and advancing to end stage heart disease, the attendee will be more confident in their approach to patient care.

Week 1 (Real Time Session March 29): Review of Normal Cardiac Structures /Pressures and Heart Sounds
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Discuss and understand normal cardiac physiology.
  • Describe heart sounds and what they represent on cardio physical exam.
Week 2 (Real Time Session April 5): Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs and Cats/Arteriothromboembolism
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Discuss approach to patients in congestive heart failure with confidence.
  • Discuss arteriothromboembolism.
  • Identify tips for patient care that may be used to decrease the stress to these patients while treating them.
Week 3 (Real Time Session April 19): Understanding Pericardial Effusion
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Discuss the many potential causes of pericardial effusion.
  • Explain how to approach patients presenting with pericardial effusion with less anxiety.
  • Identify physical exam tips to better assess how critical a patient with PE.
Week 4 (Real Time Session April 26): DCM vs Systolic Failure
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Discuss DCM and understand it as a specific diagnosis.
  • Identify other disease processes that mimic DCM that can be treated.
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:
Kristie Garcia, LVT, VTS (Cardiology): After graduating and passing the VTNE in 2001, Kristie worked in General Practice for 3 years before starting at Garden State Veterinary Specialists (GSVS) in NJ. Later, after moving to Ithaca and working for a few years in the Cardiology Department at Cornell University Hospital for Animals, she returned to GSVS to work in the Cardiology department. She achieved her VTS for Cardiology in 2009 and she currently serves as the Director at Large for the AIMVT Cardiology technicians. She has a special passion for electrocardiograms and Holter analysis. Her happy place is in the cardiology cath lab and any day she gets to share her love of Cardiology is a good day.

Total CE Credit: 6

Tuition: $126 ($113 early bird special if enrolled by March 8, 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 March 29, 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. 797 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 6 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval." (22-39496)

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

VSPN CE Services:
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