VSPN TECH327-0620: Feline Physical Rehabilitation

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

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Presenter: Mary Ellen Goldberg LVT, CVT, SRA, CCRVN, CVPP, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation, Lab Animal Medicine (research anesthesia))
Course Open: June 9, 2020-June 26, 2020
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesday June 16, 2020; 8:30-10pm ET
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Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course will be open to veterinary technicians/technologists and support staff actively interested improving their knowledge of the basics of feline physical rehabilitation.
VSPN CE Course: “This program has been approved for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval." (22-42093)

Course Description:
Cats are not dogs. Physical Rehabilitation must be handled in a different manner than with canine patients. How can we get our feline patients to cooperate? Feline Physical Rehabilitation is readily used as part of a pain management program for cats that are overweight, have joint conditions or have been through trauma. Pain can be a primary reason why overweight cats do not have enough mobility. Their cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal and digestive systems are affected by obesity.

Week 1 (Real Time Session June 16): Feline Physical Rehabilitation
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Examine Feline Behavior and handling skills for exercises
  • Discuss Manual Therapy
  • Discuss Electrotherapy
  • Discuss Therapeutic Exercises
  • Discuss Hydrotherapy
  • Differentiate Stress/Pain/Anxiety
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:
Mary Ellen Goldberg LVT, CVT, SRA, CCRA, CVPP, VTS-lab animal medicine (research anesthesia), VTS-physical rehabilitation Mary Ellen Goldberg is a graduate of Harcum College and the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. She worked at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Division of Animal Resources and for Research Scientists advising on their choices for anesthesia and pain management on their protocols. She was a member of VCU’s IACUC for 10 years. She has been the instructor of Anesthesia and Pain Management at VetMedTeam, LLC since 2003. She was the Executive Secretary for the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) from 2008-2018. She is the Exam Chair for IVAPM. She is a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner through IVAPM. Mary Ellen is also a Surgical Research Anesthetist certified through the Academy of Surgical Research. She is on the Exam Chair for APRVT (Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians). She is Exam Chair for the Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses (APRVT). Currently, she is a staff member at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse. (CCRVN). Mary Ellen was chosen NAVTA’s Veterinary Technician of the Year 2017. In 2019, Mary Ellen received the 1st VTS-anesthesia, analgesia – honorary title from the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthesia and Analgesia. Mary Ellen has written several books, and contributed to numerous chapters regarding anesthesia, pain management and rehabilitation. She speaks at national meetings on these topics and gives private CE to organizational groups. She has worked in various aspects of veterinary medicine from small animal and equine to mixed practice, coccidiosis research for a pharmaceutical company, zoo animal medicine and laboratory animal medicine since 1976.

Total CE Credit: 1.5

Tuition: FREE for VSPN Members
**NOTE: Free courses fill up fast and enrollment will close when the maximum number of participants is reached. This course will be limited to 500 participants. Enroll early to ensure your place in the course.

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  1. Enrollment qualifications: 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.
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VSPN CE Course: “This program has been approved for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval." (22-42093)

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.

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Lisa Kernaghan, LVT, RVT, CVT, VTS (ECC)
VSPN CE Coordinator

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