VSPN VSPN CE Online Conference - Emergency/Critical Care: Trauma (TECH345-0321)

The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using the Zoom platform.

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Date: March 27, 2021
Time: 10:00am ET to 4:15pm ET (with a 45 minute break from 12:45-1:30pm ET)     Time converter

Trauma cases are seen in both general practice and emergency critical care practices and VSPN is happy to bring this ECC online conference to you. This conference on Saturday, March 27, 2021, will cover many aspects of trauma. This is a one-day event, with four 75-minute sessions presented in webinar format. You must attend to earn a certificate of participation.

Participants will have access to the abstracts for each presentation 1 week prior to the event. There are no library materials or end of course test associated with this event. You must be a VIN or VSPN member to enroll. RACE approved for veterinary technicians for this event(20-768363); we are not seeking approval for veterinarian CEU’s.


10:00-11:15am ET
Triage of the Traumatic Emergency        
Presenter: Andrea Steele MSc, RVT, VTS (ECC)


  • Understand the common triage scoring methods used in veterinary medicine    
  • Understand and apply triage principles to traumatic emergencies
  • Understand the Primary and Secondary Surveys
11:30am-12:45pm ET
Shock & Initial Stabilization of the Emergency Patient:
Presenter: Amy Newfield, MS, CVT, VTS (ECC)


  • Understand what shock is
  • Learn about emergency fluid therapy
  • Understand common treatments done to stabilize emergency patients

12:45-1:30 ET BREAK

1:30-2:45pm ET
Against the Pain
Presenter: April Bays, CVT, VTS (ECC)


  • Understand multi-modal drug therapy and drug mechanisms
  • Understanding pain physiology
  • Understanding the physiologic responses to pain

3:00-4:15pm ET
Mythbusters: ECC Pharmacology Edition
Presenter: Liz Hughston, MEd., RVT, CVT, LVT, VTS (SAIM, ECC)


  • Understand why doxapram is contraindicated during neonatal resuscitation and CPR
  • Be confident in choices of analgesic agents in emergent and critical patients
  • Understand complexities surrounding GI motility agents
  • Have references regarding maintenance of peripheral and central IV access catheters/lines
  • Recognize inappropriate use of steroids in emergent patients

CE Credits: 5

Price: $75 (USD)

Early bird pricing: $68 (USD) if you enroll by March 13, 2021, you will receive a 10% discount off the price of the event.

Student pricing: $38 (USD) for students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CVMA approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular price for this event (upon verification of student status).

This program has been approved for 5 hours of continuing education in jurisdictions which recognize approval.(20-768363)

Event withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid event price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to March 27, 2021 at 10:00am ET. No refunds will be issued after the event. To withdraw, please contact VSPN CE at