VSPN TECH354-1221: VSPN CE Online Conference - Anesthesia

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

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Date: December 4, 2021
Time: 11:00am ET to 5:30pm ET (with one-hour break from 1:00-2:00pm ET)      Time converter

Are you seeking last-minute CE credits for license renewal? Are you passionate about all things anesthesia? This program will include anesthesia skills (arterial catheters, capnography); drug choice for anesthetizing patients; how pulse oximeters work and reviewing the oxygen hemoglobin saturation curve; and anesthesia protocols for the emergency patent. This is the event for you! VSPN is pleased to offer this one-day conference on Saturday, December 4, 2021. This is a one-day event, with four 90-minute sessions presented in webinar format. You must attend the live webinar to earn a certificate of participation. There will be a thirty minute break for lunch at 2:00pm ET.

Participants will have access to the abstracts for each presentation 2 weeks 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. VSPN is seeking RACE approval for veterinary technicians for this event; we are not seeking approval for veterinarian CEU’s.


11:00am-12:30pm ET
AVTAA Advanced Anesthesia Skills: Arterial Catheters and Capnography Overview        
Presenter: Heidi Reuss-Lamky, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia), (Surgery), Fear Free Elite Certified Professional

Objectives: After attending this session, attendees will: 

  • Be able to discuss the skills needed for arterial catheter placement.
  • Describe and create a plan to maintain arterial catheters.
  • Define capnography; how to utilize, interpret, and troubleshoot capnography during anesthesia monitoring.

12:30-2:00pm ET
Thinking Outside of the Box: Decreasing Morbidity and Mortality Through Mindful Drug Selection        
Presenter: Kristen Cooley BA, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)      


Objectives: After attending this session, attendees will: 

  • Attendees will leave this lecture with an in-depth understanding of common anesthetic drugs and how to develop an anesthetic and analgesic plan.

2:00-2:30pm ET: Break

2:30-4:00pm ET
Advanced Pulse Oximeter Shiz        
Presenter: Amanda M. Shelby, BSc, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)

Objectives: After attending this session, attendees will:

  • Understand how a pulse oximeter works and derives a plethograph and SpO2 reading.
  • Understand the clinical limitations of a pulse oximeter. Review the oxygen hemoglobin saturation curve which explore how the non-invasive SpO2 measurement relates to the partial pressure of oxygen of arterial blood.
  • Introduce new technologies and advancements in pulse oximetry technology and the potential for future clinical applications in veterinary medicine.

4:00-5:30pm ET
Adrenal Squeeze: Anesthesia for the Emergency Patient        
Presenter: Kim Spelts, BS, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)


Objectives: After attending this session, attendees will:

  • Understand the unique challenges that ER patients present to the anesthetist.
  • Learn to anticipate the physiologic complications associated with various emergent pathologies.
  • Gain confidence in developing robust anesthetic plans that mitigate risk and help ensure successful outcomes for critically ill or injured patients

CE Credits: 6

Price: $80(USD)

Early bird pricing: $72 (USD) if you enroll by November 23, 2021, you will receive a 10% discount off the price of the event.

Student pricing: $40 (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 submitted but not yet approved for 6 hours of continuing education in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.

Event withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid event price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to December 4, 2021 at 8:00am ET. No refunds will be issued after the event. To withdraw, please contact VSPN CE at