Welcome to VSPN

The Veterinary Support Personnel Network is all about bringing together members from all over the world to interact with each other, teach each other and learn from each other. As a member of VSPN, you'll have access to thousands of colleagues worldwide who want to help you and your patients - 24 hours a day! Benefits for VSPN members include access to the online version of the VSPN Notebook®, community message boards, rounds sessions and an extensive library of past rounds transcripts and handouts. We offer over 50 continual education courses per year taught by leaders in the field of veterinary technology.

Become a part of an interactive community for veterinary support personnel, by veterinary support personnel.

Holidays can be a busy time of year. In veterinary medicine we may see a heavier workload with additional boarding patients, emergencies and fewer staff working. It is easy to forget taking time to care for ourselves during the busy holiday season. Remember to take a minute to relax and recharge so you can care for your patients and family!

The VIN/VSPN offices will be closed next week on November 23 and 24, 2017 for the US Thanksgiving holiday. The VSPN Administrative team will be monitoring email during the holiday, but response times may be slightly delayed.


VSPN Unity Rooms: VSPN Rounds | VSPN Meeting Room | VIN/VSPN RoundsRecent Rounds Transcripts
All sessions will be held in the VSPN Rounds room unless otherwise noted.

If you are having issues with the Unity classroom (especially a blank classroom), please see this help document: http://beta.vin.com/doc/?id=8070856 .

Toxicology Open Chat
Sunday, November 19, 2017; 9:00 pm EST 
Speakers: Erin Freed, BA, CVT and Jennifer Schuett, CVT

November 23 – 26, 2017
No classes, chats or rounds: USA Thanksgiving Holiday - VIN/VSPN offices closed

Behavior Rounds with Sherrie
Friday, December 1, 2017; 9:00pm EST
Speaker: Sherrie Yuschak, AAS, RVT, VTS (Behavior)

Veterinary Endotracheal Tubes: What Options Do We Have?
Sunday, December 3, 2017; 9:00 pm EST
Speaker: Darci Palmer BS, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)

Recent Rounds Transcripts

November 5, 2017
Anesthesia Open Chat

From the Message Boards

Need professional advice on career
What other career options are available for someone with years of experience working with animals but doesn't want to start all over again?

Bronchitis 13 year old Min Pin
We have ruled out heartworm, CHF, bacterial infection.

Mystery toxin?
There is known exposure to psilocybin-containing mushrooms as well as the possibility of marijuana.


Start time issues
We are a GP practice, but the docs would like to "round" with medical staff 5 minutes prior to opening the doors, but trying to figure out positive and/or negative results prior to rolling it out.

Scheduling question in California
All I can find is the Fair Scheduling Act, alternative work weeks, and info about when 10 hour shifts became legal; but nothing that says it has to be all one or the other.

Continual Education

VIN/VSPN CE Portal | VSPN CE Catalog

TECH120-0118: Winter VTNE Preparation Class
Presenters: Ann Wortinger, BIS, LVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM, Nutrition)
Darci Palmer, BS, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia)
Mark Sharpless, MBA, JM, CMAR, RVT, VTS-Lab Animal Medicine (OC)
Shelley Shopsowitz, RVT, BA
Kenichiro Yagi, BS, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM)

If you are planning to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination during the March-April testing window in 2018, you may want to check out this prep course. This course is designed to provide a review of the veterinary technician essential skills, tasks, and knowledge base as provided by the guidelines set forth by the AVMA CVTEA for approved veterinary technology programs.

Featured Areas

Along the Treatment Highway



 Abstract of the Week
New perspectives on the development of extrahepatic portosystemic shunts

 VIN News Service
FDA backs off veterinary drug compounding approach



 Website of the Week
Thanksgiving Facts


VSPN Notebook®

The VSPN Notebook® is a handbook of helpful, quick information for use in everyday practice,
created by veterinary technicians and veterinary support staff for their colleagues.




Support4Support is a group of veterinary technicians and support staff that are dedicated to providing confidential outreach and support for their peers.



Criteria for Membership: To join the VSPN community, you must be employed under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian or enrolled in an AVMA or CAAHT approved veterinary technology program. VSPN membership is free.
Please look at this Help and Hints for completing a VSPN application. Students, please provide the month and year for graduation on the education area of your application.
When you complete your application, your information will be reviewed. If you have not heard from us within 48 hours about the status of your application, please email help@vspn.org
MyVSPN is a portal where you can update information such as credentials, email address, home or work information, print out a yearly statement of your CE courses and check CE certificates. To learn more about MyVSPN, please see our FAQ Help Page.
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Reminder: Your secure information is YOUR OWN. It should not be given out to anyone.
To view the current VSPN weekly newsletter, click this link:
VSPN This Week

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