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.

The devastating damage in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria has impacted availability of sodium chloride 0.9% IV fluid bags. There have recently been news stories about how many human medical facilities are getting creative in their patient treatment plans due to this shortage of fluids. Do any of our members have any creative treatment plans that have been put into place due to this shortage also affecting veterinary medical facilities? Chime in on this message board thread if you do! https://beta.vin.com/doc/?Id=8393316&SAId=2&IsMBLink=1    

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Toxicology Rounds: Rodenticides
Sunday, January 21, 2018; 9:00 pm EST (USA)
Speaker: Erin Freed, BAS, CVT
Link to session: https://VIN.zoom.us/j/665178175

VIN/VSPN Rounds: Strategies for Coping with Opioid Shortages
Thursday, January 25, 2018; 9:00 pm EST (USA)
Speakers: Nancy Brock, DVM, DACVAA; Rachael Carpenter, DVM; Kris Kruse-Elliot, DVM, PhD, DACVAA; Sherrie Hartke, DVM; Richard Headley, DVM; Lydia Love, DVM, DACVAA; and Chuck McGrath, DVM, DACVAA
Link to session will be posted on VSPN Chat page next Wednesday.

We will be holding one more preview/informational sessions to demonstrate what Zoom looks like for our Rounds and CE sessions.
• Wednesday, January 24, 2018; 8:30pm EST (USA)
**Links to session: https://VIN.zoom.us/j/322673720

Recent Rounds Transcripts

December 17, 2017
Celebrating 2017 in VSPN

From the Message Boards

Models of pulse oximeters
I have been looking over the archives regarding Pulse-ox machines seeing what is the most recommended brand.

Fact sheet for dental disease?
I'm hoping to attach a 1-page document to any pet's invoice when a doctor puts in dental disease as a diagnostic code.

Wait times for clients
We are about to put timers on the exam room doors so we can see how long it takes for the doctor to get into the room and then how long it takes for them to finish the room.

I believe we are under staffed and need to hire an additional assistant.


How to use venturi adapter
We are now using these adapters without a lot of an explanation.

VPMP Purdue
Has anyone completed the VPMP Program at Purdue?

Euthanasia gift ideas
We send them a card signed by all of the staff as well as a miniature picture frame, engraved with "Always Remembered" with a neat poem inside the frame.

Reservoir bag sizes for exotics
If you are using a rebreathing system, the formula is tidal volume x 4-6 = bag size.

Continual Education

VIN/VSPN CE Portal | VSPN CE Catalog

TECH177-0218: Fundamentals of Small Animal Anesthesia Module 1
Instructors: Darci Palmer, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia and Analgesia), Brenda Feller, CVT, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia and Analgesia)
and Lee Palmer, DVM, MS, DACVECC

This intermediate is focused towards the veterinary technician who routinely deals with anesthesia case management. Veterinarians are highly encouraged to enroll with their veterinary technicians to work as a team in anesthesia. Module 1 is a required prerequisite for Module 2 to help insure a complete understanding of the basic principles of anesthesia before learning how to develop an anesthesia protocol. These modules are approved CE for those applicants applying for their VTS (Anesthesia and Analgesia).

Featured Areas

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 Abstract of the Week
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 Website of the Week
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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.
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