VIN ANES114-0920: Clinical Use of Perioperative Drugs in the Small Animal Patient: Real-World Applications

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

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Presenters: Nancy Brock, DVM, DACVAA (Course Coordinator)
Lydia Love, DVM, DACVAA
Kris Kruse-Elliott, DVM, PhD, DACVAA
Course Open: September 29-November 6, 2020
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, October 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2020; 8:00-10:00 pm ET (USA)
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Level and Prerequisites: This basic course will appeal to seasoned, newly minted and returning small animal clinicians alike - anyone interested in deepening their understanding of decision making that enhances clinical anesthesia safety:
  • Veterinarians new to and re-acquainting themselves with small animal practice will find a valuable overview of drugs and drug selection to optimize anesthesia management.
  • Experienced practitioners will find this course to be helpful optimizing existing anesthesia protocols and developing new protocols with an introduction to newly available anesthetic drugs.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and licensed or experienced (5 years suggested) veterinary staff. Veterinary staff may only enroll if they are associated with an enrolled veterinarian. Veterinary staff need to provide the name of their veterinarian in the comment section during the enrollment process. This course is RACE approved for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. (RACE 22-42933)
Please note: Veterinary staff may not be able to access the full complement of VIN Message Board - based resources in the course library.

Course Information:
This course provides an overview of anesthesia drugs, old and new, with a focus on drug selection to optimize anesthesia management in cats, dogs and rabbits. Case studies with varying levels of complexity and patient compromise will provide examples for participants to discuss pros and cons of drug selection.

Week 1 (Real Time Session October 6, 2020): Pre-anesthesia Medication (Oral and Injectable)
Presenters: Dr. Nancy Brock, Dr. Lydia Love, and Dr. Kris Kruse-Elliott
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • modify their existing pre-anesthesia protocols to address nagging problems or persistent deficiencies.
  • choose whether newer anesthesia drugs or techniques should be incorporated into their current anesthesia protocols.
  • adjust their anesthesia drug dosing regimens and drug timing to fit patient safety needs.

Week 2 (Real Time Session October 13, 2020): Induction and Maintenance of Anesthesia
Presenters: Dr. Nancy Brock, Dr. Lydia Love, and Dr. Kris Kruse-Elliott
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • modify their existing anesthesia induction and maintenance protocols to address nagging problems or persistent deficiencies.
  • choose whether newer anesthesia drugs or different use scenarios for existing drugs should be incorporated into their current anesthesia protocols.
  • adjust their anesthesia induction drug dosing and anesthesia maintenance regimens.

Week 3 (Real Time Session October 20, 2020): Peri-operative Pain Management & Recovery from Anesthesia
Presenters: Dr. Nancy Brock, Dr. Lydia Love, and Dr. Kris Kruse-Elliott
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • modify their existing anesthesia protocols to address nagging problems or persistent deficiencies and improve quality and safety of anesthesia recovery and pain management for their patients.
  • choose whether newer anesthesia or analgesia drugs or techniques should be incorporated into their current anesthesia protocols.
  • adjust their anesthesia and analgesia drug dosing regimens based on patient needs and drug availability.

Week 4 (Real Time Session October 27, 2020): Putting it All Together - Case Examples
Presenters: Dr. Nancy Brock, Dr. Lydia Love, and Dr. Kris Kruse-Elliott
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • use information learned in the course to improve quality and safety of anesthesia delivery and address nagging problems or persistent deficiencies.
  • choose whether newer anesthesia drugs or techniques should be incorporated into their current anesthesia protocols.
  • adjust their anesthesia and analgesia drug dosing regimens to specific case use in their practice.

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(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Presenters:
Nancy Brock, who is originally from Montreal, obtained her DVM degree from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 1982. She completed a residency in anesthesia and critical care at the University of California, Davis in 1988. In 1995, she became certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. Based in Eastern Ontario, Canada Dr. Brock provides veterinarians and their nursing staff with anesthesia assistance and expertise. This assistance comes in the form of case management through telemedicine, telephone consultation and the training of veterinarians and technicians in advanced anesthesia techniques. She is also the author of a quick reference anesthesia publication entitled Veterinary Anesthesia Update for small animal practitioners.

Lydia Love graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including non-profit spay-neuter practice; small animal relief & emergency work; private specialty referral practice; and academic practice, most recently, at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She has been board certified by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia since 2010.

Kris Kruse-Elliott received her DVM from Oregon State University in 1984. The following year was spent in mixed animal practice in Seattle, WA before moving on to advanced specialty training in anesthesiology. She completed her anesthesia residency at North Carolina State University from 1985-1988, becoming board certified and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia in 1989. Dr. Kruse received her PhD in pulmonary physiology from North Carolina State University in 1992 and joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison the same year where she taught for 15 years. She is currently based in Reno, NV and commutes to the Bay Area where she works in private specialty practice.

Total CE Credit: 8

Tuition: Member $184 ($166 early bird special if enrolled by September 15, 2020)
Non-Member $292 ($263 early bird special if enrolled by September 15, 2020)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on October 6, 2020 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. 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.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
  4. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
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"This program (22-42933) is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 8 CE Credits, with a maximum of 8 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian or veterinary technician/technologist. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Medical, using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance: (Web-based, Teleconference or Audio-Conference). This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements."

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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Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Director

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