VSPN STAF180-0419: Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Veterinary Hospital

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

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Instructor:Heather Howell, RVT, LVT, MBA


Course Open: April 23, 2019-May 17, 2019
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, April 30 and May 7, 2019; 9:00-10:30pm ET (USA)
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To prepare for your online experience, review the VIN-VSPN CE informational video prior to the course open date.

Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course is open to all veterinary staff with a focus on exploring perceptions and misconceptions regarding sexual harassment, learning how to decrease business and personal liability, and teaching team members how to advocate for themselves and others.
VSPN CE Course:Open to VIN and VSPN members. This course has been approved for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists (RACE 22-32483). This course is approved by the VHMA for CVPM credit (VHMA program 18-16).

Course Description:
The prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace has been in the spotlight recently. This course will explore how to identify if it is happening in your practice and how to prevent it. We will consider the legal definitions of sexual harassment, creating policies to prevent, report and stop sexual harassment, and what can be done to create workplace culture which discourages it. In addition, we will explore the perceptions and misconceptions about sexual harassment, barriers to reporting, and what can be done if you experience or witness sexual harassment. Owners and practice managers will learn how to decrease their business and personal liability, and veterinary support staff team members will explore what they can do to advocate for themselves and others.

Week 1 (Real Time Session April 30): What is Sexual Harassment
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Understand legal definitions of sexual harassment.
  • Understand EEOC laws regarding sexual harassment.
  • Write hospital policies regarding sexual harassment prevention, reporting and investigation.
  • Define types of sexual harassment.
  • Consider your perspective and opinions.
  • Examine sexual harassment statistics and current climate.
  • Understand why workplace culture matters.
Week 2 (Real Time Session May 7): Exploring the Issue Further
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Understand affirmative consent.
  • Explore scenarios to further understand appropriate, professional boundaries.
  • Consider reporting barriers.
  • Define sexual agency and gender equality in reference to sexual harassment.
  • Understand bystander intervention techniques.
  • Know what to do if you experience sexual harassment.
  • Know how to react as a supervisor or owner if someone reports sexual harassment.
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: There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Instructor:
Heather Howell, RVT, LVT, MBA is a credentialed veterinary technician in CA and NV. She received her BS in Animal Science at UC Davis and her MBA at the University of Nevada, Reno. Since 1988, she has worked in all capacities of the veterinary hospital including hospital administrator, practice management consultant, speaker, and instructor. She is also an adjunct professor the Veterinary Technology Bachelor’s program at Tarleton State University.

Total CE Credit: 3.0

Tuition: Member $63 ($57 early bird special if enrolled by April 9, 2019
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on April 30, 2019 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.

  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.
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*Note: "This program has been approved for 3.0 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.(22-32483) " ;
This course has been approved for continual education units toward CVPM requirements through VHMA (18-16).

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. 792 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

*For more information on VSPN's upcoming CE courses, check the VSPN Course Catalog.

Lisa Kernaghan, LVT, RVT, CVT, VTS (ECC)
VSPN CE Coordinator

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