VSPN TECH205-0321: Small Animal Arterial Blood Gas Interpretation

The real time sessions for this course will be presented via Zoom webinar platform.

Presenter: Katy Waddell, LVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia & Analgesia)
Course Open: March 30, 2021-May 7, 2021
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays; April 6, 13, 20, and 27 ,2021; 8:00-9:30pm ET (USA)    World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 6
RACE Category: 6 hours Medical

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Course Information:
This course will cover all the basic components of an arterial blood gas beginning with the physiological integral processes and leading up to scenarios involving some of the pathologies encountered with alterations in acid/base status. This will include arterial oxygenation, carbon dioxide, pH, sodium bicarbonate and base excess. The confusion and mystery of reading an arterial blood gas will be unraveled as we build upon knowledge offered during the course in an effort to provide excellent patient care. Case-based scenarios will be posted on the message boards requiring the participant to interactively discuss the cases and application of interventions for the management of acid/base status. There will be interactive activities in the class library for the participant to enhance their learning experience throughout the course.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
  • Describe the physiological process regulating the acid/base status of patients
  • Recognize the main components of blood gas values
  • Describe the buffering systems of the body
  • Practice and evaluate some introductory blood gas examples
  • Discuss and evaluate with the veterinarian the cause and effect of physiological and metabolic dysfunctions on arterial blood gas results
  • Discuss the pathogenesis of metabolic acidosis and alkalosis
  • Recognize common causes and diagnostics of both metabolic acidosis and alkalosis
  • Describe normal respiratory physiology
  • Discuss respiratory acidosis and alkalosis
  • Interpret sample blood gas results and discuss possible interventions
  • Interpret arterial blood gas results
  • Discuss some of the differences seen with venous and arterial blood gas values
  • Apply interventions, based on collaboration with the veterinarian, for the correction of potentially life-threatening acid/base alterations
Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate VSPN CE course will be open for enrollment to veterinary technicians/technologists, and support staff actively interested in increasing their knowledge of blood gas sample collection and analysis.

RACE Accreditation: This program has been approved for 6 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. (20-808338)

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session April 6): Basic Components of Arterial Blood Gases
In this session we will go over the physiology of acid base balance in the body, and practice and evaluate some introductory blood gas examples.

Week 2 (Real Time Session April 13): Pathogenesis of Metabolic Disorders
In this session we will discuss and evaluate the cause and effect of physiological and metabolic dysfunctions on arterial blood gas results and go over the pathogenesis of metabolic acidosis and alkalosis. We will also discuss common causes and diagnostics used in these cases.

Week 3 (Real Time Session April 20): Pathogenesis of Respiratory Disorders
In this session we will discuss normal respiratory physiology, respiratory acidosis, and alkalosis. We will interpret sample blood gas results and discuss possible interventions.

Week 4 (Real Time Session April 27): Fine Tuning the Art of Interpreting Arterial Blood Gases
In this session we will practice interpreting arterial blood gas results ,discuss some of the differences seen with venous and arterial blood gas values and learn to apply interventions, based on collaboration with the veterinarian, for the correction of potentially life-threatening acid/base alterations.

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.

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Tuition: $126 ($113 early bird special if enrolled by March 16, 2021)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

* Students currently enrolled in an AVMA accredited or CVMA approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status).

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on April 6, 2021 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. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext.792 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.

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

VSPN CE Services:
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