VSPN TECH311-0122: ER Bootcamp

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

Presenter: Courtney Waxman, MS, CVT, RVT, VTS (ECC)
Course Open: January 6-February 6, 2022
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Thursdays, January 13, 20, and 27, 2022; 8:30-10:00pm ET (USA)    World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 4.5
RACE Category: 4.5 hours Medical

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Course Information:
This course is designed to review what essential knowledge and skills veterinary technicians/technologists need to be prepared on day one working in the small animal emergency room setting. This course will focus on the concepts of triage, CPR, venous access, basic monitoring equipment (ECG, blood pressure), medical math, and the team approach to working and providing patient care in an emergency care environment (i.e. multi-tasking, asking questions).

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
  • Understand the triage process and perform triage on emergent patients.
  • Follow the RECOVER CPR guidelines to provide basic life support (BLS).
  • Calculate basic medical math, including drug dosages, fluid therapy rates, fluid additives, nutritional needs, and urine output.
  • Perform venous access on critically ill patients.
  • Setup, interpret, and monitor patients using ECG equipment.
  • Setup, interpret, and monitor patients using Doppler blood pressure equipment.
  • Utilize effective communication and team skills that will improve your ability to provide patient care in the emergency room.
Level and Prerequisites: This basic VSPN CE course will be open for enrollment to veterinary technicians/technologists and support staff seeking actively interested in working in emergency medicine.

RACE Accreditation: This program has been submitted (but is not yet approved) for 4.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session January 13): Emergency Patient Triage
This real-time session will cover triage systems including implementation, classification, and phone triage.

Week 2 (Real Time Session January 20): CPR and Emergent Patient Care
This real time session will discuss all aspects of CPR and the RECOVER Initiative.

Week 3 (Real Time Session January 27): Medical Math and Team Dynamics
This real time session will cover the five ‘rights’ of drug administration and calculation (medication, IV fluid therapy, CRI, RER, urine output) and the importance of communication.

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: $99 ($89 early bird special if enrolled by December 23, 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 January 13, 2022 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:
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 792
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01 45 222 6154
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from Australia: 02 6145 2357