VSPN TECH335-0122: The Pain Stops Here: Locoregional Anesthetic Techniques

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

Presenter: Heidi Reuss-Lamky, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia, Surgery), FFCP
Course Open: January 27-February 13, 2022
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Thursday, February 3, 2022; 8:00-9:30pm ET (USA)   World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 1.5
RACE Category: 1.5 hours Medical

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Course Information:
Local anesthetic drugs are considered the quintessential analgesic, uniquely capable of blocking 100% of pain perception. Loco-regional anesthetic techniques (nerve blocks) provide a rapid onset of analgesia, work synergistically with other analgesics, and enable reduced inhalant concentrations while improving patient recoveries. Clients have come to expect pain management from veterinary facilities, and adding loco-regional anesthetic techniques can be a simple and profitable way to augment patient care. Numerous loco-regional anesthetic techniques will be discussed, including detailed instructions (via video demonstrations) on how to perform each technique. Techniques discussed include brachial plexus, BIER, RUM (ring), and intratesticular blocks, epidural analgesia, and much more!

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
  • Benefits of using locoregional anesthetics, including indications and contraindications.
  • Understand local anesthetic drugs mode of action, and identify potential complications associated with their use.
  • Describe how to perform each of the pain management techniques – video demonstrations will be provided
Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate VSPN CE course will be open for enrollment to veterinary technicians/technologists and support staff actively interested in locoregional anesthetic techniques.

RACE Accreditation: This program has been approved for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.20-866943

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session February 3): The Pain Stops Here!
Locoregional anesthetics will be discussed including indications, contraindications, and modes of action. The session will also include descriptions and video demonstrations of how to perform these pain management techniques.

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: $33 ($30 early bird special if enrolled by January 13, 2022)
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 February 3, 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