VETERINARY MEDICINE: SMALL ANIMAL ADVANCED ANESTHESIA PART ONE
|RACE Approved Interactive For Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians/Nurses
Course meets the requirements for 18 RACE hours of continuing education credit for veterinary technicians and veterinarians in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's RACE approval. However, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery.
RACE Subject Category: Scientific; Delivery Method: Interactive Distance; Program Number 57-33812 .
VetMedTeam is approved as a New York State sponsor of continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
VetMedTeam is approved as a Florida state sponsor of continuing education for veterinarians. The Florida Medical Board does not recognize technicians and therefore only addresses veterinarian CE requirements.
|Flexible Open Enrollment and the Activity Requirements
This course is designed to be as schedule friendly as possible as we understand it can be hard to fit interactive CE into an already busy life. Open enrollment allows students to enroll in this course at any time. Students can expect to be able to access their course with 48 hours of enrollment submission.
The participant is not expected to be online in the course at any specific times as there are no real time lectures. The instructor will respond to an assignment submission, or a forum question, within 48 hours, with extended time for holidays.
In order to remain in the course, a student must post assignments for grading on a regular, frequent, basis. Module or final exams, or just logging into the course, does not meet this requirement. As long as the participant continues to make regular progress, course access time is not set to a specific deadline.
However, the course is not designed to take months to complete. If 30 days elapses without submitted assignment activity, the student will be removed from the course and graded as incomplete, as the lack of activity will indicate the student wishes to drop the course.
But What If Something Comes Up?:
There are times that students will have situations that interfere with their ability to work the course on a regular basis. In that case an email to VetMedTeam, as soon as such a situation arises, will allow us to work with the student to adjust the time frame. It all comes down to communication.
|Course Focus - Learning Objectives - Completion Requirements
Although this course is at an advanced veterinary level, it is appropriate for technicians seeking higher level training. While the course may refer to tasks that are only within the scope of the veterinarian, the content and assignments are within the realm of team members with strong foundational training and experience.
Veterinary Medicine: Small Animal Advanced Anesthesia Part One, although at an advanced veterinary level, it is appropriate for technicians seeking higher level training. While the course may refer to tasks that are only within the scope of the veterinarian, the content and assignments are within the realm of team members with strong foundational training and experience.
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- define acid-base balance, identify systems responsible for maintaining acid-base balance, discuss simple and mixed disorders and compare alternative approaches to acid-base analysis
- evaluate fluid and electrolyte distribution and develop perianesthetic fluid therapy protocols based on patient status
- identify and contrast crystalloids, colloids and various blood products
- evaluate and select drugs to create a balanced anesthetic protocol
- select drugs for anesthesia based on patient related factors, procedure length and invasiveness
- identify appropriate delivery systems and anesthetic agents , develop safe and appropriate anesthetic and analgesia protocols and manage anesthetic emergencies in rabbits, rodents, pocket pets and non-domesticated/exotic patients
- identify conditions, evaluate and utilize appropriate anesthetic agents and implement local and regional blocks for ocular surgical patients
- assess the alterations on females induced by pregnancy and consider the impact of these alterations on anesthesia
- evaluate drugs that cross the placenta, identify appropriate anesthetic drugs for cesarean section patients and anticipate the need and care of neonates
- identify and manage shock, administer supportive therapies and determine the best anesthetic protocols in a trauma or critically ill patient
- identify the special considerations of, and prepare an anesthetic plan for, a neonate or geriatric patient
- explain the importance of local and regional blocks in dental patients
- develop an appropriate anesthetic protocol for orthopedic patients that includes local, regional and postoperative analgesia
- develop an anesthetic plan for laryngoscopy and bronchoscopy patients
- identify contrast agents used for MRI and CT scans
- implement safe anesthetic protocols for patients with a mega esophagus
- develop anesthetic protocols for an exploratory laparotomy
- describe considerations associated with GDV, hemoabdomen, and obesity
Instructor Graded Interactive Critical Thinking and Case Study Assignments: Designed to help the participant apply the newly learned skills and knowledge via implementation focused and patient based scenarios
Comprehensive Module Quizzes: Must be submitted with a score of 80% or better, multiple attempts
A certificate of completion is provided.
Reading content within the course is provided via PDF therefore the ability to download files and open PDFs is required.
It is recommended that participants utilize a program such as MS Word to create, and save, their assignment submission to their computer. Then the information can be pasted into the assignment submission area.
...I feel much more confident in identifying potential anesthetic risks. With this new knowledge I am better prepared to assist the Doctors in anesthetic protocols from the pre-anesthesia phase to the recovery phase. Also, I have gained confidence in client communications about the risk of anesthesia which is a vital part of my career as a LVT.
...The questions in assignments forced me to look deeply in the science of the anesthesia and analgesia and not let passed any important information. They helped me to be very conscious and more confident on a field that was a bit confuse and scarying before. A clear and complex vision that I gained from this course, and it was very helpful to understand the causality as regards anesthesia and analgesia, and put my previously acquired knowledge sets in order. Thank you very much.
...The case studies at the end were challenging and really tied it all together. The course was well put together and definitely worth the time invested.
...I enjoyed all of the course, it got me thinking and doing additional research, I have implemented a few new things into practice and have started doing the dental nerve blocks too
...That it took subjects I deal with on a daily basis and either improved my knowlege on them, expanded my knowlege on them, or offered me a completely different perspective or outlook on them. It was a great and challenging course. My teacher Mary Ellen was also wonderful. She graded everything immediately and provided great articles to expand on or support everything she wanted us to take from her assignments. Very glad I took this course. Thank you. I learned a lot.
...I think the critical thinking and case studies were a huge help in putting what I had learned into context, and really made me think about the influence of medications not only on the patient but with each other. I am looking for a more varied approach to anesthesia, and I feel more confident in other drug choices than i would have been.
...I honestly liked the whole course. I liked how much work needed to be put in to complete the course from reading assignments to case studies to critical thinking assignments. It's a lot of work, but it's worth it because I feel so much more knowledgeable in anesthesia. I feel confident enough to apply it to my own daily practice.
...I really like Mary Ellen's responses and timely manner she got back to me. Makes me want to sit down at a sidewalk cafe with a cup of coffee and discuss anesthesia: Thanks ME! I also appreciate the extra articles, very helpful.
Mary Ellen Goldberg BS, BS, LVT, CVT, SRA, CCRVN, CVPP, VTS-lab animal medicine (research anesthesia), VTS-physical rehabilitation
Mary Ellen Goldberg is a graduate of Harcum College and the University of Pennsylvania. She worked at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Division of Animal Resources and for Research Scientists, advising on their choices for anesthesia and pain management protocols. She was a member of VCU’s IACUC for 10 years. She has been the instructor of anesthesia and pain management courses at VetMedTeam since 2003. She was the Executive Secretary for the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management(IVAPM)
Mary Ellen is a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner through IVAPM. Mary Ellen is also a Surgical Research Anesthetist certified through the Academy of Surgical Research. She is on the Exam Chair for APRVT (Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians). She is Exam Chair for the Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses (ALAVTN). Currently, she is a staff member at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse. (CCRVN).
Mary Ellen was chosen NAVTA’s Veterinary Technician of the Year 2018. She has written several books and contributed to numerous chapters regarding anesthesia, pain management and rehabilitation. She speaks at national meetings on these topics and gives private CE to organizational groups. She has worked in various aspects of veterinary medicine from small animal to equine and mixed practice. She participated in coccidiosis research for a pharmaceutical company, and has been active in zoo animal and laboratory
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