VETERINARY NURSING: URINE COLLECTION AND EVALUATION
|RACE Approved Interactive For Veterinary Technicians/Nurses
Course meets the requirements for 18 RACE hours of continuing education credit for veterinary technicians 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: Medical; Delivery Method: Interactive Distance; Program Number 57-35306
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
Veterinary Nursing: Urine Collection and Evaluation covers canine and feline urine properties, including physical and chemical characteristics, sediment analysis and tests that are available to confirm diagnostic results.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- describe normal renal physiology and urine production
- compare and contrast urine collection methods
- identify proper urine submission containers
- evaluate the physical and chemical properties of urine
- recognize and determine methods to confirm proteinuria
- implement proper urine sediment analysis procedures
- identify white blood cells, red blood cells, casts, crystals, bacteria, fungi and parasites in a urine sample
- evaluate bacteriuria
- prepare and assess urinary tract cytology
- identify proper equipment needed for a complete urinalysis
- implement quality control procedures
- develop a procedural manual for the completion of urinalysis
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
Examinations: 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.
...The case studies were a good way to pull together the information presented during the assignments. The detailed descriptions of how urine is produced by the body, etc... are a great refresher to my college studies from years past.
...I really appreciated that the course not only showed us cytology evaluation and collection methods, but also recapped the anatomy and physiology of urine production. I found that to be very helpful, especially for someone like me who had been out of my field of study for a while. The course was very thorough and detailed. Not only was I able to brush up on my urinalysis skills, but learned a few new things to help me with additional diagnostics.
...I enjoyed the photo's of the urine and having to identify what I saw. I am a visual learner and this was very helpful for me.
...I really enjoyed the Microscopic Elements section of the course in Chapter 5. This was the most beneficial material to read and the associated assignment was my favorite. I need help with cellular identification when reading UAs so I enjoyed getting more practice with this assignment.
...Easy to access, user friendly course. The material learned will be easily transferable to implement in my clinic.
...I really enjoyed the assignment on the sediment findings! The pictures of the microscopic elements helped me extremely with identifying them in real cases. I very much enjoyed this course. Also the positive feedback from the instructor was very encouraging.
Rebeccah Vaughan, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia) (Clinical Practice- canine/feline)
Becky Vaughan is a Certified Veterinary Technician and a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Anesthesia/Analgesia and in Clinical Practice - Canine/Feline. After graduating from Manor College in Jenkintown, PA in 2002, Becky's career has taken her to General Practice and Specialty Surgery, Radiology and Dentistry services in Philadelphia, Vermont, and the Chicagoland area in a variety of patient care and leadership roles.
Becky is currently the Technical Supervisor of VCA Aurora Animal Hospital, a 27-doctor teaching hospital comprised of 24-hr Emergency/Critical Care, Specialty Referral Services, and General Practice. She also serves on the Credentials Committee for both the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice and the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists, in addition to being the past Credentials Committee Chair.
Becky has lectured on anesthesia and dentistry topics throughout the US since 2006. She has contributed to magazines and VSPN on a number of topics, as well as being an instructor for VetMedTeam courses. Becky also is part of a Technician and Assistant Task Force for the VCA corporate Medical Operations division in an effort to improve and standardize support staff education nationwide.
Becky has a special interest in critical anesthesia, dentistry, and feline pain management. She shares her home in Downers Grove, IL with her family and pets.
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