The Veterinary Support Personnel Network is for veterinary support staff working with, for, or in the field of veterinary medicine, under the direction of a licensed veterinarian.
Membership in VSPN is free. In order to have access to all of VSPN's community features including message boards, chats, and CE, you will need to register (click on the REGISTER button on the left side of this screen).
(General Public should utilize www.veterinarypartner.com, VIN/VSPN's public, veterinarian supervised website)
(Veterinarians should register at www.vin.com, the premier site for veterinarians)
REGISTERING for membership:
When you complete your registration application, your information will be reviewed. If you have not heard from us within 48 hours about the status of your application, please email Nanette@vspn.org
The Mission of the Veterinary Support Personnel Network is to support, inspire, and lead our profession in the advancement of veterinary medicine by providing a worldwide community for veterinary support staff complete with message boards, resources, continual education, and interactive sessions in an encouraging, collaborative and sharing environment.
Thank you for helping us make VSPN the BEST online veterinary support staff site!
This week in VSPN:
Mark these interactive sessions on your calendar! To attend please go to the VSPN Chat/Rounds room (unless otherwise noted).
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Friday, May 17, 2013; 10 PM ET (USA)
Friday Open Chat: At the end of a long week, join members from your community and share silly patient stories, tough cases, and camaraderie with Lynda, Kelly and your fellow VSPNers.
Friday, May 24, 2013; 9 PM ET (USA)
Student Chat: Join Allison for the last Student Chat for the school year! We will be taking a break over the summer and will resume Student Chat in September.
Friday, May 24, 2013; 10 PM ET (USA)
Friday Open Chat: Do you have any special plans for the Memorial Day holiday? Please join Mark for an hour of catching up before you head off for a three day weekend.
May 25-17, 2013: No Chats, Rounds, or Classes
USA Memorial Day Holiday; VIN/VSPN offices closed Monday, May 27, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013; 930 PM ET (USA)
VSPN Notebook Rounds: Obtaining and Interpreting Blood Pressure Readings: Be sure and join Brandy S. for this important round to make sure blood pressures are being done correctly.
Thursday, May 30, 2013; 8 PM ET (USA)
FVTA (Florida) General Membership Meeting: FVTA members are invited to attend this monthly meeting in the VSPN Meeting Room
FROM YOUR MESSAGE BOARDS
A Boston Marathon Therapy Dog Story
Nutritional handouts for hunting dogs
Tennessee shelter needs help after tornado
Should managers have veterinary medical experience?
Getting staff to see the whole picture
Free lecture at Miami Zoo
Removal of all four canines in a small dog
Buprenorphine hub loss accounting
Servicing an older endoscope
Interesting story about acupuncture and pets
Blood pressure cuff organization
Big cats like boxes too
Best antibiotic and analgesic for snake bites
Reviewing complete blood count manual
Crystalloids and colloids
VPI Paws preventive plans
FROM THE VIN NEWS SERVICE
Some veterinarians wary of Novartis' enticements to carry Sentinel
Message Board Discussion
ABSTRACT OF THE WEEK
Oleander toxicosis in equids: 30 cases (1995-2010).
Three of 30 (10.0%) equids died before or immediately after arrival at the hospital. Of the other 27 equids, 23 (85.2%) had gastrointestinal tract abnormalities, azotemia was detected for 19 (70.4%), and a cardiac arrhythmia was ausculted for 18 (66.7%). Mortality rate for all equids was 50.0%; mortality rate for hospitalized equids was 44.4%.
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK
National Biosecurity Resource Center
BOOK REVIEWS OF THE WEEK
Companion Animal Zoonoses VSPN Review by Elizabeth Warren, RVT
Acupuncture For Dogs And Cats; A Pocket Atlas VSPN Review by Sharlene Halozan, RVT
RECENT HANDOUTS / ROUNDS HIGHLIGHTS:
Anesthesia and Pain Management in Exotics
Fun Things to do With Your Staff
Dog Parks - Good or Bad
VIN-VSPN Rounds: Compassion Fatigue
VSPN LIBRARY HIGHLIGHTS:
The VSPN Notebook® is written by veterinary technicians for veterinary technicians. It is a great reference for the entire staff. Mark your calendar to attend the upcoming VSPN Notebook® Rounds: Blood Pressure Monitoring with host Brandy S. on Thursday, May 30th at 9:30 pm ET. The 4.0 print version is available for purchase through the VIN Store or you can access it online for FREE as one of your VSPN member benefits. Here are a few transcripts featuring sections of the VSPN Notebook®:
Animal Training Models Positive and Negative
Kirby's Rule of 20 Part 1
Kirby's Rule of 20 Part 2
CBC Counting and Blood Smear
VIN/VSPN CE courses available for registration:
For more information on Continual Education courses you can take online, please see the VIN/VSPN CE course listings at the top of the CE page.
Want to test our beta site?
VSPN This Week
For those of you heading to Seattle for the ACVIM Conference June 12-15, I'll be posting a get together announcement in the coming week. VSPN will have a booth in the exhibit hall, where you'll find me and I'd love to see as many of you as possible!
The VIN Family is growing! Is it time to VINtegrate your practice?
- Is your veterinarian a member of VIN to make patient care complete?
- Do you utilize Veterinary Partner linked just under our navigation bar to direct your clients to veterinary approved client information on a variety of topics?
- Do you keep on top of veterinary news via the VIN News Service (we highlight some each week)?
- Does your hospital have an eVetsite website builder powered by VIN?
Now you can link it all together with VINx
using your practice management system (AVImark, Intravet 3, Cornerstone, and taking beta testers for Impromed, VIA, and Intravet 4.0). VetVision, a previous VIN partner company, is now part of the VIN Family. VINx enables complete communication within your practice and with your clients, improving your medical team's performance.
Most importantly, the
VIN Family Pledge: Your data is yours. We will never sell your data or use it for marketing. You control the use of your data: to help you, your practice, and your patients, or to help advance veterinary medical knowledge.
Monticello Animal Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia
Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center in Chicago, Illinois
The Community College of Baltimore County Veterinary Technology Program in Baltimore, Maryland (Congratulations to the entire graduating class who just registered for membership AND enrolled in the VTNE Review course!)
Nanette Walker Smith
M.Ed., RVT, CVT, LVT
VSPN Content Director
Reminder: Your secure information is YOUR OWN. It should not be given out to anyone.