Start the New Year right – Membership Support of your state and national associations (veterinary technician, practice manager, kennel club, training group, specialty, etc.) should be high on your end of the year list, so make sure you have those renewals ready to send. I know it’s the last thing you want to think about. For some of us it’s also end of the year credential update (aka panic time) so best to just roll it all together and get it done. Membership is important in numbers, but ACTIVE membership is even better. Does that mean you have to be on the board? No. But lending your voice, thoughts, ideas, and input are essential. Just look at these two associations who have utilized VSPN and the Internet to help keep them going in abstract situations (geography, population, and connectivity). These small, but functional groups have managed to keep doing great things in their respective states by using what is available to them and finding ways to make it work. Just think what YOU could do with a little bit of input in your state!
I encourage you to take a look at the links below, get some ideas, and get out there and make a difference in 2014. If you are in Wyoming or Alaska – your applications are here! Get them completed and sent! Wyoming’s meeting is online in our conference meeting room Sunday night the 8th. Be a part of the changes happening; don’t complain if you aren’t.
*Wyoming Veterinary Technician Association (WyVTA) Annual Meeting December 8 at 8pm Mountain time in the VSPN Meeting Room. Please read President Deana Baker’s
letter and join us!
*Alaska Veterinary Technician Association (AVTA).
Membership Application for 2014 has been posted to their association folder.
2014 Rounds and New Phone Extensions
We’ll be starting off the 2014 Rounds schedule with some incredible topics including:
Joint Rounds session on Abused and Neglected Animals with guest lecturer Phil Arkow,
New Fluid Therapy Rate Recommendations,
and an entire year of Behavior topics with Sherrie every first Friday.
And, fingers crossed, a new calendar format will be ready to show off within the next couple of weeks just in time for you to look ahead and put these and more on your calendars for 2014!
New phone extensions are now in service for VSPN and VSPN CE in order to serve our ever growing membership more efficiently.
Phone numbers are: 800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881 or from the UK: 01452226154
Anything VSPN: ext 791 or email email@example.com
Anything CE related > VSPN CE: ext 792 or email VSPNCE@vspn.org
Circle City Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Hospital in Carmel, Indiana
Back on Track Veterinary Rehabilitation in Portland, Oregon
- WyVTA Annual Meeting December 8th and 2014 Application
- 2014 Alaska VTA Membership Application
- Name that surgical instrument
- Metric conversions
- Dusting off the good old resume
- Spayed feline that has symptoms of being in heat
- Secret Santa and round robin fun for staff during the holidays
- Memorial tree
- National Animal Health Emergency Response Corps
- Procedure for blood glucose sampling from catheter
- Veiled chameleon surgery
- Feline nutrition
- Cribbing horse
- Super-manic episodes in newly adopted feral kittens
- The toxic veterinary technician
- Detection dogs
- Trazodone in place of acepromazine for anxiety
- Wireless headset at the front desk
- Thyroid cancer in veterinary professionals
- Length of time for a working interview
- Canine with large input and output amounts of water
- Exam room instruments
- Capillaria and Aelurostrongylus in 9 week old kitten
- Do we need a suggestion box button
FROM THE VIN NEWS SERVICE:
VSPN CE Course Catalog
First course for 2014!
Introduction to Personal Finance-Basic Strategies for Spending and Budgeting
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Note: All courses are submitted for approval for continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB 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 of continuing education. Call VSPN CE at for further information. (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board).
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Friday, December 6, 2013; 10pm ET (USA)
Friday Rounds: Your Most Memorable Cases of 2013: I am sure we have all had at least one unforgettable case this year. Be sure to join us this Friday and let Lynda P. know what yours was. Who knows, someone else may have had something similar and we can share notes.
WyVTA Annual Meeting
Sunday, December 8, 2013; 8pm MT (USA)
WyVTA (Wyoming) Annual Membership Meeting: WyVTA members and all Wyomingites are invited to attend this monthly meeting in the VSPN Meeting Room. This will be an Annual Membership Meeting – Please see this discussion thread for more information.
Thursday, December 12, 2013; 9pm ET (USA)
Notebook Rounds: Kirby’s Rule of 20 Part 2. Did you enjoy Part 1 last month? Refresh your memory by reviewing the transcript and set the date for December 12th on your calendar for Part 2 with Brandy.
Coming Up Next Friday:
Friday, December 13, 2013; 9pm ET (USA)
Student Chat: Are you getting ready for finals? Any study hints you would like to share? Or is it time to take a study break? Be sure and chime in your thoughts and ideas to help out your fellow VSPNer’s!
Friday December 13, 2013; 10pm ET (USA)
Friday Rounds: What VSPN can do for YOU! 2014 is going to be a great year for us here at VSPN. Not only is Chris gearing up for NAVC in January, she would like to share some of the great things that VSPN can do for you now and in the upcoming year. This is also a great opportunity to give us your input on improvements you would like to see in 2014! We THINK we know what you want – let’s see if we’re even close!
Sunday, December 15, 2013; 8pm ET (USA) *AUDIO*
VIN/VSPN Joint Rounds: A Kind of Blue: Arterial Blood Gas Basics. Join Noah in the VIN/VSPN Joint Rounds Room for a lively team building joint rounds discussion on arterial blood gases. Even if your hospital doesn’t do them, this might be a great opportunity to learn more as a team and determine if and how these parameters are a benefit to your patients.
Website of the Week
Abstract of the Week
Risk behaviours exhibited by free-roaming cats in a suburban US town.
VSPN Library Highlights
The VSPN library has a wealth of information and resources for our members to utilize. The chats and rounds transcripts are available for those who are unable to attend the live session or for those researching a topic. Whether you are updating or creating forms or handouts for your clinic, please peruse our handouts and forms section. You can also find book reviews written by the VSPN staff. Here are just a few highlights that can be located on the VSPN library page. The ‘archived’ handouts we’ve listed are in consideration of being moved to the VSPN Notebook® so let us know if they are keepers!
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