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Happy Thanksgiving
The VSPN team would like to wish all of our US members a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday! We know many of our members will be working on Thursday, and we thank them for all they do to take care of their patients over the holiday. The VIN/VSPN offices will be closed November 23-26, 2016. We will still be checking applications, email, and voicemail, but replies may be delayed.

The holiday season can be challenging for those who are struggling with issues such as grief, depression, or work-related stress. Thanks to the VIN Foundation, there is support out there for veterinary staff members that need a little support during challenging times. Support4Support is a peer-support group that meets weekly in a private area on VIN/VSPN. Support4Support also offers one-on-one mentoring.

If you are interested in the support group, please email Support4Support founders Charlotte Waack at Charlotte@vspn.org or Katherine Dobbs at Katherine@vspn.org.


VIN News Service
How veterinarians handle aggressive patients – Part I
When safety, learning conflict in veterinary school – Part II
Aggressive pets adopted out in quest to save animals’ lives – Part III

VETzInsight
Coughing, Coughing, Coughing, But Why?

Abstract of the Week
Survey of referring veterinarians' perceptions of and reasons for referring patients to rehabilitation facilities.

Website of the Week
ChooseMyPlate


Rounds Transcripts

VIN/VSPN Joint Rounds: Social Media Marketing through Facebook

2015 Rounds Transcripts



  1. Hypotension
  2. Marketing an equine practice
  3. Staff insurance benefits
  4. Expired drug disposal
  5. Liquid inventory counts
  6. Mucus clot in urinalysis
  7. NAVTA National Credential Task Force survey
  8. Call for abstracts
  9. Kinkajou question
  10. Dexdomitor as pre-med vs sedation dose
  11. Diff Quick procedure



The Complete Urinalysis Module 2-Abnormalities and Case Studies
Enrollment closes next Wednesday, November 30 for the VSPN CE course, The Complete Urinalysis Module 2-Abnormalities and Case Studies. Instructors Cheryl Stockman, MT (ASCP) and Joyce Knoll, VMD, PhD, DACVP will help the technician understand how the veterinarian uses the results of urine samples to diagnose medical issues in dogs and cats.

Take a look at VSPN CE listings for 2017: VSPN CE Catalog



Click to change the image (Image5) Rounds This Week
All times are listed in ET (USA). To convert to time in your area, try this time zone converter. Use America/New York for ET zone.

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VSPN Rounds | VSPN Meeting Room | VIN/VSPN Rounds

Friday, December 2, 2016; 9:00 pm EST
Behavior Rounds
Host: Sherrie Yuschak, AAS, RVT, VTS (Behavior)

Sunday, December 4, 2016; 4:00 pm Alaska Time
AKVTA General Membership Meeting
This meeting will take place in the VSPN Meeting Room
This session will feature audio

Sunday, December 4, 2016; 8:00 pm Mountain Time
WyVTA General Membership Meeting
This meeting will take place in the VSPN Meeting Room

Sunday, December 4, 2016; 9:00 pm EST
I Passed My VTS, Now What?
Hosts: Brandy Helewa, CVT, RVT, AAS, VTS (ECC) and Liz Hughston, MEd, RVT, CVT, VTS (SAIM, ECC)
This session will feature audio



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