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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.

Membership criteria: To join the VSPN community, you must be working under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian or enrolled in an AVMA or CAAHT approved veterinary technology program. Membership in VSPN is free.

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Rounds This Week in VSPN

Friday, December 19, 2014; 10:00 pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Rounds Room
  Friday Coffeehouse Rounds: Keeping Busy During the Slow Season with Lynda Paul.

December 24-26, 2014
  VIN-VSPN offices will be closed from 1:00 pm PT on December 24 to December 26 at 8:00 am PT. Friday Coffeehouse Rounds will not meet this week, due to the holiday.

Sunday, December 28, 2014; 10:00 pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Rounds Room
  Sunday Rounds: Join Erin Freed to learn there is about Mothball Toxicity.
  This session will use audio.

December 31, 2014-January 2, 2015 (USA)
  VIN-VSPN offices will be closed from 1:00 pm PT on December 31 to January 2 at 8:00 am PT.

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From Your Message Boards
 Inspiratory CO2
 Urinalysis odd finding
 Reconstituted injectable antibiotics
 Tail docking issue
 Technician contract
 Dexdomitor and atropine interactions
 Cat with sudden vomiting and weight loss
 Tramadol disappearing from the hospital
 Pet insurance compliance
 Leptospirosis vaccine for Havanese breed
 Pet's exposure to the liquid in a snow globe
 Food portions for shelter cats
 Portable hand held ultrasound
 Safety coordinator
 Wanting to upgrade skills in clinical pathology
 Gruel recipe
 Management documents
 Alfaxalone for induction & maintenance

From The VIN News Service
 Web address extension .vet among hundreds rolling out
     Message Board Discussion

Abstract of the Week
 Evaluation of the learning curve for a board-certified veterinary surgeon performing laparoendoscopic single-site ovariectomy in dogs.
The learning curve for laparoendoscopic single-site ovariectomy was short and definable. Short-term outcome was excellent. Results of this study suggested that an experienced laparoscopic surgeon may anticipate achieving proficiency with this technique after performing approximately 8 procedures.

Websites of the Week
Christmas History
The Twelve Ways To Health Song
Christmas At Rainbow Bridge
Boxing Day
Winter Solstice
Christmas Holiday Safety For Pets
Getting A Pet For Christmas?
Kwanzaa History

Featured VSPN NotebookŪ Item of the Week
 Common Vaccinations for Equines

Book Reviews of the Week
 Equine Clinical Pathology VSPN Book Review by Brandy Tabor, CVT, VTS (ECC)
 BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Radiography and Radiology VSPN Book Review by Sharlene Halozan, RVT

Recent Handouts / Rounds Highlights
 Assertiveness for Women in Healthcare
 How to Write a Case Report for your VTS Application

VSPN Library Highlights
 VSPN Library
Did you know that the VSPN Library contains over 850 items that include rounds transcripts, handouts, practice management forms and links to areas of interest? With our new format in a VIN project, most items within the library can be found by using the search function. Take a look around to find some great resources!

VIN/VSPN Continual Education
Look no further for the best, most comprehensive CE courses taught by world-class instructors. Whether you're a veterinarian, veterinary assistant, veterinary technician, office manager, or practice owner, we have the CE you need. See our CE Catalog page for VIN CE and VSPN CE Catalogs!
 Compassion Fatigue Module 1: Healing Ourselves
 STAF121-0115: Veterinary Medical Terminology - The Basics

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VSPN This Week

The VIN-VSPN offices will be closed December 24 from 1:00 pm PT until December 26 at 8:00 am PT. We will have staff members checking email and processing applications through this time but response time may delayed a little.

We usually send the VSPN This Week Newsletter out on Thursday evenings, but next week it will be sent early Friday morning so our staff can enjoy the holidays. The VSPN staff wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday. For those who are working at emergency clinics during Christmas, we thank you for being there for clients and their pets!

VSPN would like to take a minute to thank each and every one of the instructors who have taught CE courses on VSPN this year. We are so fortunate to have great instructors that put together some of the best CE courses online. Your time, work and service to our community are very much appreciated. Thank you!

We bid farewell for now to a few of our VSPN Moderators. Meri Hall, Sara Keller, Kim Wilson, Kris Paige, Jennifer Kollock and Jessica Birdwell have been wonderful moderators for our community and we hope they will one day return. We thank each and every one of the moderators for all of their assistance with our members.

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