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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.

REGISTERING for membership: Help and Hints for completing a VSPN application.
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

Thank you for helping us make VSPN the BEST online veterinary support staff site!

VSPN Rounds
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All sessions will be held in the VSPN Rounds room unless otherwise noted.

Friday, April 24, 2015; 9:00 pm ET: Community Connections
Host: Charlotte Waack, CVT, RVT

Sunday, April 26, 2015; 9:00 pm ET: Desiccant and O2 Absorbent Toxicology
Host: Erin Freed, BA, CVT

Wednesday, April 29, 2015; 9:00 pm ET: Case Rodenticide Toxicity
Host: Justin Chandlr, CVT, VTS (ECC)

Thursday, April 30, 2015; 8:00 pm ET: Florida Veterinary Technician Association Meeting
This meeting will take place in the VSPN Meeting Room

Friday, May 1, 2015; 9:00 pm ET: Behavior Topics
Host: Sherrie Yuschak, AAS, RVT, VTS (Behavior)

From Your Message Boards
 Blood clot in stored whole blood
 Pricing for dental extractions
 Legal matters in the veterinary world
 Toxicology challenge: Electrical cord ingestion
 Canine body map
 Opinions on Leading Edge IV pump
 Informing clients that schedule is full for the day
 Re-order point for inventory
 Torbutrol as a premedication
 Adding pressure gauge on an anesthesia machine
 Is Veraflox usable post dental in cats?
 Basic handling techniques of canines and felines
 Against medical advice form
 Cerenia intranasal use
 Going paperless
 Meloxicam and Rimadyl
 Rabies laws
 Supera universal control arm usage

From The VIN News Service
 Facial-recognition apps scout lost pets

Abstract of the Week
 Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection.
The guidelines in this article provide veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary health care workers with an overview of evidence-based recommendations for the best practices associated with environmental cleaning and disinfection of a veterinary clinic that deals with small animals.

Website of the Week
 Equine Lameness Diagnosis

Book Reviews of the Week
 BSAVA Textbook of Veterinary Nursing, Fifth edition VSPN Book Review by Elizabeth Warren, LVT
 Animal Welfare in Veterinary Practice VSPN Book Review by Elizabeth Warren, LVT

Recent Rounds Transcripts
 Case Studies from Auburn University ER
 How to Succeed in an Online Tech Program

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!

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VSPN This Week

Starting Monday, April 27, we have some changes coming to the VSPN Main page. While the overall format will be close to what it is now, we hope these changes will bring members to check the main page more often.

The column on the right side of the page is changing to a membership center of sorts. We will have the membership criteria in that teal box, a new button to submit an application to VSPN and a new button to access MyVSPN.

We will only have 6 message board threads featured, but those will change on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If we have an especially busy week on the boards, we may change those featured posts more often.

Since the column will be going away, we will have a new section for news close to the top of the page. We will post reminders of what is happening in the vet med world such as when tramadol went to a controlled substance. We will also post breaking news in this section as we learn of it. Again, this is an area to keep an eye on - it can change day to day!

I hope you like these changes. Please feel free to contact me with your opinion! Also, if there is breaking news happening in your area that you feel our members should know, please email me at

- Charlotte Waack, CVT, RVT


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