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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 aapproved veterinary technology program. Membership in VSPN is free.

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Rounds This Week in VSPN

Friday, November 21, 2014; 10:00 pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Rounds Room
  Friday Coffeehouse Rounds: Kick back with Danielle and your fellow VSPN members for this open forum.

Sunday, November 23, 2014; 9:00 pm ET (USA) in the VIN-VSPN Joint Rounds Room
  VIN-VSPN Joint Rounds: The Health Effects of Neutering with Benjamin L. Hart, DVM, PhD, Lynette A. Hart, BS, MA, PhD, Sherri Wilson, DVM, DACVIM, and Joni Freshman, DVM, DACVIM)
  Note: This session will have an audio component

November 27-30
  VIN/VSPN offices closed: No CE classes, Rounds, USA Thanksgiving Holiday

Tuesday, December 2, 2014; 9:00 pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Rounds Room
  VSPN Notebook Rounds: Medical Calculations and Conversions: Elizabeth Warren will be on hand to take the mystery out of math.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014; 5:00 pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Rounds Room
  How To Navigate VSPN: Mary Harris will be your guide!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014; 8:30 pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Rounds Room
  How to Write a Case Report for your VTS Application: Join Brandy Sprunger-Helewa and Liz Hughston for hints and help!
  Note: This session will have an audio component

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From Your Message Boards
 AVTCP application inquiry
 Causes of hypocapnia
 Dental radiology in the treatment room
 Organizer for pet's belongings
 Wall shield guidelines
 Practice valuation
 Ectoparasites chart
 Salivary mucocele
 Hospital identification tags
 Cleaning and disinfecting in the zoo environment
 Basic microscope usage
 On the hunt for a new patient warming system
 Trying to get excited about orthopedic surgeries
 Dental x-ray struggles

From The VIN News Service

 Veterinarians voicing opinions on accreditation are not 'elitists'
     Message Board Discussion

Abstract of the Week
 Evaluation of in vivo behavior of ameroid ring constrictors in dogs with congenital extrahepatic portosystemic shunts using computed tomography.
No ameroid constrictor closed completely: shunt occlusion was always dependent on soft tissue within the ameroid ring. Residual flow through the shunt was present in 4 dogs (18%), although this caused persistent elevation of shunt fraction in only 1 dog (dog 8).

Websites of the Week
 Thanksgiving Safety

Featured VSPN NotebookŪ Item of the Week
 Intake Procedures

Book Reviews of the Week
 Fluid Therapy for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses VSPN Book Review by Lynda Paul, LVT, VTS (CP - Canine/Feline)
 Handbook of Venoms and Toxins of Reptiles First Edition VSPN Book Review by Brandy Tabor, CVT, VTS (ECC)

Recent Handouts / Rounds Highlights
 VSPN Rounds: Mentorship Programs-Share Ideas How To Get Started
 VSPN Rounds: DEA Rules Update
 2014 Hambletonian Conference Review
 VIN/VSPN Rounds: Fat Dog Slim: How to Develop a Safe and Effective Weight Loss Plan for Canine Patients

VSPN NotebookŪ New Release
 Office Visits and History Taking

VSPN Library Highlights
 Shelter Medicine - Specialties in Design
 Shelter Medicine - The No Kill Debate
 Shelter Neuter/Spay Deaths

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!
 STAF141-0115: Wellness Programs
 TECH123-0115: Canine and Feline Allergies

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VSPN This Week

Did you know that you can now logout of VSPN member's only areas? Whether someone else forgot to logout of their account or if you want to make sure you are logged out yourself, go to any member's only area (such as message boards, VSPN NotebookŪ) and click on the Logout link on the upper right side of the page. Many of our VSPN pages are not behind member's only security and will not have a logout link, but all member's only areas will have this feature to help you keep your account information secure.

The VIN-VSPN offices will be closed next Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday in the USA. The VSPN administrative staff will be checking email and applications over the holiday weekend but response time may be slightly delayed. We hope everyone has a safe holiday.

We have some really great Rounds sessions coming up on the schedule! Topics include medical math, VTS applications, How to Navigate VSPN and of course, our wonderful Friday Night Coffeehouse sessions which is an open forum to share how YOUR week has gone. We hope you enjoy attending these live sessions where our VSPN moderators will answer your questions!

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