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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 help@vspn.org

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


Rounds This Week in VSPN

Friday, January 30, 2015; 10:00 pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Rounds Room
  Friday Coffeehouse Rounds: Join Elizabeth Warren and your fellow VSPNners in this open forum and tell us how your week went.

Sunday, February 1, 2015; 9:00 pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Rounds Room
  Sunday Rounds: How VSPN CE Works with Charlotte Waack. Join us for this session about how to take CE classes with us.

Sunday, February 1, 2015; 8:00 pm Mountain Time (USA) in the VSPN Meeting Room
  WyVTA General Membership Meeting: All members of the WyVTA (Wyoming) are invited to attend this meeting and support your state association.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015; 9:00 pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Rounds Room
  How to Navigate VSPN: Amy Oliver will be your host this evening to answer any questions you may have on how to make VSPN easier to navigate for you!

Friday, February 6, 2015; 9:00 pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Rounds Room
  Friday Rounds: It's Dental Month! VSPN moderator Mary Berg will be here for an hour of dental fun that you will not want to miss.

* To attend: Click on the Rounds room link to join the live online session at the date/time listed.
* Is your computer ready for attending sessions in Unity? Take the Unity Readiness Test
* The World Clock - Time Zones Click here to find out what time a session is in your neck of the world. (Use New York, NY as a reference for ET)


From Your Message Boards
 WVC VSPN Get Together
 Taking the sting out of Cerenia
 Drug mix expiration
 Gram stain disposal
 Online cytology courses
 Dental month promotional ideas
 Chronic diarrhea in older pony
 Inventory count incorrect on buprenorphine SR
 Specializing in nutrition
 Dexdomitor/hydromorphone pre-medication
 Client education on dentistry
 Contagious disease cleaning protocol
 Leptospirosis patient handling
 Transition to management
 Firelog challenge of the week
 Discoloration at incision site
 Radiology classes
 In search of a good capnograph book


From The VIN News Service
 Veterinarians urge AVMA to spin off accrediting body
     Message Board Discussion


Abstract of the Week
 Deslorelin for the treatment of hair cycle arrest in intact male dogs.
Hair regrowth was visible within 3 months in 12 of 16 intact male dogs (75%); no hair regrowth was noted in any neutered female dogs. The overall response to therapy was 60%. No adverse effects were noted.


Website of the Week
 Common Poultry Diseases


Featured VSPN NotebookŪ Item of the Week
 Oral Cavity


Book Reviews of the Week
 Behavior Advice for Clients (CD included) VSPN Book Review by Sharlene Halozan, RVT
 Manual of Diagnostic Cytology of the Dog and Cat VSPN Book Review by Lynda Paul, LVT, VTS (CP-Can/Fel)


Recent Handouts / Rounds Highlights
 Sunday Rounds: Anesthetic Considerations for Geriatric Patients
 VSPN Rounds: Dermatophytes


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!
 TECH163-0215: Controlling Controlled Drugs
 STAF129-0315: Effective Staff Meetings and Training

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VSPN This Week

The VSPN staff was busy this past week welcoming many new members. Membership in VSPN is granted to the individual student or staff member, but we wanted to give a welcome to these groups that joined VSPN this week: Brown Mackie College (Cincinnati, Ohio), Crowder College (Neosho, Missouri) and Terrell Veterinary Clinic (Lakeway, Texas).

We hope all of our members in the northeast have weathered the blizzard well. While the New York City forecasters may have missed the mark, other areas did experience up to two feet of snow including New Hampshire, where VSPN staff member Barb Burri resides. Stay warm and we hope Mother Nature gives you a break from shoveling soon!

Have you wanted to take a CE course in VSPN but just was not sure how it all works? What are interactive Real Time Sessions? What if I cannot attend when they are scheduled? How do I earn a certificate of participation? Can I take a class using my iPad? Charlotte will walk you through how it all works and answer any questions you may have about VSPN CE. See the listing under Rounds This Week in VSPN just to the left of this column. Just click on the hyperlink to the VSPN Rounds Room to attend this session.

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