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.
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Chats and Rounds this week in VSPN
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Friday, March 7, 2014; 9pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Chat Room
Behavior Rounds: Spring Fever-Enriching Your Pet's Indoor Life: Sherrie Yuschak returns for this month's topic for you to join in and discuss ways to help make inside time for your pet stimulating and safe.
Friday, March 7, 2014; 10pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Chat Room
Book Club Rounds: Giant George: Life with the World's Biggest Dog by Dave Nasser, Lynne Barrett-Lee. Brandy Tabor and Oreta Samples will lead the discussion on this fascinating book that discusses life with a Great Dane.
March 9, 2014: Time Change Tonight!
Don't forget to set your clocks ahead an hour tonight and "spring" forward!
Sunday, March 9, 2014; 9:30pm ET (USA) in the VIN/VSPN Joint Rounds Room
VIN/VSPN Joint Rounds: Abused/Neglected Animals presented by Katherine Dobbs Join your hosts for a presentation that provides practical guidance for veterinarians and their staff for an effective response to suspected animal cruelty, abuse and neglect.
Friday, March 14, 2014; 9pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Chat Room
Student Chat: Meet other students! Compare study notes, collegiate challenges, success stories, and more.
Friday, March 14, 2014; 10pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Chat Room
Friday Rounds: Brainstorming with Julie: Marketing in 2017 - What Will It Look Like? Julie Singer returns this month for an enlightening conversation on what challenges you face marketing your clinic or hospital in the future.
From Your Message Boards
From The VIN News Service
Equine hospital by New York racetrack revived
Message Board Discussion
Boyce ushers major changes to NAVLE while eyeing retirement
Message Board Discussion
Abstract of the Week
Prevalence of feline blood groups in the Montreal area of Quebec, Canada.
The frequency of blood types among the studied population was as follows: 95.2% type A, 4.4% type B, and 0.48% type AB. Among domestic cats, the frequency was 94.4% for type A, 5% for type B, and 0.6% for type AB. The frequency of type B was higher than expected, which reinforces the recommendation to ensure blood compatibility of the recipient and donor before transfusion through typing and possibly cross-matching as well.
Website of the Week
Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners
Book Reviews of the Week
The Consulting Veterinary Nurse
Veterinary Infection Prevention and Control
Recent Handouts / Rounds Highlights
DEA Rules that Every Practitioner Must Know
A Manager's Tool Chest - What Would You Put in Yours?
Zebra Derm: Cases That Aren't Necessarily Dermatology Cases
VSPN Library Highlights
The VSPN Notebook® was created by veterinary technicians, veterinarians, and veterinary support staff for their colleagues as a quick reference text both online and in print chock full of information that veterinary technicians and support staff need in practice. VIN and VSPN Members have access to the online version VSPN Notebook® via the banner link at the center of the VSPN main page on from the VSPN Library page. Our VSPN moderators and staff have presented rounds sessions highlighting information found in the Notebook®. Here are just a few:
Animal Training Models Positive and Negative
CBC Counting and Blood Smear
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!
STAF110-0414: Front Desk Module 1-Exceptional Client Skills
STAF134-0414: Empathy and Reflective Listening
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VSPN This Week
The Veterinary Support Personnel Network has been around for a long time! Almost as long as VIN and we thought it would be prudent to highlight some of our dedicated moderators who have helped VSPN continue to be such a support for the veterinary community for more than a decade; thank you for ALL you do!
Robin Del Bove
Kudos for our moderator and VSPN CE instructor Mark Sharpless
being added to the charter group putting together the Veterinary Technician Specialty Academy (VTS) for Lab Animal Medicine.
This week we bring you an updated banner to link to VetQuest Classifieds. These are classifieds hosted by VIN where you can post or find people, equipment, and more within your VIN Community - for free! And VetzInsight, a relatively new feature to the VIN Family, but well known to those who frequent the VSPN Facebook page. VetzInsight is a VIN feature we can all enjoy and understand; a lighthearted, sideways look at companion animal issues written by veterinarian pet owners for pet owners and is open to share with staff and clients as well. For the quick 'break' in the day you need!
Pima Medical Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado
New Canaan Veterinary Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut
Columbia River Veterinary Specialists in Vancouver, Washington
Nanette Walker Smith
MEd, RVT, CVT, LVT
VSPN Content Director
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