The Veterinary Support Personnel Network is for veterinary support staff working with, for, or in the field of veterinary medicine, under the direction of a licensed veterinarian.
Membership in VSPN is free. In order to have access to all of VSPN's community features including message boards, chats, and CE, you will need to register (click on the REGISTER button on the left side of this screen).
(General Public should utilize www.veterinarypartner.com, VIN/VSPN's public, veterinarian supervised website)
(Veterinarians should register at www.vin.com, the premier site for veterinarians)
REGISTERING for membership:
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 Nanette@vspn.org
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.
Thank you for helping us make VSPN the BEST online veterinary support staff site!
This week in VSPN:
Mark these interactive sessions on your calendar! To attend please go to the VSPN Chat/Rounds room (unless otherwise noted).
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Friday, May 24, 2013; 9 PM ET (USA)
Student Chat: Join Allison for the last Student Chat for the traditional school year! We will be taking a break for a few months and will resume in September.
Friday, May 24, 2013; 10 PM ET (USA)
Friday Open Chat: Do you have any special plans for the USA Memorial Day holiday? Please join Mark for an hour of catching up before you head off for a three day weekend.
May 25-27, 2013: No Chats, Rounds, or Classes
USA Memorial Day Holiday; VIN/VSPN offices closed Monday, May 27, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013; 930 PM ET (USA)
VSPN Notebook Rounds: Obtaining and Interpreting Blood Pressure Readings: Be sure and join Brandy S. for this important topic! Find out how to make sure blood pressures are being done correctly.
Thursday, May 30, 2013; 8 PM ET (USA)
FVTA (Florida) General Membership Meeting: FVTA members and all Floridians are invited to attend this monthly meeting in the VSPN Meeting Room
Friday, May 31, 2013; 10 PM ET (USA)
Friday Open Chat: Be sure and join Danielle for an hour of summertime fun!
FROM YOUR MESSAGE BOARDS
Oklahoma Tornado Disaster
ACVIM in Seattle June 12-15
Written surgical protocols for AAHA
Personal theft at the clinic
Client education and wellness fair ideas
Oil glands around the outer ear of a dog
Standard of care
News from Foundation for Biomedical Research
Employee drug testing
UK Veterinarians Welcome Schmallenberg Vaccine
CPR or code log
New Bachelor of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology Program
Being consistent when scheduling appointments
Dental wet lab at AVMA
Nasal congestion in animals
Electric fence requirements
BVA unveils full programme for London Vet Show 2013
Storing whole blood
FROM THE VIN NEWS SERVICE
Veterinarians see eye-to-eye to help kitten with birth defect
Message Board Discussion
Bill would give veterinarians OK to carry controlled drugs outside practices
Message Board Discussion
ABSTRACT OF THE WEEK
Impact of disinfectant-filled foot mats on mechanical transmission of bacteria in a veterinary teaching hospital.
Disinfectant-filled mats may not be uniformly effective in reducing the bacterial load on floors or in reducing mechanical tracking of S enterica from contaminated areas in a veterinary teaching hospital. Further studies are needed to determine effective measures to reduce mechanical transmission of bacteria on footwear in veterinary hospitals.
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK
BOOK REVIEWS OF THE WEEK
Diagnostic Parasitology for Veterinary Technicians, 4th Edition VSPN Review by Oreta M. Samples, RVT, MPH, DHSc
Fundamentals of Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians, 2nd Edition VSPN Review by Oreta M. Samples, RVT, MPH, DHSc
RECENT HANDOUTS / ROUNDS HIGHLIGHTS:
Anesthesia and Pain Management in Exotics
Fun Things to do With Your Staff
Dog Parks - Good or Bad
VSPN LIBRARY HIGHLIGHTS:
Many of our VSPN members are graduating from veterinary technician programs this month and next. The next step is creating that perfect resume, completing job applications, and starting the interview process. Entering the job market can be daunting but VSPN can help! There are many resources in the VSPN library that can help guide you:
Looking for a New Job? Building a Resume That Works!
Resume Writing and Cover Letter
What do veterinary technicians REALLY want out of their jobs?
VIN/VSPN CE courses available for registration:
For more information on Continual Education courses you can take online, please see the VIN/VSPN CE course listings at the top of the CE page.
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VSPN This Week
Oklahoma’s tornado tragedy this week humbles us all when, in moments, a happy spring day filled with thoughts of ‘school’s almost out’ and summer plans turns to devastation, missing and injured friends (human and animal), and disbelief. Response by our VIN News Service to locate reliable resources, check on members, and get the details on the ground was swift and is provided complete with resource and aid information in this VIN News Service article http://news.vin.com/VINNews.aspx?articleId=27199 (yes you can pass this on to your clients as well! Follow the VSPN Message Board discussion http://www.vin.com/Link.plx?ID=5813702
ACVIM Conference June 12-15: VSPN will have a booth in the exhibit hall and I would love to see as many of you as possible! VSPN Get Together Survey http://www.vin.com/Link.plx?ID=5814931 is in the message boards.
To our newest VSPN Moderator Sara Keller! Sara is an RVT moderating the Management Issues folder.
And welcome to the entire staff of Walton County Animal Clinic in DeFuniak Springs, Florida
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Nanette Walker Smith
M.Ed., RVT, CVT, LVT
VSPN Content Director
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