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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, October 31, 2014; 10:00 pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Rounds Room
  Friday Coffeehouse Rounds: Don't be scared to log on and join us! Stop by and chat with Lynda Paul and Mark Sharpless.

Sunday, November 2, 2014; 10:00 pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Rounds Room
  Sunday Rounds: Moral Distress will be presented by Katherine Dobbs. Learn what it is and how you can combat it. This session will be delivered via audio. **NOTE: Be sure to check the time in your area; Daylight Savings Time ends November 2!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014; 10:00 pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Rounds Room
  How to Navigate VSPN: Jennifer Klotch will be on hand to be your own personal GPS service in finding your way around our community.

Friday, November 7, 2014; 9:00 pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Rounds Room
  Behavior Rounds: Canine/Feline Adolescent Behavior: Don't miss Sherrie Yuschak's last behavior rounds of the year!

Friday, November 7, 2014; 10:00 pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Rounds Room
  Friday Coffeehouse Rounds: Danielle Russ will host this open forum. Stop in and share with her your ups and downs of the week.

Sunday, November 9, 2014; 9:00 pm ET (USA) in the VIN-VSPN Rounds Room
  VIN/VSPN Joint Rounds: Canine Obesity. Allison Wara, DVM, and Craig Datz, DVM, DABVP, DACVN will be on hand to cover this growing health problem.

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From Your Message Boards
 New VINx team member
 Alternative for cough suppression
 Pulse oximeter units
 Collecting deposits from clients
 Triage training
 Firing a client letter
 Therapeutic laser therapy treatment charges
 Jorgensen Cuffil
 Blood smear finding
 Dental radiograph machines
 Internal or external IT support
 Bengal nose abnormality
 CPDA-1 blood bag shelf life
 Obtaining accurate blood pressures in cats
 Name blunders
 Texting pet owners from personal phone
 Canine with low grade gingival fibrosarcoma
 Utilizing a technician for receptionist position
 Employee piercings and tattoos

From The VIN News Service

 Dog under Ebola watch gets high-level caretakers
     Message Board Discussion
 Changes coming to common rodent poison
     Message Board Discussion

Abstract of the Week
 An owner survey of toys, activities, and behavior problems in indoor cats
Most owners (64%) played with their cat more than 2 times per day and reported play bout durations of 5 (33%) or 10 minutes (25%). Owners who reported play bout time of 5 minutes or more reported fewer behavioral problems than those with play bouts of 1 minute.

Websites of the Week
 Disaster Distress Hotline

Featured VSPN Notebook® Item of the Week
 Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Nervous System

Book Reviews of the Week
 Practical Veterinary Urinalysis VSPN Book Review by Sharlene Halozan, RVT
 Reconstructive Surgery and Wound Management of the Dog and Cat

Recent Handouts / Rounds Highlights
 VSPN Toxicology Rounds: Rodenticides
 Are you Familiar with Bravecto?
 VSPN Front Desk Rounds: Dealing With Upset Clients
 VSPN Veterinary Assistant Rounds: Utilization

VSPN Library Highlights
 Interventional Radiology
 CT and MRI
 Sniffing out Information from Nasal Radiographs

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!
 STAF120-1114: Communication & Conflict Management Module 3: Balancing Your Life & Managing Your Stress
 TECH170-1114: Anesthetic Complications: Arrhythmias

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VSPN This Week

Daylight savings time (DST) ends this weekend at 2:00 am on November 2 here in the USA. Remember to turn your clocks back one hour!

Have you missed a VSPN Rounds session and were wondering when the transcript would be available? We feature the links to recent transcripts on this page and in the VSPN This Week newsletter. We are working on trying to have most Rounds transcripts ready within 48 hours. If it was an all audio session it may take an additional 2-3 days. You can get a sneak peek at our Rounds transcripts by following us on Twitter or liking our Facebook page. There is still time to get in your hours, but you will need to enroll soon!

United States government elections are coming up next week, but NAVTA elections are also on the horizon. Keep an eye out for an email from NAVTA soon with the link to the election ballet. Make sure to cast your vote for our national veterinary technician organization.

VSPN On The Road (kind of):
Charlotte is in Las Vegas this week attending a conference about e-learning with some of the other VIN staffers. It is a bit unusual for her to be an attendee as she usually works at conferences! She hopes to bring back ideas on new, fun items we can incorporate into our CE courses!

Forest West Animal Clinic in Houston, Texas


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