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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 24, 2014; 10:00 pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Rounds Room
  Friday Coffeehouse Rounds: Are you familiar with Bravecto? Lynda Paul will be here to discuss what it is and how it works.

Sunday, October 26, 2014; 10:00 pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Rounds Room
  Sunday Toxicology Rounds: Rodenticides with Jennifer McGregor. Learn how to run a case when a pet is suspected of ingesting rodent poison. This session will be delivered via audio.

Thursday, October 30, 2014; 8:00 pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Meeting Room
  FVTA General Membership Meeting: Come join us and support your Florida Veterinary Technician Association.

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 awhile!

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!

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From Your Message Boards
 New client follow up
 Refractometer conversion chart
 VTNE and state license application
 Used biopsy jar disposal
 Correct way to draw up two drugs
 Urine sediment finding
 Hypothalamic (pontine) myelenosis
 Digital camera for before and after dental pictures
 Reaching out to inactive clients
 Control drug log for spay/neuter clinic
 Proper storage of fluid bags
 Approved Veterinary Assistant program
 Budgeting CE for staff
 Ridgeback reproduction: no estrus
 PetSites holiday themes
 Cat recently diagnosed with Cushing's
 Separating the pet and owner during time of treatment
 Ventilator settings
 Acupuncture alternative
 Standing up for yourself
 Considering a relief technician business

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
 Breed predisposition and heritability of atrial fibrillation in the Standardbred horse: A retrospective case-control study.
Quarterhorses were significantly less likely to present with AF (OR 0.0578-0.6048), Standardbreds were more likely (OR 4.3874-10.9006). Of 22 first generation sires appearing =10 times in the case/control file, seven pacing and one trotting sire produced affected horses more frequently than expected (OR 2.66-66.32). Inbreeding was not a factor.

Websites of the Week
 Rancid Recipes
 Halloween Recipes
 Halloween Hazards For Pets
 Halloween Safety Tips
 Keeping Your Pet Safe This Halloween
 Frightfully Fun from Veterinary Partner
 History Of Halloween

Featured VSPN Notebook® Item of the Week
 Clinical Pathology Normal Ranges for Reptiles

Book Reviews of the Week
 Pathologic Basis of Veterinary Disease, Fifth Edition
 Atlas of Feline Ophthalmology, Second Edition

Recent Handouts / Rounds Highlights
 VSPN Front Desk Rounds: Dealing With Upset Clients
 VSPN Veterinary Assistant Rounds: Utilization
 Creative Interviewing Techniques for Results - Share Your Tips!
 Between a Rock and a Hard Place: "Baron" and The Complicated GDV

VSPN Library Highlights
 Anesthesia and Pain Management in Exotics
 Rat Behavior
 Lab Animal Medicine as a Career

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!
 STAF124-1014: Communication & Conflict Management Module 2: Conflict Management, Resolution, & Mentoring
 STAF120-1114: Communication & Conflict Management Module 3: Balancing Your Life & Managing Your Stress

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VSPN This Week

We have been experiencing some disconnect issues in our Unity rooms (classrooms and Rounds rooms). The Multimedia team is working very hard to diagnose and correct the issue, but it is proving to be inconsistent and not easily replicated. Until we can resolve this issue, if you receive numerous disconnects during a session first try to hardwire to your internet connection if you are on wireless. Next, please try our Beta site (the link to Beta is at the top of this column). We hope to have a resolution soon and thank you for your patience.

Thank you to all of our new Facebook followers! We had 85 new "likes" on our page last week which brings our total "likes" to over 3,000. What a great milestone to hit during National Veterinary Technician Week.

We have rolled out a new look to our CE course areas. We are experiencing some "growing pains" with the process and our VIN Dev Team has been wonderful in fixing issues we have seen. If you are enrolled in a CE course that has opened within the past two weeks, take a look around and let us know how you like it ( The VSPN staff really enjoys the new message board layout and we hope you do too!

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