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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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Chats and Rounds this week in VSPN

* Mark These Interactive Sessions On Your Calendar!
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Friday, April 18 , 2014; 10pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Chat Room
  Friday Chat: Take a break from dyeing Easter eggs to chat with your fellow VSPN members in this open chat.

Thursday, April 24, 2014; 8pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Meeting Room
  FVTA General Membership Meeting: FVTA members and all Floridians are invited to attend this monthly meeting. Come support Florida veterinary technicians!

Friday, April 25, 2014; 9pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Chat Room
  Student Chat: Finals and projects and papers...oh my! How do you survive the end of the semester?

Friday, April 25, 2014; 10pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Chat Room
  Friday Chat: Bring your favorite post Easter treats and join Lynda Paul to de-stress from the week.

Friday, May 2, 2014; 9pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Chat Room
  Friday Chat: Behavior Rounds: Rabbit Behavior with Sherrie Yuschak. Come learn how to interpret bunny body language and vocalizations.

Friday, May 2, 2014; 10pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Chat Room
  Book Club Rounds: Horse Heaven by Jane Smiley. Brandy Tabor is back to explore this novel that centers on horse racing.

From Your Message Boards
 Proper footwear for the practice
 Email reminders
 Pre-medicating with glycopyrrolate
 Surgery tie downs
 Alert code for those challenging clients
 Professional advice
 Ketamine use in canine with seizure history
 Web provider hunt
 SOP for common illnesses
 On the Floor at Dove training program
 Controlled substance policy
 Epogen and leukemia cat
 Hamster with eye issue
 CE topics for technicians in the dairy industry
 Production pay for management
 Phototherapy for jaundice
 Child proof containers
 ETCO2 F-Circuit vs. Bain
 Feline stool sample help
 Tardy veterinarians
 Name that gauze
 Pay scales

From The VIN News Service

 Dueling legislation a sore spot in horse community
     Message Board Discussion

Abstract of the Week
 New and emerging pathogens in canine infectious respiratory disease.
This review presents a summary of 6 viruses (canine respiratory coronavirus, canine pneumovirus, canine influenza virus, pantropic canine coronavirus, canine bocavirus, and canine hepacivirus) and 2 bacteria (Streptococcus zooepidemicus and Mycoplasma cynos) that have been associated with respiratory disease in dogs.

Website of the Week
 Artifacts Found In Fecal Floats/Smears

Book Reviews of the Week
 Laboratory Mouse – Procedural Techniques (manual and DVD) VSPN Book Review by Oreta M. Samples, RVT, MPH, DHSc
 Associate Buy-Ins – Structuring Successful Transitions, Second Edition VSPN Book Review by Oreta M. Samples, RVT, MPH, DHSc

Recent Handouts / Rounds Highlights
 Behavior Rounds: Dog Walking Gear

VSPN Library Highlights
May is Pet Cancer Awareness month. Research into this disease has progressed over the years, and treatment protocols continue to improve as do the treatment outcomes. Help raise awareness for your clients, share how to minimize the risks of developing the disease, and the options they have if their pet contracts it. Here are a few resources to help.
 Veterinary Oncology
 Oncology Forum
 Chemotherapy/Radiation Therapy Case

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!
 TECH137-0515: ECG Interpretation for the Purpose of Arrhythmia Identification Module 2
 STAF111-0514: Front Desk Module 2-Challenges Facing the Front Desk

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VSPN This Week

Nanette will be out a little while are some thoughts from the VSPN staff:

The VSPN staff would like to thank everyone who “liked” our Facebook page last week! We hit the 2500 mark for likes and even went a little beyond that! Watch for our posts daily on both Facebook and Twitter.

The VIN News Service Drug and Food Recall Center was established to provide information and links about recalls that affect veterinary practices and the clients and patients they may serve. You can view recent recalls or even an archive of past recalls. The Drug and Food Recall Center also features links to other recall resources, FDA drug shortages, Canada health and United Kingdom information.

VSPN CE has opened enrollment to several courses over the past couple of weeks. To see what courses are being offered, visit the VIN-VSPN CE Portal. Enroll early to take advantage of the early bird discount!

Stittsville Small Animal Clinic in Stittsville, Ontario, Canada
Animal Medical Associates in Saco, Maine

Nanette Walker Smith
VSPN Content Director

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