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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.

REGISTERING for membership: Help and Hints for completing a VSPN application.
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

Thank you for helping us make VSPN the BEST online veterinary support staff site!

Rounds This Week in VSPN

* To attend: Click on the Rounds room link to join the live online session at the date/time listed.
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* The World Clock - Time Zones Click here to find out what time a session is in your neck of the world. (Use New York, NY as a reference for ET)

Friday, August 29, 2014; 10pm ET in the VSPN Rounds Room
  Friday Coffeehouse Rounds: Did you graduate from a VA or Tech program? Did you get a promotion or land your dream job? Was there a case that you just cannot get out of your mind? Inquiring minds want to know. Join Chris Upchurch to share how your summer went.

Sunday, August 31, 2014; 10pm ET in the VSPN Rounds Room
  Sunday Rounds: The Difference Between Animal Welfare and Animal Rights Do YOU know what it is? Cindy Dittmar will be here to explain!

Monday, September 1, 2014
  Labor Day (US Holiday): No Rounds or CE sessions today.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014; 3pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Rounds Room
  How To Navigate VSPN with Mary Harris. Learn how to incorporate VSPN into your professional life.

Friday, September 5, 2014; 9pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Rounds Room
  Behavior Rounds: Puppy/Kitten Behavior. Sherrie Yuschak will help you decipher feline and canine pediatric behavior.

Friday, September 5, 2014; 10pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Rounds Room
  Friday Coffeehouse Rounds: Equine Nutrition: The Basics. JCome join other VSPNers to network, visit, or discuss a case.

From Your Message Boards
 Production calculations
 Alfaxalone makes its appearance in the USA
 Technician wanting to extend dental expertise
 ACVS roommate
 PetSites/VINx Happy Cat Month newsletter
 Clinic dishwasher for patient dishes
 Standing or sitting receptionists?
 Serum for phenobarbital levels
 Treatment for coccidia in a kitten
 Ferret diets
 Controlled substance logs
 Cleaning alligator clips
 Compensation and benefits survey
 Cat friendly mixed practices
 Propoflo28 in cats
 Oddity found on dental radiograph
 Cardiac arrest with anesthesia induction
 Physical rehabilitation/massage training
 Pursuing a specialty
 Benefits for staff

From The VIN News Service

 Veterinarians, schools emphasize yearly pet checkups
     Message Board Discussion

Abstract of the Week
 Pet Obesity Management: Beyond Nutrition.
Obesity is a nutritional disorder requiring lifelong management; however, when veterinarians go beyond standard treatment to include an understanding of human-animal interaction, it is also one of the few conditions in veterinary medicine that is completely preventable and curable.

Website of the Week
 Animal Welfare Information Center: Companion Animals

Featured VSPN Notebook® Item of the Week
 Employment & Labor Law Websites (United States)

Book Reviews of the Week
 Good Governance and Financing of Efficient Veterinary Services VSPN Book Review by Oreta M. Samples, RVT, MPH, DHSc
 Brucellosis: Recent Developments towards "One Health" VSPN Book Review by Oreta M. Samples, RVT, MPH, DHSc

Recent Handouts / Rounds Highlights
 Basic Equine Nutrition
 VIN/VSPN Rounds: Sedating and Treating the Difficult Dog or Cat: How Do I Examine Him If I Can't Even Get Close?
 VIN/VSPN Rounds: Pangolins in your Exam Room: The Consequences of Illegally Imported Animals

VSPN Library Highlights
 Earning Respect When You're the New Kid on the Block
 Excelling Into 2014 - What Are Your Professional Goals?
 Volunteer Opportunities for Veterinary Technicians

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!
 TECH205-1014: The Art of Interpreting Arterial Blood Gases in Small Animal Patients
 TECH239-1014: Wound Management

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VSPN This Week

The VIN-VSPN offices will be closed Monday, September 1, 2014 for the US Labor Day holiday. The VSPN administrative team will be checking email periodically this holiday weekend, but response may be a little slower than normal.

Veterinary technology and veterinary assisting programs are keeping the VSPN admin team busy with processing applications! It is great to see so many programs sending students our way. Before completing your application, please take a look at our How to Complete a VSPN Application document. If you have not heard from us after 48 hours, please contact the staff at

VSPN will be on the road again soon. Charlotte will be heading to Indianapolis, Indiana to help with the cybercafés at IVECCS. The VSPN Get Together will be held on Thursday, September 11, 2014. Stop by the Get Together to meet many of our VSPN moderators, instructors and members! For more information, please see this messsage board thread.

Mars Petcare issued a dog food recall on August 26, 2014. Click on the banner link to the VIN Drug and Food Recall center at the bottom of the VSPN Main page to learn more.

VSPN CE has added five brand new courses to the open for enrollment list! Check out these exciting courses in nursing and practice management on the VIN-VSPN CE Portal page.

Carrington College Veterinary Technology Program in San Jose, California
Fort Valley State University Veterinary Technology Program in Fort Valley, Georgia
Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market Veterinary Technology Program in Herrin, Illinois
Highlands Pet Hospital in Concord, North Carolina


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