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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 17, 2014; 10:00 pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Rounds Room
  Friday Coffeehouse Rounds: Kris Paige will be here to discuss implementing acupuncture in your practice and share what she learned from Dr. Tim Holt at Colorado State University.

Sunday, October 19, 2014; 10:00 pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Rounds Room
  Front Desk/Client Service Rounds: VSPN Notebook® Dealing With Upset Clients. Chris Upchurch will be here to help you deal with those situations when your client does not see eye to eye.

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.

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From Your Message Boards
 Advertising CE events
 Puppy with aural hematomas
 Minute volume and O2 rate
 Favorite appreciation gift from NVTW
 Educational material for the exam room
 Chocolate toxicity
 The good, bad, and ugly of dog chews
 Transferring license from Oregon to California
 RShortened QRS under general anesthesia
 Percentage of appointments and surgeries
 Parenteral definition
 Proper disposal of client's sharps
 Parvo snap test
 VINx and your social media
 Re-entering the veterinary workforce
 Candy and gum toxicities
 VetScene versus VetStreet
 In search of a textbook

From The VIN News Service

 We disbanded but did not fail
     Message Board Discussion

Abstract of the Week
 An exploration of attitudes towards pedigree dogs and their disorders as expressed by a sample of companion animal veterinarians in New Zealand.
Of 207 respondents, 100 (48.3%) had advised clients against purchasing a pedigree dog due to common inherited disorders and 183 (85.6%) considered the health and welfare of some breeds to be too compromised to continue breeding. Of 199 respondents, 132 (66.3%) reported seeing no change in prevalence of inherited conditions, 103/204 (50.5%) reported seeing a positive change in attitudes towards inherited disorders among dog owners, and 81/207 (39.1%) thought legislative support would help decrease inherited disorders in pedigree dogs.

Website of the Week
 Castration Of Sheep And Goats

Featured VSPN Notebook® Item of the Week
 How Do I Get My OSHA Program Started?

Book Reviews of the Week
 Laboratory Animal Medicine: Principles and Procedures VSPN Book Review by Stephen Cital RVT, RLAT, SRA
 Equine Ophthalmology, Second Edition
 Atlas of Feline Anatomy for Veterinarians, Second Edition

Recent Handouts / Rounds Highlights
 Creative Interviewing Techniques for Results - Share Your Tips!
 Between a Rock and a Hard Place: "Baron" and The Complicated GDV
 Dealing With Your and Your Colleagues' Stress and Depression
 VSPN Behavior Rounds: Canine/Feline Senior Behavior

VSPN Library Highlights
 OSHA Update - Labeling and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
 OSHA Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Labeling & Safety Data Sheets (SDS) Update
 OSHA Rounds: Chemo Hazards; Hazardous Chemicals; Electrical Safety; Staff Training; Break Room Rules; Fire Evacuation Safety

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
 TECH170-1114: Anesthetic Complications: Arrhythmias

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VSPN This Week

Last week Debbie and Charlotte had the pleasure to host the VSPN Get Together at the Wild West Veterinary Conference. We had a wonderful group which included VSPN moderators, new VSPN members and Dr. Andy Roark. Dr. Roark creates hilarious videos including this one:"Top 10 Ways Veterinarians Infuriate Their Technicians."

National Veterinary Technician Week is coming to an end for this year and we hope that everyone had a wonderful week. Did your clinic do something special for the staff? VIN partner areas wanted to do something special for technicians this week too. See Veterinary Partner's newest handout "What Veterinary Technicians Do" and VetzInsight's blog post "A Love Letter to Veterinary Technicians." Thanks to both for these wonderful articles!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published "Questions and Answers about Ebola and Pets." If your clients have questions, you can direct them to the CDC handout.

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