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.
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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
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
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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