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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 approved 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

Friday, March 27, 2015; 9:00 pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Rounds Room
  VSPN Rounds: Lilies vs. Non-Lilies: Are They All Toxic? Easter is just around the corner! Owners may not realize some lilies ingested by their pets may be toxic. Be sure to join Jennifer McGregor for this timely and important discussion!

Sunday, March 29, 2015; 9:00 pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Rounds Room
  VSPN Rounds: Town Hall Meeting with VSPN Director, Charlotte Waack. We want to know what is on your mind and how we can improve our community.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015; 8:300 pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Rounds Room
  How to Navigate VSPN: New to VSPN? Jennifer Klotch will show you how to post on the message boards, enroll in a CE course, or just answer general questions about VSPN.

Friday, April 3, 2015; 9:00 pm ET (USA) in the VSPN Rounds Room
  VSPN Rounds: Behavior Topics. Sherrie Yuschak will be here to discuss animal behavior. Be sure to join her and find out exactly what the discussion will be!

Sunday, April 5, 2015; 8:00 pm Mountain Time (USA) in the VSPN Meeting Room
  WyVTA Membership Meeting: All members of the WyVTA are invited to attend this meeting and support your state association.

* To attend: Click on the Rounds room link to join the live online session at the date/time listed.
* Is your computer ready for attending sessions in Unity? Take the Unity Readiness Test
* 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)

From Your Message Boards
 VSPN get together at CVC East
 Blood smear find - coccidioidomycosis
 Drug interaction of phenobarbital and Deramaxx
 Does sighing really prevent pulmonary atelectasis?
 Methicillin resistant staphylococcus intermedius protocol
 Marquis paste concerns for pregnant cat
 Client reward program
 Toxicology tidbit - garlic ingestion
 Technician burnout
 Cat with chewing behavior
 Pseudo hermaphrodite
 Hospice program and home euthanasia
 Pre-medicating issues
 Name these cells from a urine catch
 Average time spent in the veterinary field
 Possible gingival hyperplasia
 IV flush
 Nursing rounds flow sheet
 Documenting missing tramadol
 Ventilator choice
 Euthanizing pregnant animals
 Visine ingestion
 References for cells stained with new methylene blue
 iPad time clock app

From The VIN News Service
 Fur loss in dogs linked to owners' hormone use

Abstract of the Week
 Impact of fixation method on postoperative complication rates following surgical stabilization of diaphyseal tibial fractures in cats.
This study demonstrates a significant difference in complication rates between the methods of stabilization, with external skeletal fixation resulting in a significantly higher complication rate compared to open reduction and internal fixation.

Website of the Week
 Animals In Disasters

Book Reviews of the Week
 Clinical Small Animal Care- Promoting Patient Health Through Preventative Nursing
 Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Procedures

Recent Handouts / Rounds Highlights
 Working in Zoo Medicine
 Home Diabetic Testing
 Open Discussion on Compassion Fatigue
 Superstitions in Veterinary Medicine
 Feline Acromegaly
 Student Rounds: Breaking Into Emergency Medicine

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VSPN This Week

We have been taking a sneak preview of our Rounds survey and the results show many of our members do not know we have a Facebook page. We have almost 3,600 likes on our page and would love to try to get that number up to 4,000! We try to post a couple of times a day on the page and include fun items, reminders for Rounds, advertisements for our CE courses, reminders when discounts and enrollment ends for the courses, and early previews of Rounds transcripts. We also like to share items that the VIN family posts to their pages, such as pertinent VIN News Service items and VETzInsight blog posts. Click here to "like" VSPN on Facebook.

NAVTA has launched their updated website! The new logos look great and the whole site has a very crisp look. There are some areas still under construction but the best news is the application to join or renew membership is working. Kudos to Julie Legred, NAVTA executive director for putting all of this in motion and a special high-five to Heather Prendergast, NAVTA webmaster for a great design!

Please join VSPN Director, Charlotte Waack on Sunday, March 29 at 9:00 pm ET for a VSPN Town Hall meeting. We hope to hold these every few months to hear from our members on what they would like to see in the VSPN community, how we can help our members and preview any changes that are going on in VSPN. This is YOUR community and we would love to see what our members need!


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