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VIN MULT315-0722: Medical Aspects of Community Cat and Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Release Programs

The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a webinar platform.

Presenter: Erin Katribe, DVM, MS
Course Open: July 14-August 1, 2022
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Thursday, July 21, 2022; 8:00-9:30 pm ET (USA) World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 1.5
RACE Category: 1.5 hours Medical


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Tuition: Member $35 ($32 early bird special if enrolled by June 30, 2022)
Non-Member $95 ($89 early bird special if enrolled by June 30, 2022)
Prices are listed in US dollars.


Course Information:
In shelters across the country, dramatic increases in feline lifesaving have been accomplished through the implementation of community cat programs. Community cat programming consists of a combination of proactive, targeted trap-neuter-vaccinate-release (TNVR) and shelter-neuter-return (SNR) programming as a live outcome pathway for cats that enter the shelter system.

In this course, learn techniques to safely handle community cats in the high-quality, high-volume, spay/neuter clinic or private practice setting, preventive care protocols for TNVR/SNR cats, how to design a multi-modal anesthetic protocol appropriate for TNVR/SNR cats, surgical techniques for efficient sterilization, techniques for prevention and management of surgical complications, and management of common conditions found in free-roaming cats that enter the shelter or present for sterilization surgery (ectoparasites, traumatic injuries, upper respiratory tract disease).


Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
  • describe programs that shelters may implement to increase live outcomes for cats.
  • describe the components of a comprehensive community cat program.
  • discuss the impact of targeted TNR programming on feline populations.
  • describe preventive care protocols for community cats.
  • describe principles of managing feral/unsocialized cats in an HQHVSN setting.
  • discuss options for anesthetic protocols in TNR/SNR cats for sterilization.
  • discuss techniques for efficient sterilization surgery.
  • discuss techniques for prevention of surgical complications in high-risk cases and management of these complications when they occur.
  • describe techniques to safely handle unsocialized cats.
  • in the HQHVSN setting.
  • discuss strategies to prevent transmission of infectious disease in the HQHVSN setting.
  • describe options for treatment/management of these infectious diseases in TNR/SNR cats and compare/contrast with management of privately-owned pet cats:
    • Feline upper respiratory tract disease
    • Notoedres cati
    • Otodectes
    • Injuries associated with trauma (fractures, wounds, spinal trauma)


Level and Prerequisites: This basic VIN CE course is open for enrollment to veterinarians, and veterinary technicians/technologists actively interested in Community Cat and Trap-Nueter-Vaccinate-Release programs.
Accreditation: This course is approved for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit by RACE for veterinarians, and veterinary technicians/technologists. (RACE 20-910054)


Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session July 21, 2022): Background, Programs and Best Practices for Feline Lifesaving in Shelter and Local Communities
This session will cover the lifesaving progress over the last several years nationally in shelters. The programs and best practices used such as Target Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Release, and Shelter-Neuter-Return. The preventative care guidelines like recommended vaccinations and diagnostic screenings as well as the equipment and techniques utilized to run an efficient and successful high quality, high volume spay/neuter surgery program. Along with treatment and management of specific conditions, URI, Notoedres cati, Otodectes and traumatic wound and fractures in unsocialized cats in shelter settings.


Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.


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Tuition: Member $35 ($32 early bird special if enrolled by June 30, 2022)
Non-Member $95 ($89 early bird special if enrolled by June 30, 2022)
Prices are listed in US dollars.


*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on July 14, 2022 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.


Enrollment qualifications:
  1. VIN CE Courses:
    1. VIN CE courses are open to VIN member, VIN student member, and non-member veterinarians.
    2. Veterinary support staff must be VSPN members in order to enroll in a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. VSPN CE Courses:
    1. VSPN CE courses are open to veterinary support staff and veterinarians.
    2. Only VIN and VSPN members can enroll in a VSPN CE course.
    3. Veterinarians will only receive credit for those VSPN CE courses that specify in the Accreditation statement that the course is accredited for veterinarians.
  3. Please check the course Level and Prerequisites, Accreditation, and Tuition before enrolling.
  4. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org and @vin.com addresses.
    1. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  5. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.


Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Director

VIN CE Services:
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