VSPN TECH254-0622: Triage

The real time sessions for this course will be presented via Zoom webinar platform.

Presenter: Justin Chandlr AAS, CVT, LVT, VTS (ECC)
Course Open: June 2 -July 3, 2022
Real Time Sessions (RTS):Thursdays, June 9, 16, and 23, 2022; 8:30-10:00pm ET (USA)   World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 4.5
RACE Category: 4.5 hours Medical

Enrollment is closed.

Course Information:
Do you have trouble determining which pets should come to the hospital when owners call with concerns? Are you nervous about evaluating emergency patients that walk into your clinic or hospital? Do emergencies get your adrenal glands pumping or make you want to go and hide in the bathroom? This course is for you! Join us for this basic course geared to all staff members at the veterinary hospital. We’ll learn about the evolution of triage, different systems of triage, and tools to use to triage patients in the hospital. The course will also give you tips on getting the best information over the phone, so every pet receives the care it needs. Triage – done correctly – means the difference between life and death for some patients. Be sure you have the knowledge to help make your triage efforts successful.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
  • Describe different levels of triage
  • Discuss different triage systems
  • Examine various categorizations helpful for veterinary triage
  • Ask open-ended questions on the phone to determine if an animal needs to be seen urgently
  • Give examples of appropriate triage and defend triage decisions
  • Recall the steps to completing a triage (or primary) survey
  • Recognize signs of life-threatening conditions when an animal presents to the clinic
  • Discuss the steps to be taken after an animal is appropriately triaged
Level and Prerequisites: This advanced VSPN CE course will be open for enrollment to veterinary technicians/technologists.

RACE Accreditation: This program has been approved for 4.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.(20-911351)

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session June 9): History of Triage and Triage Levels
This session will focus on the different levels of triage and how they are categorized.

Week 2 (Real Time Session June 16): Telephone Triage: Does My Dog Need to Be Seen Tonight?
This session will discuss how to ask open-ended questions to determine appropriate triage decisions

Week 3 (Real Time Session June 23): Triage at the Clinic: A CRASH PLAN
This session will go over the steps to completing a triage and what follows along with the animal after it is appropriately triaged.

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.

Enrollment is closed.

Tuition: 99($89 early bird special if enrolled by May 19, 2022)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

* Students currently enrolled in an AVMA accredited or CVMA approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status).

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on Thursday June 9, 2022 at 5 pm 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.

To Enroll:
  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext.792 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. 792 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

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

VSPN CE Services:
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 792
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01 45 222 6154
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from Australia: 02 6145 2357