VSPN TECH310-0222: Don’t Sweat It, Just Calculate It: Building Confidence with Veterinary Calculations

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

Presenter: Justin Chandlr AAS, CVT, LVT, VTS (ECC)
Course Open: February 1-March 4, 2022
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, February 8, 15, and 22, 2022; 8:00-9:30pm ET    World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 4.5
RACE Category: 4.5 hours Medical

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Course Information:
The ability to perform veterinary calculations is an essential task for veterinary technicians and nurses. For many, a lack of confidence and understanding of how to solve such problems can lead to frustration and self-doubt. While there are certain calculators available on the internet to help solve some veterinary problems, they do not teach you how to solve any other problem, thus reinforcing the lack of understanding. This course will not cover shortcuts or formulas that you simply post on the wall and don’t have to think about; as these will not help you to understand how to solve these types of problems. This course will cover the principles behind dimensional analysis and how we can utilize it to simplify and solve veterinary calculations. We will review dosage calculations, concentrations, dilutions, fluid rates, and constant rate infusions. Detailed step by step calculations will be presented in the library of the course, as well as calculations for you to work on thru the message boards. The goal of this class is to help build your confidence through knowledge and practice of various types of veterinary calculations. I want you to be confident in your problem-solving skills and your ability to calculate CRI’s and other veterinary calculations.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
  • Understand dimensional analysis and how we can use it to simplify and solve veterinary calculations
  • Set up and calculate basic dosage calculations
  • Convert a percent solution into a useable drug concentration
  • Set up and determine how to solve dilutions we may run into during daily clinical practice
  • Calculate fluid rates
  • Calculate drip rates using a fluid administration set
  • Calculate drip rates using a blood administration set
  • Identify the required information to set up and calculate a constant rate infusion
  • Calculate various types of constant rate infusions
  • Calculate multiple CRIs for the same patient taking each into account
  • Build confidence in your abilities to calculate CRI’s
Level and Prerequisites: This basic VSPN CE course will be open to veterinary technicians/technologists and support staff, actively interested in improving their skills with medical math.

RACE Accreditation: This program has been approved for 4.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. 20-893278

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session February 8): Concentrations, Dilutions, and Percent Solutions, Oh My!
This session will review veterinary calculations including dosage calculations, percent solution and usable drug concentrations, and calculating dilutions.

Week 2 (Real Time Session February 15): What the heck is a CRI and why do you want me to calculate it??
Week 2 will include discussions of calculations for drip rates (fluids and blood administration), information required to calculate constant rate infusion.

Week 3 (Real Time Session February 22): Yes, I Can Calculate that CRI for You Doc!
This week continues discussions about constant rate infusions, calculating multiple CRIs for the same patient, and building confidence in your ability to calculate CRI's.

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: $99 ($89 early bird special if enrolled by January 18, 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 February 8, 2021 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