The VECCS is collaborating with the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) to conduct a series of webinars covering  timely ER and ICU topics.  These educational webinars are FREE to VECCS members.

December 22, 2014; Andre Shih, DVM, DACVAA   (ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED ON NOVEMBER 22)
"How to Handle Hypotension During Anesthesia of the Critical Patient?"
Hypotension is a common occurrence during general anesthesia. It can be an indication of pharmacologically induced vasodilation (drop in systemic vascular resistance), decreased myocardial contractility, decreased stroke volume, sepsis, hemorrhage or hypovolemic shock. If hypotension is persistent it can lead to decrease in tissue perfusion, precipitate anaerobic metabolism, metabolic acidosis and ischemic organ damage (kidney, liver and brain injury). If not treated there may be long term adverse effect. In this webinar we will discuss the importance, causes, and pitfalls of measuring blood pressure, and therapeutic options to treat hypotension during anesthesia.

January 26, 2015, 8:00pm EST; Tamara Grubb, DVM, PhD, DACVAA
Acute Versus Chronic Feline Pain Management: Tips, Traps and Triumphs

Cats are masters of many things – including people, of course – but also masters at hiding pain. Since we aren’t sure if they are in pain or not and sometimes not sure of treatment options even if pain is suspected, pain in cats is often under treated – or even untreated. Let’s stand up for cats! We will discuss analgesic options and dispel treatment myths for cats suffering from both acute and chronic pain.

February 23, 2015, 8:00pm EST; Kenichiro Yagi, BS, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM)
Meeting Blood Bank Demands: Blood Donor Program

“We always have the blood we need” said no veterinary practice ever. But it certainly is our goal. Advancements in transfusion medicine and blood component therapy have provided valuable treatment options for a variety of conditions. Investing in the banking of blood components is now common for veterinary practices to enable quick response to patient needs, some with established donor programs. Sustaining an adequate donor pool is one of the most difficult challenges for a blood bank. Various settings create differing demands from a donor program. We will discuss suitable methods of obtaining an adequate donor pool to meet practice transfusion demands, efficient use of the blood available, and several ways in reducing the demand. Various sources of donors, donor requirements and informed consent, “volunteerism”, blood collection, incentives to donate, and ideas for programs to show gratitude for the gift of life will also be covered. The session is intended to provide participants with the knowledge and resources to make practical choices in the establishment of a donor program and meeting blood transfusion demands, and having a discussion on some common questions surrounding transfusion medicine.

 

PAST WEBINAR VIEWING INSTRUCTIONS:

Past VECCS/VIN Webinars are accessible through your VECCS Member home page at www.veccs.org.

  1. Login to VECCS Member's Only home page
  2. Click on "MEMBER HOME"
  3. Scroll down and click "VIEW VECCS/VIN WEBINARS"
  4. To view past webinars, click "LIBRARY"

LIVE WEBINAR VIEWING INSTRUCTIONS:

VECCS members who are currently VIN/VSPN members may use their VIN/VSPN username and password to access the webinar at http://www.vin.com/veccs

VECCS members who are not members of VIN/VSPN do not need to be members of VIN/VSPN to participate. If  you have not previously set up a username and password for a prior VECCS webinar or a VIN hosted content or proceeding please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by close of business on the Friday before the webinar. In that email please include your full name and contact information should we have questions or a need to technically support your attendance in the webinar.

If you have a username and password and are still unable to access at http://www.vin.com/veccs please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for support, including in that email what error message your receive.