LMU-CVM Students Get Certified in Animal CPR Virtually During Pandemic
Third-year veterinary medicine students at Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) will begin their surgery unit in November, and thanks to the RECOVER Initiative, they will all be certified in canine and feline CPR. As a response to shelter-at-home orders throughout the country, RECOVER waived the fees for veterinary medicine students to get certified in animal CPR virtually from their computers.
“I feel more prepared for our upcoming surgeries. While we all hope that nothing goes wrong, I feel better prepared for the worst-case scenario,” said Hayley Gammons, a third-year veterinary student at LMU-CVM.
The RECOVER Initiative is the first standardized CPR training to offer certification through the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC), with the goal of developing and disseminating the first true evidence-based veterinary CPR guidelines. This is the second year that LMU-CVM has incorporated the RECOVER program into its teaching.
“LMU-CVM is grateful for the RECOVER Initiative’s generous offer to waive the course fees for our current third-year students in response to the current pandemic,” said Dr. Christopher Kelly, medical director at the DeBusk Veterinary Teaching Center and associate professor of veterinary medicine at LMU-CVM. “The amount of information and detail that is included in the program’s 8.5 hours of online modules is very beneficial to our students and, ultimately, the patients they will see. We received positive feedback from our students on the content and it sparked active conversations in lab.”
The online training module covers Basic Life Support (BLS) consisting of five modules, including concepts in assessing a non-response patient, performing chest compressions and ventilation during CPR, team communication, and Advanced Life Support (ALS) consisting of three modules detailing concepts in patient monitoring, vascular access, drug administration, and defibrillation. The online training course was coupled with in-person, small groups laboratory sessions taught by LMU-CVM faculty with social distancing guidelines in place.
“Taking the RECOVER course was a great education experience that not only helped me in my clinical experience over the summer, but also has prepared me for our upcoming junior surgery in November,” said Anna Castleberry, a third-year veterinary medicine student at LMU-CVM. “The format of modules had videos, in-depth explanations, and case examples. The hands-on, live portion of the course really cemented the information of the modules in my head.”
“I'm so thankful that I got to experience the RECOVER CPR course for free. I learned different CPR techniques for cats and dogs. The course helped me learn what it takes to be a part of a CPR team, and I got to put what I learned from the course into practice during our CPR lab,” said Sierra Crawford, a third-year veterinary student at LMU-CVM. “It was a great experience!”
Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine is located on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.