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VIN CE Course DIAG207-1017: Quality Management for the Veterinary Clinical Pathology Laboratory, Part II
The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format.

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Presenters: Kathleen P. Freeman, DVM, BS, MS, PhD, DipECVCP, MRCPath, MRCVS, Certificate in Laboratory Quality Management (University of Wisconsin), Senior Veterinary Clinical Pathologist at IDEXX Labs, Ltd, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, UK
Stefanie Klenner, DVM, Dr.med.vet., Diplomate ECVCP, scil animal care company, Viernheim, Germany
A. Russell Moore, DVM, MS, DACVP, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80524, USA
Emma Hooijberg, BVSc GPCert(SAP) DipECVCP, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pathology, Department of Companion Animal Clinical Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Course Open: October 15, 2017-January 31, 2018
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Sundays, October 22, November 5, 19, December 3, and 17, 2017; January 7, 21, and 28, 2018; 3:00-4:30 pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter

Practice Sessions: In order to prepare you for a successful experience in your CE course, we request you attend a Practice Session prior to the first Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session is up to 1 hour in length. For more information, please visit the CE Practice Area.

*The presenters for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen. If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend one of the Practice Sessions.

Level and Prerequisites: This advanced course will be open to will be open to participants training for or with experience working in a clinical pathology laboratory. This course is not open to veterinary students.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists.

Course Information:
The Quality Management for the Veterinary Clinical Pathology Laboratory course is designed to provide an introduction to and practical application of quality management in the veterinary clinical pathology laboratory.

In Part I, participants will be introduced to theories of management and concepts vital to quality planning. Examples of ISO-based and GLP standards are included. Laboratory design, Westgard Rules, QC Validation and Sigma Metrics are covered.

In Part II, participants will learn about audits in the veterinary clinical pathology laboratory and determination of reference intervals, as well as Improvement Opportunities, external Quality Assurance performance and a Quality Plan for the laboratory. There is an introduction to Method Validation and Instrument Performance Verification.

There will be Real Time Sessions approximately every 2 weeks. The majority of the work will be done by e-mail of drafts and revisions to the instructors, with the final products of some sections shared with the rest of the participants by posting on the course message boards. The review and participant questions will also be shared on the course message boards. In order to demonstrate satisfactory participation in this course, participants are expected to attend all of the Real Time Sessions, hand in completed homework assignments and to work with the instructor(s) in revising assigned items until both the instructors and participant are satisfied with the results, as well as pass the examination with a score of at least 80%.

There is some flexibility in the length of time of the course to accommodate holidays for the Instructors and participants. These should be arranged in advance between the instructor and the participants assigned to him/her.

This course consists of eight (8) 90 minute Real Time Sessions, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory end-of-course test. Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course.

Week 1 (Real Time Session 1 on October 22, 2017): Audits in the Veterinary Laboratory
Presenter: Dr. Kathleen Freeman
Format: Audio
Assignments: Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
Week 2 (No Real Time Session): Audits in the Veterinary Laboratory (cont.)
Assignments:
Week 3 (Real Time Session 2 on November 5 2017): Audit/Health and Safety Risk Assessment
Presenter: Dr. Stefanie Klenner
Format: Audio
Assignments: Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
Week 4 (No Real Time Session): Reference Intervals
Assignments:
Week 5 (Real Time Session 3 on November 19, 2017): Improvement Opportunities
Presenter: Dr. Kathleen Freeman
Format: Audio
Assignments: Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
Week 6 (No Real Time Session): External QA Performance Evaluation
Assignments:
Week 7 (Real Time Session 4 on December 3, 2017): Method Validation/Instrument Verification
Presenter: Dr. Stefanie Klenner
Format: Audio
Assignments: Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
Week 8 (No Real Time Session): Method Validation/Instrument Verification (cont.)
Assignment:
Week 9 (Real Time Session 5 on December 17, 2017): Method Validation/Instrument Verification (cont.)
Presenter: Dr. Ernst Leidinger
Format: Audio
Assignments: Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
Week 10 (No Real Time Session): Method Validation/Instrument Verification (cont.)
Assignments:
Week 11 (Real Time Session 6 on January 7, 2018): Method Validation /Instrument Verification (cont.)
Presenter: Dr. Kathleen Freeman
Format: Audio
Assignment: Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
Week 12 (No Real Time Session): Quality Plan
Assignments:
Week 13 (Real Time Session 7 on January 21, 2018): Revision, Review, Sharing
Presenter: Dr. Ernst Leidinger
Format: Audio
Assignment: Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
Week 14 (Real Time Session 8 on January 28, 2018): Examination
Presenter: Dr. Ernst Leidinger
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
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.

About the Presenters:
Kathleen Freeman is a 1981 graduate of Oklahoma State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and received her MS and PhDs from OSU in 1984 and 1987, respectively. She was on faculty at OSU and then at Cornell University before taking a detour and teaching all sorts of Science courses and in the Educational Opportunity Program at Ithaca College for several years. During these years she was also doing cytology and laboratory consultations for commercial laboratories. She then moved into commercial laboratory medicine and worked as Director or Senior Clinical Pathologist at several laboratories. She moved to the UK in 1997 to develop a diagnostic laboratory service for the Animal Health Trust and was Head of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology there. She subsequently moved to Scotland and works from home for IDEXX Laboratories, Ltd, based in Wetherby, West Yorkshire. She is past founding Chair of the ASVCP Quality Assurance and Laboratory Standards Committee and the founding Chair of the ECVCP Laboratory Standards Committee. She is currently a member of both committees. She has special interests in QA, QC, customer service, cytology and general clinical pathology. She obtained a Certificate in Laboratory Quality Management via e-learning from the University of Wisconsin and had the opportunity to work with James Westgard which she says was a great experience!

Stefanie Klenner graduated in 2004 from the University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, Germany. Between 2004 and 2006 she wrote her thesis about canine intestinal permeability tests at the same University, successfully receiving her Dr. med. vet. After a rotational internship at the Small Animal Clinic at the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, Germany, Dr. Klenner started a residency in veterinary clinical pathology at the Central Laboratory of Justus-Liebig University. Currently, she is working as scientific product manager laboratory diagnostic for scil animal care company. She is an experienced speaker in various themes of veterinary clinical pathology and lectures often at national as well as international conferences. She is the current Chair of the Lab Standards Committee of the ECVCP. Since 2009 Dr. Klenner is one of the instructors of the VIN Quality Management Course and provides her skills and knowledge also to other courses of VIN. She is especially interested in general clinical pathology, quality control as well as learning strategies.

Ernst Leidinger graduated from the vet-school in Vienna, Austria in 1986 and worked as assistant professor at the department for medical chemistry for about 10 years. Since 1995 he is director of a private veterinary diagnostic lab in Vienna were he established the lab's QM system resulting in an ISO 9001 accreditation about ten years ago. Being one of Dr. Freeman's Students in the VIN QM course, he has been course instructor for several years now. He is a Councilor for the Executive Board of the ECVCP. His special interest in the lab are clinical chemistry, LIMS (computer bases lab management systems) and all aspects of quality control. If there's some time left he enjoys SCUBA diving.

Total CE Credit: 15

Tuition: $700
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on October 22, 2017 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.

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  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. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
  4. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email CEonVIN@vin.com. Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
"This program (RACE program number to be determined) has been submitted for approval by AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 15 CE Credits, with a maximum of 15 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian or veterinary technician/technologist. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Non-Scientific-Practice Management/Professional Development using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance: (Web-based, Teleconference or Audio-Conference). This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements."

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

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