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DIAG209-0812: Advanced Hematology

INSTRUCTOR(S): Kathleen P. Freeman, DVM, BS, MS, PhD, DipECVCP, MRCPath, MRCVS
Todd Archer, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Rebekah G. Gunn-Christie, DVM, DACVP
Sharon Gwaltney-Brant DVM, PhD
Linda Kidd, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
Stefanie Klenner, DVM, Dr.med.vet.,DipECVCP
Sally Lester, DVM, MVSc, DACVP (Clinical and Anatomic)
Karri Meleo, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), DACVR

COURSE OPEN: August 16-October 14, 2012
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Thursdays, August 23, 30; September 6, 13, 20, 27; October 4, 2012; 9:30 pm - 11:30pm ET (USA)
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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. Times and dates will be listed in your course confirmation email. Expect to spend up to 1 hour at one of the 2-4 practice sessions held prior to the first Real Time Session.

*The instructors 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 of greatest benefit to those who perform differentials and review hematology on their own. Participants should have a basic knowledge of hematology with hands-on experience in viewing microscope slides. A review of hematology principles prior to taking this course would be of benefit. We recommend Fundamentals of Veterinary Clinical Pathology; see the Recommended texts on this page. Also of benefit would be a review of the hematology slides posted in the Clinical Pathology Image Library on VIN.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians.

Course Description:
The primary purpose of the course is to increase familiarity with blood cells, and apply this knowledge to specific conditions in hematology including unusual hereditary conditions, toxicities, changes associated with chemotherapy and immune-mediated hemolytic anemia. A review of pathophysiology is included to enable correlation between function and disease. The information presented will also include the use of in-house machines including techniques to understand the quality assurance methods necessary to achieve confidence in the machines.

This course consists of seven (7) 2-hour 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.

*A portion of the lectures will be presented using audio. Please be prepared to listen.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required textbooks: There is no required textbook for this course.
Recommended textbooks:

About the Instructors:
Dr. Todd Archer received his DVM from Mississippi State University in 2006 and completed a small animal internal medicine residency at Mississippi State in 2010. Dr. Archer is a small animal internal medicine diplomate of the ACVIM. Dr. Archer is currently at Mississippi State University.

Dr. Kathleen P. Freeman received her DVM from Oklahoma State University in 1981, her MS from Oklahoma State University in 1984 and her PhD from Oklahoma State University in 1987. Dr. Freeman is a diplomate of the ECVCP in clinical pathology. Dr. Freeman is currently employed by IDEXX laboratories in the UK and is a VIN consultant.

Dr. Rebekah G. Gunn-Christie received her DVM from North Carolina State University in 2004 and completed a Clinical Pathology residency at the University of Florida in 2007. Dr. Gunn-Christie is a diplomate of the ACVP in clinical pathology. Dr. Gunn-Christie is currently employed by Antech Diagnostics, is assistant adjunct professor at NCSU and is a VIN consultant.

Dr. Sharon Gwaltney-Brant received her DVM from North Carolina State University in 1985, her PhD from Kansas State University in 1993 and completed a residency in anatomic pathology at Kansas State University. Dr. Gwaltney-Brant is a pharmacology/toxicology diplomate of the ABT and the ABVT. Dr. Gwaltney-Brant is currently at the University of Illinois and is a VIN consultant.

Dr. Linda Kidd received her DVM from the University of Wisconsin in 1991 and completed residency training in small animal internal medicine from the University of Wisconsin in 2000. She received a PhD in Immunology from North Carolina State University in 2006 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in thrombosis and hemostasis at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA in 2007. Dr Kidd is a small animal internal medicine diplomate of the ACVIM and is currently an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Stefanie Klenner received her DMV from the Veterinary College of Hannover in 2006 and completed a residency at the University of Giessen in 2010. She is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology and has been an instructor in the Laboratory Quality Management courses since 2009.

Dr. Sally Lester received her DVM from Washington State University in 1967 and her MVSc from the University of Saskatchewan Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Lester is the laboratory director for Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital and Seattle Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Lester is a diplomate of the ACVP in both clinical and anatomic pathology and is a VIN consultant.

Dr. Karri Meleo received her DVM from the University of California-Davis in 1988. Dr. Meleo is an oncology diplomate of the ACVIM and is also a diplomate of the ACVR. Dr. Meleo is in private practice at Animal Cancer Specialists and is a VIN consultant.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session August 23): Overview of the Basic Concepts of Hematology
Instructor(s): Sally Lester, DVM, MVSc, DACVP (Clinical and Anatomic)
Content: This week will cover production of cells, hormonal and nutritional influence on cell production, cytokines and the bone marrow, and iron metabolism and its relationship to hematopoiesis.

Week 2 (Real Time Session August 30): Automated Hematology
Instructor(s): Kathleen P. Freeman, DVM, BS, MS, PhD, DipECVCP, MRCPath, MRCVS
Stefanie Klenner, DVM, Dr.med.vet.,DipECVCP

Content: This week will cover interferences and artifacts, including the effects of lipemia, effects of hemolysis, other possible problems related to specimen condition or species, EDTA effects over time, other common errors, QC with establishment of standard protocols, rule of 3 as part of evaluation, how to - Instrument Evaluation when purchase and annually thereafter and 'Newer' measurands on some instruments and their significance.

Week 3 (Real Time Session September 6): Blood Film Evaluation
Instructor(s): Sally Lester, DVM, MVSc, DACVP (Clinical and Anatomic)
Rebekah G. Gunn-Christie, DVM, DACVP

Content: This week will cover morphologic evaluation with clues to underlying disease, including erythrocytes, WBC, and platelets.

Week 4 (Real Time Session September 13): Inherited Disease Directly Effecting Hematology
Instructor(s): Kathleen P. Freeman, DVM, BS, MS, PhD, DipECVCP, MRCPath, MRCVS
Stefanie Klenner, DVM, Dr.med.vet.,DipECVCP

Content: This week will cover PFK, PK, CLAD, cobalamin absorption disease, King Charles Cavalier Spaniel platelets, Akita/Shiba erythromicrocytosis/high K RBCs, Poodle macrocytosis, other breed-related problems, platelet function defects and breeds, and other/miscellaneous diseases.

Week 5 (Real Time Session September 20): Hematologic Manifestations of Toxicities and Pathophysiology and diagnosis of IMHA
Instructor(s): Sharon Gwaltney-Brant DVM, PhD
Todd Archer, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

Content: This week will cover Hematologic manifestations of toxicities and pathophysiology and diagnosis of IMHA.

Week 6 (Real Time Session September 27): Immunosupressive therapy for the treatment of IMHA and Mechanisms of Thrombosis in IMHA: Pathology and treatment implications
Instructor(s): Linda Kidd, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
Todd Archer, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

Content: This week will cover immunosuppressive therapy for the treatment of IMHA, and review the prothrombotic mechanisms of IMHA and thromboprophylaxis in these patients.

Week 7 (Real Time Session October 4): Oncologic Hematology
Instructor(s): Karri Meleo, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), DACVR
Content: This week will cover CBC in an untreated cancer patient, + CBC as the patient goes through chemotherapy, + CBC in patients with total, or half-body, radiation in transplant or various other protocols, causality of leukemias, + new diagnostics related to telling how leukemias are different, and therapy.

CE CREDITS: 14

Tuition: Member $280 ($252 early bird special if enrolled by August 2, 2012).
Non-Member $408 ($367 early bird special if enrolled by August 2, 2012).

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a weekend, course enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

*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. 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.
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*Note: "This course is submitted for approval for 14 continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education." Call VSPN/VIN CE at 1-800-700-4636 for further information. (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board).

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/VSPN office 1-800-700-INFO (4636) to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
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Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator

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