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MULT204-1105: The Veterinarian's Role in Handling Animal Abuse Cases

INSTRUCTORS:
Lila Miller, DVM; ASPCA
Robert Reisman, DVM; ASPCA
Melinda Mercke, DVM; ASPCA
Randy Lockwood, Ph.D; ASPCA

DATES:
November 1 - December 13, 2005
Interactive sessions: Tuesdays; Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 9:30-11:30 PM ET (US)

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

The veterinary profession is being increasingly challenged to recognize, report and document animal abuse and cruelty as it is encountered in their practices, and to assist law enforcement in the prosecution of these cases. This course on animal cruelty will provide an overview of the legal and ethical considerations for veterinarians, discuss the link between animal abuse and human violence, and provide guidelines for recognizing abuse, examining the live victim, performing forensic necropsies and testifying in court.

Course Outline:

Week 1 (11/1): Definitions, issues and concerns regarding animal abuse- Dr. Lila Miller

Week 2 (11/8):The link between animal abuse and human violence, testifying in court- Dr. Randall Lockwood

Week 3 (11/15): Recognizing and documenting animal abuse cases- Dr. Robert Reisman

Week 4 (11/22): Veterinary forensics, part 1- Dr.Melinda Merck

Week 5 (11/29): Veterinary forensics, part 2- Dr. Melinda Merck

Required Text:
Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff - Miller,Zawistowski, 2004
To order the recommended text from VIN Bookstore - http://store.vin.com/custom/edit.asp?p=89732

Recommended:
Recognizing and Reporting Animal Abuse: A Veterinarian's Guide by the American Humane Associaition
http://www.americanhumane.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pb_animals_the_link

MESSAGE BOARD DISCUSSIONS:
Discussions will begin on the start date of the course and will continue for 7 days following the last real time session.

CE HOURS: 10 CE Credits

TUITION:
Member/$153, Non-Member/$231 by October 18,2005;
Member/$170, Non-Member/$256 after October 18,2005

For More Information on VIN's Upcoming CE Courses, check out http://www.VIN.com/CE/Catalog.htm

Note: "This course has been submitted (but not yet approved) for 10 hours of continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's 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 VIN for further information."

(Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by the board.)


COURSE WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY: Withdrawal prior to the listed start date of a course entitles the registrant to a complete refund or a credit toward a future VIN CE course, whichever is preferred. Withdrawal within 1 week after the listed start date (i.e. including no more than one real-time session) entitles the registrant to a credit toward any future VIN CE course. (Does not apply to courses with only one real-time session.) After the first real-time session, a registrant may withdraw due to special circumstances and receive prorated credit towards a future VIN course. These requests will be handled on an individual basis. The amount of the prorated credit will be determined based on 65% of the time remaining in the course at the time of withdrawal. It is not possible to withdraw retroactively.

Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 1-800-700-INFO.


Debbie Friedler
Coordinator
Continual Education Division
Veterinary Information Network
CEonVIN@vin.com

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