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PHAR301-1012: Antimicrobials Module 1
Shelley Rankin, BSc, PhD
October 18-November 18, 2012
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS):
Thursdays, October 25, November 1 and 8; 8:00-10:00 pm ET (US)
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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.
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Level and Prerequisites:
course will be open to veterinarians
actively interested in bacterial disease diagnosis and antimicrobial therapy.
This course is a recommended precursor to the PHAR302-1112: Antimicrobials Module 2
and PHAR303-0113: Antimicrobial Module3 courses.
VIN CE Course:
Open to veterinarians.
This course has been RACE approved for veterinarians.
The first of the three Antimicrobial modules, this course provides an overview
of the basics of Veterinary Microbiology. This will include microorganism classification,
identification and strain characterization. Appropriate techniques for specimen selection,
collection and transport to the lab will be covered. Conventional and molecular diagnostics
will be discussed especially in terms of how the results relate to decisions about
appropriate and rational antimicrobial therapy. The mechanism of action and mechanisms
of drug resistance will be discussed for some of the most commonly used antimicrobials
in veterinary medicine. This will include details on inherent and acquired drug resistance,
susceptibility testing methods and interpretation of lab reports.
This course consists of three (3) 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.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
- Understand the fundamental concepts of microbiology such as microorganism
classification, bacterial differentiation and strain characterization.
- Understand the advantages and limitations of routine bacterial culture
and molecular diagnostic techniques.
- Understand the mode of action of common antimicrobial drugs.
- Understand the drug resistance mechanisms employed by bacteria.
- Define inherent and acquired drug resistance.
Course materials will be available
in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
There is no required textbook for this course.
About the Instructors:
- Giguere, S., Prescott, J. F., Baggott J. D., Walker R. D., Dowling P. M. (2007).
Antimicrobial Therapy in Veterinary Medicine, Fourth Edition. Wiley-Blackwell.
In the VIN Bookstore: https://store.vin.com/custom/edit.asp?p=82070
Be sure to login for your VIN discount.
- Songer, J. G., Post, K. W. (2004).
Veterinary Microbiology: Bacterial and Fungal Agents of Animal Disease, First Edition. Saunders.
In the VIN Bookstore: https://store.vin.com/custom/edit.asp?p=99187
Be sure to login for your VIN discount.
received her PhD in Molecular Epidemiology from the University of Glasgow,
Faculty of Medicine, in 1996. She is currently employed as an Associate Professor Clinician Educator
of Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, where she is also
Chief of the Clinical Microbiology Services and Director of the Salmonella Reference Center.
(Real Time Session October 25, 2012):
Overview of Microbiology
Week 1 will cover the biology of microorganisms. It will include the fundamentals of
microbiology such as microorganism classification, bacterial identification
and strain characterization.
(Real Time Session November 1, 2012):
General Principles of Bacterial Disease Diagnosis
Week 2 will cover specimen selection, transport and conventional culture methods.
The laboratory diagnosis of common microbial diseases will be discussed.
There will also be an overview of molecular diagnostic techniques commonly used in
the clinical microbiology lab and how the results from these tests may be used to
determine therapeutic options.
(Real Time Session November 8, 2012):
Antimicrobial Agents, Mechanisms of Resistance, and Susceptability Testing
Week 3 will cover the mechanism of action of commonly used antimicrobial drugs
and describe antimicrobial resistance mechanisms. Inherent and acquired resistance
mechanism will be discussed in the context of those bacteria most frequently isolated
from infectious diseases of animals. Common methods to determine bacterial
susceptibility and resistance will be discussed as will interpretation
of susceptibility reports.
CE CREDITS: 6
Tuition: Member $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by October 4, 2012)
Non-Member $201 ($181 early bird special if enrolled by October 4, 2012)
Individuals enrolling in PHAR301-1012: Antimicrobials Module 1 will receive a discounted rate for the
PHAR302-1112: Antimicrobials Module 2 and PHAR303-0113: Antimicrobials Module 3 courses.
*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.
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