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TECH216-0912: Canine and Feline Diabetes

INSTRUCTOR(S): Tom Hansen, DVM

COURSE OPEN: September 10-27, 2012

REAL TIME SESSION (RTS): Monday, September 17, 2012; 10:00pm-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 instructor 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 a Practice Session.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic course is designed to provide an overview of the pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus, clinical signs, and home care.
VSPN CE Course. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians only.

Course Description:
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a relatively common problem in small animal practice. The prospect of long term diabetic care can be very intimidating to owners, as a higher level of management and monitoring is required compared to other conditions. An educated and well-trained staff can help calm these concerns and promote optimal long term care. This course will cover the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of this condition with an emphasis on client education and communication.

This course will consist of one (1) two (2) hour Real Time Session, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, a mandatory end-of-course test, and may include online multiple choice quizzes (after each Real Time Session). Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to be considered for a course certificate of completion.
** The lecture portion of this course will be an audio presentation. 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 (RTS) and are highly recommended reading PRIOR TO the RTS to enhance the single interactive session format.

Required Texbook(s):
There are no required textbooks for this course.

About the Instructor: Thomas (Tom) Hansen is a graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and works in both a general practice and an emergency practice in the San Francisco East Bay area. He is currently working towards becoming boarded in canine and feline practice (ABVP).

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session September 17): Canine and Feline Diabetes
Recommended reading (prior to the September 17 Real Time Session): recommended, though not required, that participants read the background materials for this condition in the course library.
Content: The session will begin with discussion of the function of the normal pancreas, how diabetes develops, and its clinical consequences. We will cover the basic features and nursing care of diagnosis and treatment of diabetes mellitus as it pertains to the veterinary staff and assisting the veterinarian with a DM patient. The emphasis of the discussion will be on client education and long term management of these patients.

CE HOURS: 1.5

Tuition: $30 ($27 early bird if registered by August 27, 2012).
*Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CAAHT approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status).
** 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 will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

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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 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email (VIN CE) CEonVIN@vin.com or (VSPN CE) VSPNCE@vspn.org). Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
Note: "This course has been submitted for approval for 1.5 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 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.
**Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).
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