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Presenter: Meredith Stepita DVM, DACVB (Veterinary Behaviorist)
BHVR105-0517: Senior Pet Behavior
The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format.
May 28-June 14, 2017
Real Time Sessions (RTS):
Sunday, June 4, 2017; 4:00-6:00 pm ET (USA)
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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
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*The presenter 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:
course is aimed at small animal practitioners
with an interest in behavior and geriatrics.
VIN CE Course:
Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists.
This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. (RACE 22-28644)
As medical advances prolong our patient's lives and pet owners are willing
to go the extra mile to keep their aging pets comfortable clinicians are
seeing more older pets with challenging medical and behavior problems.
Sometimes it can be difficult to determine if clinical signs are medical,
behavioral or a combination. During this lecture we will discuss behavioral
clinical signs geriatric pets typically present for, tips for determining if the
cause is medical or behavioral, and treatments options (behavior modification
and medications) tailored to older pets. Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome will be
discussed in detail including clinical signs, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment.
The goal of this lecture is to help clinicians provide comprehensive care for
senior patients through an in-depth understanding of the diagnosis and treatment
of common geriatric behavioral problems.
(Real Time Session June 4, 2017):
Senior Pet Behavior
Meredith Stepita DVM, DACVB (Veterinary Behaviorist)
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.
- devise a list of differentials and treatment plan for
common geriatric behavior problems.
- understand the clinical signs, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment
of Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome for early intervention.
To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to
Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate
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 Presenter:
Dr. Meredith Stepita
received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the
University of Tennessee in 2006. She then completed an internship in small animal medicine
and surgery at Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialty and Emergency in Tucson.
After working in general practice in the Phoenix area for a year, she entered into the
Clinical Veterinary Behavior Residency Program at the University of California-Davis,
becoming board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2011.
She is the owner of Veterinary Behavior Specialists and spends most of her time in the
San Francisco Bay Area seeing behavior cases and helping pet owners improve their pet's
behavior problems. Her research involves the frequency of parvovirus in puppies attending
puppy socialization classes, finding that vaccinated puppies attending these classes were
no more likely to be diagnosed with this deadly disease than those not attending these classes.
She lectures on various behavior-related topics locally and nationally. Her areas of interest
include canine and feline anxiety and aggression, the human-animal bond, and animal welfare.
Total CE Credit:
Member $46 ($41 early bird special if enrolled by May 14, 2017)
Non-Member $110 ($99 early bird special if enrolled by May 14, 2017)
Prices are listed in US dollars.
*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes,
enrollment will close on June 4, 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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"This program (22-28644) is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a
total of 2 CE Credits, with a maximum of 2 CE Credits being available to any individual
veterinarian or veterinary technician/technologist.
This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of:
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:
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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.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you
call the VIN office at 800-846-0028 ext. 797.
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Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator
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