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VIN CE Course ALTM101-0316: Introduction to Holistic Methods II
The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format.

Enrollment is closed.

Presenters: Doug Knueven, DVM (course coordinator)
Neal Sivula, DVM, PhD, FAAVA
Ann Bancroft, DVM, CCRP
Shelley Epstein, VMD
Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD, ACVIM Small Animal, ACVN

Course Open: March 2-April 9, 2016
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, March 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2016; 8:30-10:30 pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter

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. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session is up to 1 hour in length. For more information, please visit the CE Practice Area.

*The presenters 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 basic course will be open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists interested in learning more about holistic methods, the science that supports these methods, and how these are currently being used in veterinary medicine.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists (RACE #22-19050).

Course Information:
The second of 2 modules, this course provides an introduction to homeopathy, chiropractic, rehab/laser therapy, and natural nutrition. The course covers the theory behind each holistic method, any scientific support for the efficacy of the method, and the appropriate use of these holistic methods in veterinary medicine.

Week 1 (Real Time Session March 9, 2016): Homeopathy
Presenter: Shelley Epstein, VMD
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 2 (Real Time Session March 16, 2016): Chiropractic
Presenter: Neal Sivula, DVM, PhD, FAAVA
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 3 (Real Time Session March 23, 2016): Rehab/Laser Therapy
Presenter: Ann Bancroft, DVM, CCRP
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 4 (Real Time Session March 30, 2016): Natural Nutrition
Presenters: Doug Knueven, DVM and Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD, ACVIM Small Animal, ACVN
Format: Audio
Objectives: 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. To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook: There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Presenters:
Dr. Shelley Epstein has been practicing Classical Homeopathy for animals since 1995 and is a Certified Veterinary Homeopath by the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy. In addition to her initial coursework to attain certification, she has completed over 1000 additional hours of study in homeopathy, including veterinary studies in England and courses presented to MD/DOs. She has taught introductory-level courses that were approved for continuing education credits in Pennsylvania and Delaware (2000-2004), and lectures extensively in the U.S. and abroad at introductory and advanced levels at veterinary conferences (AVMA, NAVC, AVH, AHVMA, VA VMA, MN VMA, and PVMA) as well as conferences for all medical professionals (LIGA, HMSSP). She is published in the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association (Nov/Dec 2012) and writes and lectures on the science of homeopathy.

Dr. Neal Sivula was certified in Animal Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in 1999 as well as the College of Animal Chiropractors. He is a past Board member of both the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association as well as the College of Animal Chiropractors and has served as an instructor in the Animal Chiropractic programs at Parker Chiropractic College, The Healing Oasis Wellness Center as well as the Backbone Academy in Germany. He is a current board member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Sivula has also taught Animal Chiropractic continuing education courses since 2005. In his practice he sees between 15-20 chiropractic patients daily.

Dr. Ann Bancroft has her certification in Canine Rehabilitation from the University of Tennessee and certification in Animal Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. She is the Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine Specialty Team Leader of a large specialty practice based in Worthington, Ohio. Her rehabilitation practice sees an average of 30 patients per day. She has 5 years of experience using Low Level Laser Therapy with a focus on pain management.

Dr. Doug Knueven has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 28 years and has devoted many of his veterinary CEU coursework to veterinary nutrition. He completed a self-directed, one-on-one nutrition course with Dr. Sarah Abood, nutritionist at Michigan State University, in 2010. In his clinical practice, he has worked with clients who feed their pets raw diets since 1998 and has fed all his own pets raw pet food since that time. Doug spent three years in the employ of Nature's Variety, the largest raw pet food manufacturer in the US. He has lectured about raw diets at over 40 veterinary conferences including the AVMA annual conference in 2008 and the NAVC conference in 2009 and has lectured on the topic at a dozen colleges of veterinary medicine.

Dr. Joseph Bartges is a board certified internist and nutritionist with over close to 30 years of post-veterinary school experience including publishing over 400 peer-reviewed articles, review articles, abstracts, and book chapters. He is also editor of Nephrology and Urology of Small Animals and serves on editorial boards of 5 journals including the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He has formulated and balanced homemade raw diets and has performed and published research in this area. He has lectured at conferences, including international, on nutrition and on homemade and raw food diets specifically.

Total CE Credit: 8

Tuition: Member $168 ($151 early bird special if enrolled by February 17, 2016)
Non-Member $266 ($239 early bird special if enrolled by February 17, 2016)

*Enroll in both modules (ALTM100-0116 and ALTM101-0316) of the Introduction to Holistic Methods course before January 13, 2016 and receive the discounted enrollment price: Member $286 Non-Member $452

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on March 9, 2016 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.

To Enroll:
Enrollment is closed.
  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 and 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 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
"This program (22-19050) is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 8 CE Credits, with a maximum of 8 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian or veterinary technician/technologist. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Non-Scientific-Clinical 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: 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.

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator

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