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VIN CE Course BHVR102-0718: Pet Anxiety 2018
The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a webinar platform.

Enrollment is closed.

Presenters: Debbie J. Calnon, BSc, BVMS, MACVSc (Behavior), Dip VET-P, CertIVTC, CMAVA
Kersti Seksel, BVSc(Hons), MRCVS, MA (Hons), FACVSc. (Animal Behaviour), Dipl. ACVB, CMAVA

Course Open: July 25-September 1, 2018
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, August 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2018; 9:00-10:30 pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter

Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course will be open to veterinarians and veterinary staff actively interested in small animal behavior. This course has been specifically tailored for the small animal practitioner and veterinary technician/technologist. Participants are required to have a basic knowledge of anatomy, neurology, physiology, animal behavior and welfare. This course includes practical approaches to various pet anxiety issues.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary staff. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. (RACE 22-33279)

Course Information:
This course is designed to allow discussions in the different areas of pet anxieties, fears and phobias. It will include some strategies to help you diagnose and treat your patients' anxiety disorders and support their owners as effectively as possible. No two behavior cases are the same. However, a review of the pathogenesis of these disorders, the general principles that apply for them, together with case studies, will give you more confidence in managing these cases in your practice. There will also be an overview of the role of medication and environmental management in anxiety disorders. Veterinarians practicing at all levels of the veterinary field are invited to participate.

Week 1 (Real Time Session August 1, 2018): Fears, Phobias and Anxieties
Presenters: Dr. Debbie J. Calnon and Dr. Kersti Seksel
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 2 (Real Time Session August 8, 2018): Dogs and Anxiety Canine Aggression
Presenters: Dr. Debbie J. Calnon and Dr. Kersti Seksel
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 3 (Real Time Session August 15, 2018): Cats and Anxiety
Presenters: Dr. Debbie J. Calnon and Dr. Kersti Seksel
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 4 (Real Time Session August 22, 2018): Noise Phobias and Separation Anxiety
Presenters: Dr. Debbie J. Calnon and Dr. Kersti Seksel
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(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Presenters:
Debbie Calnon currently divides her time between seeing referral cases to her Behaviour Counseling Service and teaching behaviour topics to veterinarians, veterinary nurses, trainers and other groups interested in small animal behaviour. She is Past President of the Australian Veterinary Behaviour Interest Group and is passionate about promoting the importance of behavioural medicine to the veterinary profession. Debbie enjoys sharing ideas and experiences on VIN and appreciates the benefits of being part of the supportive VIN community.

Kersti Seksel is a registered veterinary specialist in behavioural medicine and is board certified in the Australian, American and European Colleges. She works in two specialist referral practices as well as her own practice seeing behaviour cases in both Sydney and Melbourne in Australia. She is Associate Senior lecturer at Charles Stuart University and teaches the Distance Education course in Behavioural Medicine for the Centre of Veterinary Education at the University of Sydney, presents education courses all over the world in behavioural medicine, and writes for scientific journals, textbooks, as well as popular magazines. She is a regular presenter in the media and currently is the President of the Australian Companion Animal Council and loves being part of the wider VIN community.

Total CE Credit: 6

Tuition: Member $138 ($124 early bird special if enrolled by July 11, 2018)
Non-Member $231 ($208 early bird special if enrolled by July 11, 2018)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on August 1, 2018 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 (22-33279) is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 6 CE Credits, with a maximum of 6 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian or veterinary technician/technologist. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Scientific, 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.

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

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

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