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BHVR105-1214: Senior Pet Behavior
The lecture for this course will be presented in a predominantly audio format.
Please come prepared to listen.
Meredith Stepita DVM, DACVB (Veterinary Behaviorist)
December 2-19, 2014
Real Time Sessions (RTS):
Tuesday, December 9, 2014; 9:00-11:00 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 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
one of the Practice Sessions.
Level and Prerequisites:
course is intended
for small animal practitioners with an interest in behavior and geriatrics.
VIN CE Course:
Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.
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, how to determine if the cause is medical or behavioral,
and treatments options 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 holistic care for senior patients through
a comprehensive understanding of diagnosis and treatment of common
geriatric behavioral problems.
This course consists of one (1) 2-hour Real Time Session, 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.
To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to
Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate
*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
- 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.
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 Instructors:
Dr. Meredith Stepita
- Horwitz DF, Neilson JC. 2007.
Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion:
Canine and Feline Behavior. Wiley and Sons.
- Landsberg G, Hunthausen W, Ackerman L. 2013.
Behavior Problems of the Dog and Cat, 3rd Edition. Elsevier Health.
- Horwitz D, Mills DS. 2010.
BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Behavioural Medicine. BSAVA.
- Landsberg GM, DePorter T, Araujo JA.
Clinical Signs and Management of Anxiety, Sleeplessness, and Cognitive
Dysfunction in the Senior Pet.
Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. May 2011;41(3):565-590.
- Landsberg GM, Nichol J, Araujo JA.
Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome: A Disease of Canine and Feline Brain Aging.
Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. July 2012;42(4):749-68.
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.
(Real Time Session December 9, 2014)
This lecture will review behavioral clinical signs geriatric
pets typically present for, how to determine if the cause is medical
or behavioral, and treatments options 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 holistic care for their senior patients through a
comprehensive understanding of diagnosis and treatment of common geriatric
CE Credits: 2
Member $42 ($38 early bird special if enrolled by November 18, 2014)
Non-Member $103 ($93 early bird special if enrolled by November 18, 2014)
*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes,
enrollment will close at 5 pm ET on December 9th
or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
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Participant Resource Center
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to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
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Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator
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