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DERM102-0511: Feline Dermatology 2011 ( Year of the Cat)

Mitchell D. Song, DVM, DACVD

COURSE OPEN: May 25 - June 25, 2011

REAL TIME SESSIONS: Wednesday, June 1, 8 and 15, 2011; 9:30pm-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 RTS. 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 RTS.

Level and Prerequisites: Participants in this course should be well versed in basic feline anatomy and physiology; this course is geared toward a veterinarian interested in dermatology topics . The course level has something to offer for most practitioners. There is basic review information, practical information for mid-level veterinarians and a minor amount of advanced material to keep it interesting.
VIN CE course: open to veterinarians. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians.

Course Description:
In many veterinary clinics dermatology can comprise up to 50% of the case load seen on a daily basis. This course will afford practitioners an update and review of some of the diseases seen; Ringworm, Allergic Dermatitis, Ectoparasites and Autoimmune Skin Disease. A brief review of current thought will be given to anatomy and physiology with major emphasis given to new and relevant diagnosis and treatment regimes. In the final week there will be an exciting presentation of New Diseases, New Treatments and Cool Cat Cases.

This course consists of three (3) 2 hour Real Time Sessions; library materials supplementing recommend reading; interactive message board discussions; and a mandatory end of course quiz (80% score needed) designed to enhance course effectiveness and material retention.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to

Course Materials: Course materials (other than the required textbook) will be available in the library prior to the Real Time Sessions.
Required textbook: Recommended textbook: About the Instructors: VIN Consultant and ACVD boarded dermatologist Mitchell Song received his veterinary degree from Mississippi State University and completed a residency in dermatology at the University of California, Davis. He is currently the owner of Animal Dermatology, PC in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona USA

Course Outline:
Week 1: (Real Time Session June 1): Ringworm "Really?" & Allergic Dermatitis "Itchcraft"
Required reading: None
Content: Dermatophytosis is one of the most common and devastating skin diseases in small animal dermatology. This course will review the latest pathophysiology of the disease and provide insight for proper treatment and control.
Allergic dermatitis in the cat can be extremely frustrating with severe pruritus. Learn the latest information about treating the pruritic cat with more than just depo-medrol injections and current recommendations about food allergy.
*Audio will be used for both Lecture and Question and Answer portions of this session.

Week 2: (Real Time Session June 8): Ectoparasites "Me and the Flea" & Autoimmune "Not all Crusts are Ringworm"
Required reading: None
Content: Flea allergy dermatitis is the no.1 disease in veterinary medicine. Flea control can be difficult and frustrating for owners. Learn about the newest methods and treatments for this common condition.
Autoimmune skin disease is challenging to diagnose and treat. Learn the pathophysiology of the most widely seen autoimmune skin disease in the cat and the newest recommendations for treatment.
*Audio will be used for both Lecture and Question and Answer portions of this session.

Week 3: (Real Time Session June 15): New Diseases, New Treatments 2011 & Cool Cat Cases
Required reading: None
Content: What's new is old and what's old is new again. This session will introduce you to some of the latest skin diseases recognized in the cat and new treatments for some of the old diseases. Finally, there will be a case presentation of some of the wildest cases of feline dermatology. This session should be both fun and interesting.
*Audio will be used for both Lecture and Question and Answer portions of this session.


Tuition: Member $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by May 11, 2011).
Non-Member $201 ($181 early bird special if enrolled by May 11, 2011).

** NOTE: 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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Note: "This course has been submitted for approval for 6 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/VIN 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: Withdrawal prior to the listed start date of a course entitles the registrant to a complete refund or a credit toward a future VIN CE course, whichever is preferred. Withdrawal within 1 week after the listed start date (i.e. including no more than one real-time session) entitles the registrant to a credit toward any future VIN CE course. (This policy does not apply to courses with only one real-time session.) After the first real-time session, a registrant may withdraw due to special circumstances and receive prorated credit towards a future VIN course. These requests will be handled on an individual basis. The amount of the prorated credit will be determined based on 65% of the time remaining in the course at the time of withdrawal. It is not possible to withdraw retroactively.
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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