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DERM103-0212: Dermatology Therapeutics

COURSE OPEN: February 15-March 3, 2012
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Wednesday, February 22, 2012; 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 Real Time Session. 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 Real Time Session.

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 only.

Course Description:
Dermatology Therapeutics is a review of the new "hot topics" in dermatological therapy. Included in this lecture will be some of the current thoughts on the treatment of skin disease. See what some of the world's leading experts are using. What's new, what some of the prevailing thoughts are about pathogenesis and what to do with some of your difficult and hard to treat cases. This is not an in-depth seminar, rather a quick overview to see what's happening in the treatment of skin disease.

This course consists of one (1) 2 hour Real Time Session with 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.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required textbooks: There are no required textbooks for this course.

Recommended textbooks:

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 February 22): Dermatology Therapeutics Content:

  1. Bacterial - Review of Staph pseudintermedius, MRSA, MRSP (current thought and therapy), Commonly used systemic antibiotics, & Topical antibacterial agents
  2. Fungal/Yeast - Dermatophytosis, Malassezia sp., Systemic antifungal medication, & Topical antifungal medication
  3. Cornification defects (seborrhea) - Topical medications
  4. Allergic skin disease - Review (brief) of atopic dermatitis, Systemic medications & Topical medications
  5. Parasitic skin disease - Fleas please!, Flea control measures (an end to the confusion), Flea control for cats & Demodex and the others
  6. Autoimmune skin disease - Pemphigus, Lupus, Systemic treatments (what works and what doesn't) & Topical treatments
  7. Otitis - Review and current thoughts on otitis externa, Pseudomonas sp. Otitis, Systemic therapy (indications and controversy) & Topical therapy


Tuition: Member $40 ($36 early bird special if enrolled by February 1, 2012).
Non-Member $98 ($88 early bird special if enrolled by February 1, 2012).

*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 enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.


  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 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email (VIN CE) or (VSPN CE) Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is submitted for approval for (( CREDITS )) 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: 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/VSPN office 1-800-700-INFO (4636) 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/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).

* For more information on VIN's Upcoming CE Courses check the Course Catalog at

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

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