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DERM104-0812: Dermatology Update 2012

COURSE OPEN: August 1-September 1, 2012
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Wednesdays, August 8, 15 and 22, 2012; 9:30pm-11:30 pm 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. 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 instructors 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 intermediate course is geared toward the veterinarian interested in dermatology. The course has something to offer for most practitioners; there will be some basic review, practical information for mid-level veterinarians, and a minor amount of advanced material to keep it interesting. Participants in this course should be well versed in basic feline and canine anatomy and physiology.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians only.

Course Description:
In many veterinary clinics dermatology can comprise up to 50% of the case load seen on a daily basis. This course will be a presentation of "hot topics" in dermatology with some fun and interesting case presentation. Several topics will be discussed including "What's for dinner?" a discussion of food allergy and adverse food reactions from a dermatologist's perspective; "Bacterial Pyoderma and Methicillin Resistance" a discussion of canine pyoderma and the latest information concerning bacterial resistance; "O, Canada" what's new in dermatology presented at the 7th World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology in Vancouver, BC and finally "VIN DERM 2012" a presentation of some of the more interesting and challenging dermatology cases from the VIN dermatology boards. All of the seminars are designed to present the latest scientific information for the practicing veterinarian. The topics will be timely and practical. They will be presented in lecture format (audio) with notes and references.

This course consists of three (3) 2-hour Real Time Sessions 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.

*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 Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook(s): Recommended Journal:

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 August 8): What's For Dinner? Food Allergy and Adverse Food Reactions
Content: This 2 hour session will be an in-depth discussion of food allergy, the signs and pathogenesis. We will cover the different types of adverse food reactions, how to identify and treat them. There will be an open and honest discussion about hypoallergenic diets.

Week 2 (Real Time Session August 15): Bacterial Pyoderma and Methicillin Resistance
Content: This session will discuss the many clinical presentations of bacterial skin disease and antibacterial therapy. Dosages will be discussed and provided. The remainder of the presentation will be devoted to methicillin resistance. Information will be provided about human versus veterinary prospective about the disease. Practical information will be given about this emerging problem.

Week 3 (Real Time Session August 22): "O, Canada!" News from the 7th World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology, Vancouver BC
Content: This will be a compilation of the latest information from the 7th World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology. We will cover new diseases, new science and new treatments, the latest and greatest. If you want to be up-to-date and know what's happening in dermatology, VIN will have the information for you.
VIN DERM 2012 - These are some of the most fun, interesting, challenging and bizarre dermatology cases taken directly from the VIN dermatology boards. Active participation will be required!!!


Tuition: Member $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by July 18, 2012).
Non-Member $201 ($181 early bird special if enrolled by July 18, 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 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: 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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