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VIN CE Course DERM105-0213: Dermatological Potpourri in Small Animals

Enrollment is closed.

INSTRUCTOR: Patrick Hensel,, DACVD
COURSE OPEN: February 3-March 6, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Sundays, February 10, 17 and 24, 2013; 9:00-11:00 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 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: This intermediate level course is tailored for small animal veterinarians interested in dermatology topics. The participants in this course should have basic general medical knowledge and basic canine and feline anatomy and physiology.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians. This course has been RACE approved for veterinarians.

Course Description:
The course includes a practical approach to various common skin diseases based on updated review information, case presentations and practical tips, and so should offer something for most participating veterinarians. It will cover the most common fungal skin infections in dogs and cats, anti-fungal therapy, MRS pyoderma; and the different types of allergies (fleas, food and environmental allergens). Emphasis will be put mainly on case presentations and updates on the management of the various diseases presented during this course.

This course consists of three (3) 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.

*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.

Recommended Textbook: About the Instructors:
ACVD boarded dermatologist Patrick Hensel received his veterinary degree from University of Bern, Switzerland. He completed a doctorate thesis and rotating internship at the University of Zurich, Switzerland followed by a veterinary dermatology residency at the University of Georgia. He is currently Associate Professor of Veterinary Dermatology at the University of Georgia appointed for teaching, service and research with a strong interest in allergic and infectious skin diseases.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session February 10): Most Common Fungal Skin Infections
Content: In this session we will discuss the most common fungal skin infections (Malassezia dermatitis and Dermatophytosis) in dogs and cats and the corresponding antifungal therapy.

Week 2 (Real Time Session February 17): Update on MRS Pyoderma
Content: In this session we will review pyoderma in dogs with a main focus on MRSA vs. MRSP and their importance in regards to possible public health concerns between pet owners and their pets.

Week 3 (Real Time Session February 24): Allergies
Content: In this session we will concentrate on clinical presentation of various allergic skin conditions (fleas bite hypersensitivity, Mosquito bite hypersensitivity, food adverse reaction and atopy) with a focus on thorough diagnostic work-up and an update on recommended allergy management.


Tuition: Member $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by January 20, 2013)
Non-Member $201 ($181 early bird special if enrolled by January 20, 2013)

*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 has been approved 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 VIN Course Catalog.

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

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