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VIN CE Course DERM107-0114: Otitis Externa for the Practitioner

Enrollment is closed.

COURSE OPEN: January 26-February 19, 2014
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Sundays, February 2 and 9, 2014; 9:30-11:30 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 will be open to veterinarians actively interested in the diagnosis and treatment of external diseases of the ear in small animals.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians. This course has been RACE approved for veterinarians. The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

Course Description:
Otitis externa in small animals ranks one of the most common problems we face as veterinary practitioners. This course is designed to address problems with ear disease in small animals and provide practical solutions.

This course consists of two (2) 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.

Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

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 2, 2014): Anatomy and physiology of the canine ear & Bacterial and fungal diseases of the ear
Content: In order to establish a base of understanding we will begin with an overview of the anatomy and basic physiology of the canine ear. Anatomical terms will be given so we may all have a point of reference. Histologic structures will be discussed to emphasize disease processes later in the course. There will be a brief discussion of the ear physiology.

Bacterial flora and disease will be given as an overview. Bacterial cultures and how to use them will be discussed with examples for cases. A discussion of resistant Pseudomonas sp. otitis will be given along with case material. Debate will be presented about the use of systemic antibiotics vs. topical therapy. Finally, we will conclude with information about Malassezia sp. otitis.

Week 2 (Real Time Session February 9, 2014): Parasitic and allergic diseases of the ear & Diseases of the pinna
Content: The session will begin with a talk about parasites which may infest the ears. Parasites will be followed by a discussion about allergic otitis and why proper diagnosis and treatment of this is so important in veterinary medicine. Long-term management will be emphasized.

We will conclude our series with diagnosis and management of diseases of the pinna. Examples will be given along with a discussion of these often frustrating cases and how to treat them. The diagnosis and treatment of external diseases of the ear in small animal is an exciting and timely topic. Bring your cases to the discussion boards.

"Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!!" - William Shakespeare


Tuition: Member $80 ($72 early bird special if enrolled by January 19, 2014)
Non-Member $150 ($135 early bird special if enrolled by January 19, 2014)

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close at 5 pm ET on February 2, 2014 or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

Enrollment is closed.
  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 4 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.

The CE team:

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

VIN CE Services:
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 797
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01452226154

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