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VIN CE Course DERM108-0216: Itch: Atopic Dermatitis, Food Allergy and Itchy Dog, Itchy Cat
The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format.

Enrollment is closed.

Presenter: Mitchell D. Song, DVM, DACVD
Course Open: February 28-March 23, 2016
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Sundays, March 6 & 13, 2016: 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 presenter 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 basic course will be open to veterinarians with an interest in allergy and how it relates to dermatology. Participants should have a basic understanding of cutaneous anatomy, physiology and immunology, and have access to basic dermatology textbooks.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 22-14496)

Course Information:
Pathophysiology of disease, immunology and pharmacology will be discussed however the sessions will be primarily directed to practicing veterinarians. The course will familiarize participants with the current state of allergic and pruritic skin diseases including diagnosis and therapeutic interventions.

The first real time session will provide an overview of principles of atopic dermatitis for both canine and feline patients. Will be discussing old problems and new treatments.

The second session will directed at the pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of food allergy and cutaneous adverse food reactions. Information about inflammatory bowel disease will not be included. The end of the second session will be a compilation of miscellaneous skin diseases that can lead to pruritus in the dog and cat. These will include but not be limited to contact dermatitis, pemphigus complex, erythema multiforme and other diseases presented in a case study format.

From the clinical perspective, this course will familiarize the participants with many aspects of veterinary dermatology as related to the pruritic patient. Both sessions will contain informative and practical information for veterinarians.

Week 1 (Real Time Session March 6, 2016): Atopic Dermatitis - Old Problems, New Treatments
Presenter: Mitchell D. Song, DVM, DACVD
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 2 (Real Time Session March 13, 2016): Food Allergy - What's for Dinner & Itchy Dog, Itchy Cat - Not Food, Not Allergies, Now What?
Presenter: Mitchell D. Song, DVM, DACVD
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

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 Presenter:
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.

Total CE Credit: 4

Tuition: Member $84 ($76 early bird special if enrolled by February 14, 2016)
Non-Member $157 ($141 early bird special if enrolled by February 14, 2016)

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on March 4, 2016 (Friday) at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

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

To Enroll:
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 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
"This program (22-14496) is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 4 CE Credits, with a maximum of 4 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Scientific, using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance: (Web-based, Teleconference or Audio-Conference). This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements."

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 office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 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 office at 800-846-0028 ext. 797.

*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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