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VIN CE Course DERM109-0415: Canine Pemphigus Foliaceus vs Discoid Lupus Erythematosus
The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly audio format.
Please come prepared to listen.

Enrollment is closed.

Instructor(s): Kathy Tater, DVM, MPH, DACVD, CPH
Course Open: April 26-May 13, 2015
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Sunday, May 3, 2015; 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 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 course will be open to veterinarians actively interested in dermatology.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians. The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

Course Description:
The course will familiarize participants with the two most common and commonly confused autoimmune skin diseases of the dog, pemphigus foliaceus and discoid lupus erythematosus. The session will be primarily directed to practicing veterinarians and focused on diagnosis and treatment.

The real time session will provide a brief overview of the pathophysiology of pemphigus foliaceus and discoid lupus erythematous with an emphasis on how this influences the different diagnostic findings for each condition. Information will then be presented about developing a diagnostic plan for the patient. Finally, the session will review common immunosuppressive and immunomodulatory treatment options and include clinical tips for patient management.

From the clinical perspective, this course will familiarize participants with many aspects of diagnosing and managing canine pemphigus foliaceus and discoid lupus erythematosus. The session will contain informative and practical information for veterinarians.

This course consists of one (1) 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.

To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

*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.
Recommended Textbook(s): Any basic dermatology textbook.

About the Instructors:
Dr. Tater earned her DVM from Cornell University in 2002 and has since practiced clinical medicine while also teaching and conducting research at multiple institutions (North Carolina State University, Angell Animal Medical Center, Animal Allergy and Dermatology in Virginia, Tufts University). Dr. Tater is Board-Certified in Veterinary Dermatology by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology; a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; and Certified in Public Health. Dr. Tater also earned a BS from the University of Maryland in 1998 and a MPH in Quantitative Methods (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2012. She is the author of multiple research articles and book chapters and is a member of the Editorial Board for the journal Veterinary Dermatology.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session May 3, 2015): Canine Pemphigus Foliaceus vs Discoid Lupus Erythematosus
Content: Information will be presented on the differences between canine pemphigus foliaceus and discoid lupus erythematosus in the following areas: pathophysiology, diagnostic approach, and common treatment options. The session will conclude with practical tips for managing patients on immunosuppressive and immunomodulatory treatments.

CE Credits: 2

Tuition: Free to VIN members only.
Non-members and veterinary students are not eligible to enroll in this course.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on May 2, 2015 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.
*Note: "This course is approved for 2 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 VIN CE at 800-846-0028 ext. 797 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 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

VIN CE Services:
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