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VIN DERM119-1022: Medical Diagnosis and Treatment of Otitis Externa

The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a webinar platform.

Presenter: Mitchell D. Song, DVM, DACVD (Dermatology)
Course Open: October 25-November 18, 2022
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, November 1 and 8, 2022; 9:00-11:00 ET (USA) World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 4
RACE Category: 4 hours Medical

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Tuition: Member $92 ($83 early bird special if enrolled by October 11, 2022)
Non-Member $169 ($152 early bird special if enrolled by October 11, 2022)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

Course Information:
Otitis externa is always in the top five most common diseases seen in small animal practice. Many of these cases respond to combination topical medications. Others become chronic and difficult to resolve. This course will cover many aspects of otitis externa including normal anatomy, bacterial infections, allergic diseases and diseases of the pinna. This course will not discuss surgery of the ear or otitis media/interna. The information will be presented in a practical format for midlevel small animal practitioners.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
  • discuss basic canine ear anatomy and physiology.
  • discuss the ear microbiome and bacterial ear infections.
  • discuss treatment options for Pseudomonas sp. Otitis infections.
  • discuss how to biopsy the pinna.
  • discuss differential diseases of the pinna.
  • discuss treatment options for recurrent otitis externa.
  • discuss treatment modalities for allergic otitis.
  • discuss aural polyps, their diagnosis and treatment.

Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate VIN CE course is open for enrollment to veterinarians interested in advanced knowledge on the diagnosis and treatment of otitis externa.
Accreditation: This course has been submitted (but not yet approved) for 4 hours of continuing education credit for veterinarians in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session November 1, 2022): Otitis Externa I
Presenters: Mitchell D. Song, DVM, DACVD (Dermatology)
This session will cover anatomy and physiology of the ear, the otic microbiome and Pseudomonas sp. Otitis infections.

Week 2 (Real Time Session November 8, 2022): Otitis Externa II
Presenters: Mitchell D. Song, DVM, DACVD (Dermatology)
This session will cover diseases of the pinna, and allergic and recurrent otitis externa.

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.

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Tuition: Member $92 ($83 early bird special if enrolled by October 11, 2022)
Non-Member $169 ($152 early bird special if enrolled by October 11, 2022)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on November 1, 2022 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.

Enrollment qualifications:
  1. VIN CE Courses:
    1. VIN CE courses are open to VIN member, VIN student member, and non-member veterinarians.
    2. Veterinary support staff must be VSPN members in order to enroll in a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. VSPN CE Courses:
    1. VSPN CE courses are open to veterinary support staff and veterinarians.
    2. Only VIN and VSPN members can enroll in a VSPN CE course.
    3. Veterinarians will only receive credit for those VSPN CE courses that specify in the Accreditation statement that the course is accredited for veterinarians.
  3. Please check the course Level and Prerequisites, Accreditation, and Tuition before enrolling.
  4. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from and addresses.
    1. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  5. 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.

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.

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

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

VIN CE Services:
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