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VIN CE Course DIAG220-1116: Diagnostic testing for vector-borne disease: What am I missing?
The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format.

Enrollment is closed.

Presenter: Linda Kidd, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Course Open: November 29-December 23, 2016
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, December 6 and 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 intermediate course will be open to veterinarians actively interested in vector-borne disease, screening and diagnostic testing for these diseases.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians.

Course Information:
"The tick panel was negative" is a common phrase that is used to indicate that vector-borne disease has been ruled out in a patient with immune-mediated disease. However, which diagnostic testing modality (PCR or serology) is most sensitive, which organisms should be included in a panel, and whether repeat testing should be performed, depends on the case scenario. In this course, clinically relevant epidemiology and pathophysiology of vector-borne disease agents and theory behind the design of diagnostic tests used for vector-borne disease screening will be reviewed and applied to case scenarios.

Week 1 (Real Time Session December 6, 2016): Diagnostic testing for vector-borne disease, which test and when?
Presenter: Linda Kidd, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Format: Audio
Description: Review clinically relevant design principles behind the diagnostic tests you choose for vector-borne disease screening and organism and host factors that affect their sensitivity to optimize diagnostic testing in an individual patient.
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 2 (Real Time Session December 13, 2016): Vector-borne disease case challenges
Presenter: Linda Kidd, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Format: Audio
Description: Clinical findings and case context are emphasized in this case-based challenge to reinforce concepts that help clinicians determine which vector-borne disease agents are most likely, which diagnostic testing methodology to utilize, and whether repeat testing is warranted in an individual patient.
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:
Linda Kidd received a Bachelor of Science in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her DVM from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM). After several years in private small animal practice, she returned to the UW-SVM to obtain specialty training in Small Animal Internal Medicine. She completed the program in July of 2000, and achieved board certification by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine at that time. She stayed on as a Clinical Instructor of Small Animal Internal Medicine until December of 2002. Dr Kidd then left Madison to pursue research training at the Intracellular Pathogens Research Laboratory at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, under the mentorship of Dr Ed Breitschwerdt. There she obtained a PhD in Immunology with a minor in Molecular Biology. Her PhD research centered on the molecular characterization of Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis in dogs. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at The Scripps Research Institute in a thrombosis and hemostasis laboratory under the direction of Dr Nigel Mackman. Currently, Dr Kidd is an Associate Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr Kidd's clinical and research interests include vector borne disease, the role of undetected infection in triggering immune-mediated diseases, mechanisms of thrombosis in dogs with immune mediated hemolytic anemia, and diagnostic reasoning. She has several ongoing collaborative clinical research projects investigating the pathophysiology of immune mediated hemolytic anemia and vector borne disease with internal medicine specialty practices in Southern California, North Carolina State University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the recipient of the Pfizer Award for Teaching Excellence and the Monica Menard award for Pathobiological Research.

Total CE Credit: 4

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

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on December 6, 2016 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.
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"This program (RACE program number to be determined) has been submitted for approval by 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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