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EMRG103-0811: Getting Thru the Night, Module II

Tony Johnson, DVM, DACVECC
Lee Palmer, DVM
COURSE OPEN: August 4-August 28, 2011
REAL TIME SESSIONS: Thursdays, August 11 and 18; 8:00-10:00pm 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 RTS. Times and dates will be listed in your course confirmation email. Expect to spend up to 1 hour at one of the 2-4 practice sessions held prior to the first RTS.

Level and Prerequisites: This course is geared toward new grads looking for practical guidance as they venture forth into the unpredictable world of veterinary medicine, but can be useful to those already experienced with ER work.
VIN CE course: Open to ALL recent grads and VIN members and has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians

Course Description:
You recently were or soon will be diagnosed with a new condition -- DOCTOR!
The transition from NOT doctor to THE doctor is a scary one. You don't know it yet, but you already know a lot and are ready to do this.
You have the knowledge and many of the skills. Transforming that competence into confidence is the next big step in your journey.
"Getting Thru the Night" -Part II - a CE course offered FREE to New Graduates is now open for enrollment!
The VIN Foundation (a nonprofit foundation you will be hearing a lot more about) is committed to helping you (and all new graduates) feel supported as you journey into and through your profession. As a new grad, the VIN Foundation is covering your enrollment fee.
There will be minimal emphasis on pathophysiology and a strong emphasis on diagnostic testing, client management, time management and therapy for various common emergencies. Common mistakes will be highlighted so YOU don't make them and common pitfalls will be mentioned so YOU can avoid them.
Many revelations will be made and many long-held beliefs will be shattered. This will be a whirlwind magical tour through the whimsical world of blood and guts ER stuff! Wear your running shoes! This is the opposite of the Ivory Tower.

This course consists of two (2) 2 hour Real Time Sessions; library materials; interactive message board discussions; and an end of course quiz designed to enhance course effectiveness and material retention. The instructors will be using a combination of audio and text lecture during the real time sessions.

Upon completion of this course, you should:

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Recommended Textbooks:
Small Animal Critical Care Medicine- Hopper, K, Silverstein, D: Elsevier, 2008
Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Manual, 2nd Edition, Mathews, K: Lifelearn, 2006

About the Instructors:
Dr. Johnson is a 1996 graduate of Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing a one-year internship in California, he chose to pursue a three-year residency in emergency medicine and critical care at Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland, Oregon. In October, 2003 he became ACVECC board certified. Dr. Johnson went on to practice critical care medicine in Chicago, Illinois and Gaithersburg Maryland before joining VIN. He is also on faculty and runs the critical care unit at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, and has lectured at several local and national veterinary conferences. He was inadvertently voted Speaker of the Year for the Western Veterinary Conference for 2010, and has somehow won several teaching awards. Dr. Johnson's special interests include pain management, bacon, mechanical ventilation, trauma, blood banking and transfusion medicine.
In his free time, he enjoys woodworking, blogging, counting his vast fortune in debt, cooking, SCUBA diving and raising his young son, Connor. He is married to Gretchen Statz, also a veterinary criticalist.

Dr. Palmer is a 2006 graduate of Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After receiving his DVM he served three years in the US Army Veterinary Corps as a Veterinary Corps Officer where he deployed to Iraq from Oct 2007 to Jan 2009 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is currently an Emergency/Critical Care resident at Auburn University CVM as well as an Associate Editor for VIN. He continues to serve as a veterinarian in the US Army Veterinary Service (Reserve Component).

Dr Carr is a 1988 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and has been board certified in Emergency/Critical care since 1999. She is a Regent for the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and is a partner and Emergency/Critical Care veterinarian with California Veterinary Specialists, as well as sharing her knowledge and experience as a VIN consultant.

Course Outline:
Week 1: (Real Time Session August 11)
Instructor(s): Tony Johnson
Required reading: None
Content: When & how to induce vomiting, Basic handling of toxin cases, How NOT to give steroids, Acute abdomen, GDV, Acute renal failure, Dog maul/Wound management

Week 2: (Real Time Session August 18)
Instructor(s):Tony Johnson
Required reading: None
Content: Lar Par and Tracheal collapse, Pericardial Effusion, Why pee is important, IVDD, Addisonian crisis, Dystocia


FREE for 2009, 2010 and 2011 graduates

The course content, the course transcript, message board and library will be made available to the general VIN membership after the course closes, but VIN members who just can't wait may enroll at the standard course cost:

VIN members: $72 by July 21, 2011; $80 after July 21, 2011

Veterinary students (unless scheduled to graduate in 2011) are not eligible to enroll in this course (but as a VIN member, you will have access to the content after the class).

Enrollment WILL CLOSE on Thursday, August 11 OR as soon as the course capacity is reached. Free courses fill up quickly, so enroll now!

** NOTE: As space is limited, we request that you enroll in this course only if you will be attending the real-time sessions on August 11 and 18 or will be completing the requirements for a CE certificate. If your interest is solely in the course content, the course transcript, message board and library will be available to the general VIN membership directly after the course closes.

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


  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 has been 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 Course Catalog at

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

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