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VIN EMRG104-0821: Getting Thru the Night – How to make it thru the night in ER Module III

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

Presenters: Tony Johnson, DVM, DACVECC
Lee Palmer, DVM, MS, DACVECC
Course Open: August 10-September 3, 2021
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, August 17 and 24, 2021; 9:00-11:00 pm ET (USA) World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 4
RACE Category: 4 hours Medical

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Course Information:
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 III is the third of a series of 3 CE modules offered yearly FREE to New Graduates, thanks to the VIN Foundation. (The VIN Foundation: is committed to helping you (and all new graduates) feel supported as you journey into and through our profession. As part of this commitment to the 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.

Upon completion of this course, you should:
  • understand and be comfortable with many common ER diseases and their management.
  • develop more confidence in general ER case management.
  • unleash your inner ER doctor and realize your untapped potential for general life-saving and ass-kicking.
  • be able to see through walls, read minds, tap dance and shoot paralyzing barbs from your fingers. Simultaneously.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
  • understand when and how to induce vomiting.
  • understand the basic handling of toxin cases.
  • repeat the Ten Steroid Rules to Live By.
  • understand and be comfortable with common ER diseases and their management including:
    • Acute abdomen
    • GDV
    • Acute renal failure
    • Dog maul/Wound management
  • understand why pee is important.
  • understand when and how to use oxygen therapy.
  • understand and be comfortable with common ER diseases and their management including:
    • Respiratory Distress
    • Pericardial Effusion
    • IVDD
    • Addisonian crisis
    • Dystocia

Level and Prerequisites: This basic VIN CE 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.
Accreditation: This course is approved for 4 hours of continuing education credit by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 20-752865)

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session August 17, 2021): Common Emergencies Part I
Presenters: Tony Johnson, DVM, DACVECC
Lee Palmer, DVM, MS, DACVECC

Week 2 (Real Time Session August 24, 2021): Common Emergencies Part II
Presenters: Tony Johnson, DVM, DACVECC
Lee Palmer, DVM, MS, DACVECC

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.

Enrollment is closed.

Tuition: FREE for 2019, 2020, and 2021 graduates
Member $92 ($83 early bird special if enrolled by August 3, 2021)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*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 and veterinary students who are scheduled to graduate in 2021 or later can access prior years' content FREE by going to and clicking on Getting Thru the Night under Archived Courses or using this direct link:

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on August 17, 2021 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.

  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. 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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