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VIN CE Course EXOT002-0613: Call of the Wild: Wildlife Medicine and Diseases of Wildlife

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INSTRUCTOR(S): Sonia M. Hernandez, DVM, DACZM, PhD and Heather Wilson Barron, DVM, Dipl. ABVP
COURSE OPEN: June 11-July 19, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Tuesdays, June 18, 25, July 2, July 9; 7:00-9:00 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 instructors 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 basic course will be open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians actively interested in wildlife medicine and diseases. Participants are expected to have some prior knowledge of wildlife medicine.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians. This course has been RACE approved for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

Course Description:
The primary purpose of this course is to provide a basic to intermediate understanding of the principles of care of wildlife. The course will include details on the common syndromes with which wildlife patients present to a clinic, the approach to triage, emergency treatment and monitoring of the wildlife patient, the most notable infectious and non-infectious diseases of wildlife, and the public health and legal implications of treating wildlife.

This course consists of four (4) 2-hour Real Time Session, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, a mandatory end-of-course test, and may include online multiple choice quizzes (after each Real Time Session). Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course.

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.

About the Instructors:
Sonia M. Hernandez is a wildlife veterinarian and ecologist. She is currently an assistant professor in a shared position between the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study at the University of Georgia. She received training in zoological medicine through a residence at Cornell University (1998-2001) is boarded in zoological medicine and has a PhD in Ecology. She obtained clinical experience as a zoo veterinarian and a private exotic animal and wildlife practitioner. Currently she conducts research to better understand how anthropogenic activities affect the health and disease prevalence of wild animals. She currently teaches various courses on wildlife disease investigation and management and conservation medicine.

Heather Wilson Barron is a wildlife veterinarian, is boarded by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Avian) and since December 2011 has been the Hospital Director at the Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) in Sanibel Island, FL. She has worked as a clinician and a researcher largely in an academic setting, but also in private practice. She has served as a consultant for both IDEXX and Antech Imaging Services, focusing on exotic/wild animal medicine. She was a leading instructor for Marvet in the Grand Cayman for 4 years and has taught numerous courses on avian, exotic and zoological medicine.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session June 18, 2013)
Content: Week 2 (Real Time Session June 25, 2013)
Content: Week 3 (Real Time Session July 2, 2013)
Content: Week 4 (Real Time Session July 9, 2013)
Content: CE CREDITS: 8

Tuition: $160 ($144 early bird special if enrolled by May 28, 2013)

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a weekend, course enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

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

Enrollment is now 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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*Note: "This course is approved for 8 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 VSPN's upcoming CE courses, check the VSPN Course Catalog.

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

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