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VIN CE Course EXOT003-0214: Neonatal Wildlife Medicine

Enrollment is closed.

INSTRUCTOR(S): Heather W. Barron, DVM, DABVP Avian
Lauren V Powers, DVM, DABVP Avian, DABVP Exotic Companion Mammals

COURSE OPEN: February 5-March 15, 2014
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Wednesdays February 12, 19, 26 and March 5, 2014; 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, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and veterinary support staff actively interested in neonatal wildlife medicine and wildlife diseases.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and veterinary staff. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians only.
The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

Course Description:
The primary purpose of this course is to provide a basic understanding of the principles of care for neonatal North American wildlife. The course will include details on the common syndromes and diseases with which orphaned or abducted 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, and a mandatory end-of-course test. Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course.

*The lecture portion of this course will be an audio presentation, please be prepared to listen.

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:
Heather Wilson Barron is Hospital Director at the Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) in Sanibel Island, FL. She received training in exotic and wild animal medicine and surgery through a residency at the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, where she stayed on as faculty in the Zoological Medicine Service for a decade. She obtained further international experience as Department Head of Clinical Medicine at St. Matthew's University, School of Veterinary Medicine in the Cayman Islands, where she was also the veterinarian for the Cayman Turtle Farm and Cayman Wildlife Rescue. She has served as a consultant for both IDEXX and Antech Imaging Services and is a former president of the Association of Avian Veterinarians.

Lauren Powers is a 1994 graduate from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a residency in Non-Domestic Avian Medicine and Surgery at North Carolina State University in 1997, during which she spent a month at The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Powers worked a total of six years in general private practice before joining the staff at Carolina Veterinary Specialists as service head of the Avian and Exotic Pet Service. Dr. Powers has written more than thirty scientific journal articles and book chapters. She has lectured extensively locally, regionally, and nationally. She currently serves on the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) Research Committee and Education Committee. She has served on the boards of directors for both the Wildlife Rehabilitators of North Carolina (WRNC) and Carolina Waterfowl Rescue (CWR). She was a 2011 and 2012 recipient of the AAV President's Award for Outstanding Service, the 2008 recipient of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV) President's Award, and has received many other professional honors and awards. She also serves as adjunct assistant professor at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She provides medical and surgical services as needed to a local raptor rehabilitation center (Carolina Raptor Center), science museum (the Discovery Place), nature museum (Charlotte Nature Museum), and to local licensed wildlife rehabilitators.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session February 12, 2014)
Content: Week 2 (Real Time Session February 19, 2014)
Content: Week 3 (Real Time Session February 26, 2014)
Content: Week 4 (Real Time Session March 5, 2014)
Content: CE CREDITS: 8

Tuition: Member $160 ($144 early bird special if enrolled by January 22, 2014)
Non-Member $253 ($228 early bird special if enrolled by January 22, 2014)

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close at 5 pm ET February 12, 2014 or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

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.
  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 is submitted for approval 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 VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

The CE team:

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

VIN CE Services:
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