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VIN CE Course EXOT005-0414: Basics of Exotic Companion Mammal Dentistry
The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly text format.

Enrollment is closed.

INSTRUCTOR(S): Sandra Mitchell, DVM, ABVP Feline, ABVP ECM
L�ic Legendre, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC, DEVDC

COURSE OPEN: April 1-May 2, 2014
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Tuesdays, April 8, 15, and 22, 2014; 8:00-9:30 pm ET (US)
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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.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic course will be open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians actively interested in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of common dentistry presentations when dealing with rabbits, guinea pigs, and rodents.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

Course Description:
We will cover the basic dental anatomy for rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents, mice, rats, hamsters, and prairie dogs, as well as husbandry issues (such as diet) which may influence dental health. We will then discuss the common presentations seen with each species, methods of diagnosing dental disease, and the appropriate treatment for these conditions. Some time will be spent going over the proper equipment needed in the exotic dental suite, and post-procedural management options and care. This class will only touch on the anesthesia of these patients, leaving that generous topic for another course.

This course consists of three (3) 90-minute 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.

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:
Sandra Mitchell is board certified in both exotic companion mammal practice and feline practice. As a general practitioner as well as referral practitioner she sees and treats all stages of dental disease in her patients.

Loic Legendre started as a companion animal general practitioner, "fell" into dentistry and never looked back. He worked for 5 years in a large referral hospital with 23 other specialists and thereby received exposure to many "unusual" cases. Currently, Dr. Legendre is a shareholder and practitioner in a veterinary dental referral center where he works above the neck in a variety of species - mostly dogs, cats, rabbits, and rodents. Dr. Legendre has published several articles and spends many weekends each year lecturing in Canada, the USA, Europe, and other, more exotic, locations.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session April 8, 2014): Anatomy and Diet
Content: Week 2 (Real Time Session April 15, 2014): Common Disease Presentations
Content: Week 3 (Real Time Session April 22, 2014): Equipment and Treatment
Content: CE CREDITS: 4.5

Tuition: Member $95 ($86 early bird special if enrolled by March 18, 2014)
Non-Member $171 ($154 early bird special if enrolled by March 18, 2014)

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close at 5 pm ET April 8, 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 approved for 4.5 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:
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 797
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01452226154

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