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VIN CE Course EXOT006-0514: Basics of Exotic Companion Mammal Pharmacology
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 and Nancy Costlow, Pharm D
COURSE OPEN: April 30-June 27, 2014
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Wednesdays, May 7, 14, 21, break, June 4, 11, 18; 8:00-9:30 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.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic course will be open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians actively interested in pharmacology for exotic companion mammals. Areas discussed will include antibiotics, anti-parasiticides, pain control, topical treatments, and sedatives for minor procedures. Basic anatomy and physiology of the exotic companion species covered will be a helpful, but not necessary, prerequisite for this course.
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:
This course will cover the basic application of pharmacological principles to common exotic companion mammal applications. This will include the selection and use of antibiotics for various organ systems including respiratory disease, dermal disease, conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, and genitourinary tract of different species. Also addressed will be the use of anti-parasiticides both topically and parenterally in a variety of exotic companion mammal species. Next, the course will address pain control in all of the commonly seen exotic companion mammals (ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchilla, and small rodents). The appropriate use of topical preparations in some frequently seen conditions, such as pododermatitis and self mutilation, will be discussed. Lastly, the use of sedatives and anesthetics in order to accomplish minor procedures in these exotic companion mammal species will be covered.

This course consists of six (6) ninety (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.

*To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

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 was one of the first veterinarians to be recognized by the American Board of Veterinary Medicine as an Exotic Companion Mammal specialist. She has been treating small companion mammals since her graduation from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. Dr. Mitchell is contacted by veterinarians worldwide to discuss difficult cases. She is currently the owner of Animal Medical Associates in Saco, Maine; and sees referrals of rodents and other exotics from all over the northeast. In addition to her professional interest in exotic companion mammals, she has owned every species discussed in this class at one time or another!

Nancy Costlow graduated as a Doctor of Pharmacy from Purdue University. At Purdue she developed an avid interest in pharmaceutical compounding and honed these skills with the support of established experts. In 2009 she joined the Roadrunner Pharmacy team and began her journey as a veterinary compounder. Dr. Costlow has the privilege of being one of the traveling speakers for Roadrunner and enjoys collaborating with veterinary professionals from around the country.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session May 7, 2014): Antibiotics in Rabbits, Chinchillas, and Guinea Pigs
Content: Week 2 (Real Time Session May 14, 2014): Antibiotics in Other Species
Content: Week 3 (Real Time Session May 21, 2014): Anti-parasiticides
Content: **** BREAK - May 28, 2014 ****

Week 4 (Real Time Session June 4, 2014): Pain Control
Content: Week 5 (Real Time Session June 11, 2014): Topical Preparations
Content: Week 6 (Real Time Session June 18, 2014): Sedatives for Minor Procedures
Content: CE CREDITS: 9

Tuition: Member $189 ($170 early bird special if enrolled by April 16, 2014)
Non-Member $293 ($264 early bird special if enrolled by April 16, 2014)

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close at 5 pm ET on May 7, 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 Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is approved for 9 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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