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VIN CE Course EXOT102-0417: Arthropods and Veterinary Medicine
The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format.

Enrollment is closed.

Presenter: Ken Harkewicz, VMD
Course Open: April 25-June 9, 2017
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2017; 9:30-11:30 pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter

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 presenter 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/technologists actively interested in the supportive medical treatment of arachnids, millipedes, and centipedes. No previous invertebrate handling or experience is necessary.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. (RACE 22-28841)

Course Information:
This course is designed to provide basic information on arachnids and selected invertebrates. We will cover basic arachnid, millipede, and centipede biology, anatomy, husbandry specifics, breeding and raising of young, and common diseases and treatments you may see in private practice or breeding facilities.

Week 1 (Real Time Session May 2, 2017): Basics for Examining Arthropod Pets
Presenter: Ken Harekwicz, VMD
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 2 (Real Time Session May 9, 2017): Tarantulas and Spiders
Presenter: Ken Harekwicz, VMD
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 3 (Real Time Session May 16, 2017): Scorpions, Centipedes, and Millipedes
Presenter: Ken Harekwicz, VMD
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 4 (Real Time Session May 23, 2017): Basics of Arthropod Husbandry
Presenter: Ken Harekwicz, VMD
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 5 (Real Time Session May 30, 2017): Selected Husbandry Problems, Diseases, and Treatments in Arthropods
Presenter: Ken Harekwicz, VMD
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to 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: There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Presenter:
Kenneth Harkewicz attended the University of Pennsylvania�s School of Veterinary Medicine and upon graduating, entered a 20-month exotic animal externship in Australia (Queensland and the Northern Territories). He is an exotic animal veterinarian who has practiced in the California Bay Area since 1985. For the past 20 years, he has been the Senior Exotic Veterinarian at Berkeley Dog and Cat Hospital, a 19-vet specialty and general practice hospital, where he is often called upon to care for or consult on arthropod, amphibian, and reptile cases.
Dr. Harkewicz has served as a VIN (Veterinary Information Network) Consultant on invertebrates from 1999 to present.
He oversees the health of the entire collection of exotic animals (including spiders, centipedes, and millipedes) for the East Bay Vivarium, Wonder World Pet Supply in Richmond, California � a major importer/exporter of these pets. He is the one of the few California Bay Area veterinarians who treats and examines invertebrate pets.
Dr. Harkewicz cares for an extensive collection of reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates both at home and at work. He has been keeping and breeding these exotic pets for over 40 years and is a frequent lecturer to veterinary students, technicians, and media outlets (TV, newspapers, magazines).

Total CE Credit: 10

Tuition: Member $230 ($207 early bird special if enrolled by April 11, 2017)
Non-Member $355 ($319 early bird special if enrolled by April 11, 2017)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on May 2, 2017 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.

To Enroll:
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 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
"This program (RACE 22-28841) is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 10 CE Credits, with a maximum of 10 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian or veterinary technician/technologist. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Scientific, using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance: (Web-based, Teleconference or Audio-Conference). This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements."

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.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 800-846-0028 ext. 797.

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

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

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