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VIN CE Course EXOT320-1017: Avian Cardiology
The lectures for this course will be presented in a text format.

Enrollment is closed.

Presenters: Brenna Fitzgerald, DVM, Dip ABVP (avian practice) and Brian Speer, DVM, Dip ABVP (avian practice), Dip ECZM (avian)
Course Open: October 25-December 2, 2017
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, November 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2017; 9:00-10:00 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.

Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course will be open to veterinarians actively interested in avian cardiology. Participants are expected to have some basic knowledge of avian medicine.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 22-30743)

Course Information:
Cardiovascular disease has traditionally been thought to be a rare occurrence in companion birds, but a growing body of evidence collected over the last few decades indicates otherwise. It is frequently encountered in practice and poses a serious threat to the quality of life and longevity of many avian species. Successful intervention requires a foundational understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, recognition of clinical disease states and awareness of risk factors, accurate and timely diagnosis, and innovative treatment approaches incorporating both available information specific to birds and components of therapy in human and small animal cardiovascular medicine. This course reviews avian cardiovascular anatomy, recognized disease states and their pathophysiology, and current diagnostic options and treatment approaches.

Week 1 (Real Time Session November 1, 2017): Avian Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology
Presenters: Brenna Fitzgerald and Brian Speer
Format: Text
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 2 (Real Time Session November 8, 2017): Clinical Cardiovascular Disease States
Presenters: Brenna Fitzgerald and Brian Speer
Format: Text
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 3 (Real Time Session November 15, 2017): Cardiovascular Disease Diagnostics
Presenters: Brenna Fitzgerald and Brian Speer
Format: Text
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 4 (Real Time Session November 22, 2017): Managing Cardiovascular Disease in Birds
Presenters: Brenna Fitzgerald and Brian Speer
Format: Text
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(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Presenters:
Brian Speer was raised in a small town in California's central coast area. He received his baccalaureate of science degree in biological sciences with a concentration in zoology from California Polytechnic State University in 1978, and his DVM degree from the University of California at Davis in 1983. Since 1989, he has limited his practice in the San Francisco Bay area to include exclusively bird species, where his patients include companion and aviary birds, breeding bird collections, zoological display collections, and performing animals. Brian received his board specialty status through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in February 1996, and was certified in the European College of Avian Medicine and Surgery in 1999.

Brenna Fitzgerald is a 2007 graduate of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas in 2001. Prior to joining the Medical Center for Birds, she worked as an associate veterinarian in a private, multi-doctor practice in Dallas, Texas, where she practiced small animal, avian, and exotic animal medicine. Brenna also contributed to a research project at the Gastrointestinal Laboratory, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas A&M University, where she developed a working knowledge of laboratory methods. Dr. Fitzgerald received her ABVP diplomacy with a specialty in avian medicine in 2012.

Total CE Credit: 4

Tuition: Member $92 ($83 early bird special if enrolled by October 11, 2017)
Non-Member $169 ($152 early bird special if enrolled by October 11, 2017)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on November 1, 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 (22-30743) is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 4 CE Credits, with a maximum of 4 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian. 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.

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

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

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