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VIN CE Course EXOT406-0213: ECM Review Module 2 - Ferrets

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Sandra Mitchell DVM, DABVP ECM, DABVP Feline
Matti Kiupel BS, MS, PhD, DACVP, Dr. Med. Vet. Habil.

COURSE OPEN: February 6-March 2, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Wednesdays, February 13 and 20; 8:00-10:00 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 advanced course will be open to veterinarians actively interested in advanced topics in ferret medicine and surgery.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians. This course has been RACE approved for veterinarians only.

Course Description:
This course is the second of four modules in the ECM (Exotic Companion Mammal) Review series. Each course focuses on specific exotic companion mammal species, covering the medicine and disease presentations common to that species. The focus of this course is ferrets.

The course can be used as a portion of the preparation for the ABVP Exotic Companion Mammal examination, but it is not designed as a test-preparation course. The instructors do not have access to the examination questions. Also, material in this course may be more current than that in the examination. However it will allow those preparing for the examination to work systematically through different topics, accomplishing a broad review. The emphasis will be on pathophysiology, serving as a foundation for good case management.

This course consists of two (2) 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.

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:
Dr. 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 ferrets and other small companion mammals since her graduation from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. She has served on the board of directors as a health consultant for both the American Ferret Association and the International Ferret Congress; and has been a featured speaker at veterinary conferences sponsored by both groups. 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 ferrets and other exotics from all over the northeast. In addition to her professional interest in ferrets, she shares her home with 14 ferrets!

Dr. Matti Kiupel is a board certified veterinary pathologist with extensive experience in tumor pathology and viral pathogenesis. He is Professor at Michigan State University and Section Chief of Anatomic Pathology at the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health. Dr. Kiupel has a special interest in ferret medicine since his discovery of a novel coronavirus as the cause of diarrhea in ferrets. He has been on the forefront of the discovery of a number of recently recognized ferret diseases such as enteric and systemic coronavirus infections, disseminated idiopathic myofascitis, mycoplasmosis and rotavirus infections. Over the last years he has also worked on ferret adrenal carcinomas, Aleutian disease and enteric coccidiosis and maintains a web page dedicated to ferret health advancement ( For his contribution to advance our understanding of ferret diseases, Dr. Kiupel was recognized in 2011 by the American Ferret Association with the Research Achievement Award. Dr. Kiupel is an internationally renowned speaker and has won numerous lecturer awards and authored close to 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session February 13, 2013): Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases
Content: Week 2 (Real Time Session February 20, 2013): Ferret Neoplastic Diseases
Content: CE CREDITS: 4

Tuition: Member $80 ($72 early bird special if enrolled by January 23, 2013)
Non-Member $150 ($135 early bird special if enrolled by January 23, 2013)

Special Discount:
Register for all 4 courses in the ECM Review series by January 9, 2013 and you will receive a discounted tuition rate of Member/$272, Non-Member/$510.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a weekend, course enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

  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.
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*Note: "This course is RACE approved for 4 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.

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

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