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VIN CE Course EXOT407-0313: ECM Review Module 3 - Rodents

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Sandra Mitchell DVM, DABVP ECM, DABVP Feline

COURSE OPEN: March 6-March 30, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Wednesdays, March 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 rodent medicine and surgery.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians. This course has been RACE approved for veterinarians only.

Course Description:
This course is the third 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 rodents.

These presentations will focus heavily on the underlying pathology and physiology associated with the disease processes. This information is very important to obtaining an advanced level knowledge of the conditions. We will, however, extensively discuss the clinical aspects of managing the diseases as well as your cases on the boards throughout the course; so if any clinical questions come to mind, please feel free to bring them up there and they will be addressed in that format.

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 Practitioners as an Exotic Companion Mammal specialist. She has been treating rodents and other small companion mammals since her graduation from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. She is a regular speaker at exotic conferences, and will be presenting two topics at the upcoming Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarian conference in Oakland, CA. Dr. Mitchell is contacted by veterinarians worldwide to discuss difficult cases, and enjoys writing about and presenting interesting cases. She is currently owner of Animal Medical Associates in Saco, Maine; and sees referrals of exotics from all over the northeast. In addition to treating a variety of exotics, she also shares her home with a wide range of animals (currently numbering 28) with species ranging from reptiles to companion mammals to homo sapiens (her husband).

Dr. Thomas M. Donnelly is a New York based veterinarian. He is a Founding Member of The Kenneth S. Warren Institute and provides biomedical research services to biotechnology groups and research institutes primarily in the New York area. Tom received his degrees in veterinary medicine and veterinary pathology from the University of Sydney. He moved to New York in 1981 to study comparative medicine and pathology at The Rockefeller University and became a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine in 1987. He is the author or co-author of over 200 scientific and clinical publications, including four chapters in the book Ferrets, Rabbits and Rodents: Clinical Medicine and Surgery. Tom also enjoys seeing exotic pets. He was a part-time member of the Avian & Exotic Pet Services at AMC from 1997-2000 and in 2007 became Adjunct Faculty at Tufts Veterinary School where he sees patients in the Exotic Pet service. In 2005, Tom was the recipient of the Mike Hutchinson Rat Veterinarian Award. To encourage the development of Exotic Pet Medicine as an evidence-based medicine specialty, Tom is a consultant to Veterinary Information Network (VIN) on the Mammals Small and Exotic Board and was a founding member of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) Certification Committee for the new veterinary specialty of Exotic Companion Mammals (ECM). Tom is allergic to most mammals. Although his veterinary medicine career and allergies collide, he is fortunate in finding the challenges and diversity of working with researchers, laboratory animal science professionals, exotic pets and their often equally unusual owners constantly gratifying.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session March 13, 2013)

Week 2 (Real Time Session March 20, 2013)
Content: CE CREDITS: 4

Tuition: Member $80 ($72 early bird special if enrolled by February 20, 2013)
Non-Member $150 ($135 early bird special if enrolled by February 20, 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.
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*Note: "This course is 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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