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EXOT603-0811: Introduction to Sugar Gliders

Geoff Pye, BVSc, MSc, DACZM and David Brust, DVM
COURSE OPEN: August 2 - September 9, 2011
REAL TIME SESSIONS: Tuesdays, August 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2011; 8:00pm-10:00pm 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 RTS. Times and dates will be listed in the course confirmation email . Expect to spend 30-45 minutes at one of the 2 or 3 sessions prior to the first RTS.

Level and Prerequisites: Participants in this course should be well versed in basic veterinary medicine and happy to extrapolate across species; this course is geared toward anyone with an interest in sugar gliders. This course is open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

Course Description:
Sugar gliders are popular pets and client expectations are growing. This course is designed to provide you with knowledge on both medicine and surgery of sugar gliders that will give your clients confidence in your ability to look after their precious pets.

This course consists of four (4) 2 hour Real Time Sessions, which will use text, video and audio (used for portions of Q&A); library materials; interactive message board discussions; and an end of course quiz (80% minimum score required) designed to enhance course effectiveness and material retention.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should:

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required textbook:
Recommended textbook:

About the Instructor: Dr. Geoff Pye is a VIN consultant for the Small Mammal / Exotics Message Boards and a senior veterinarian at San Diego Zoo. He is the author of several publications on sugar gliders and has a keen interest in all marsupials. Dr. David Brust is the founding father of the Association of Sugar Glider Veterinarians ( and the author of "Sugar Gliders: A complete veterinary guide". His sugar glider patients number in the thousands.

Course Outline:
Week 1: (Real Time Session August 9): Taxonomy, anatomy and husbandry
Instructors: Geoff Pye, BVSc, MSc, DACZM and David Brust, DVM
Required reading: None
Content: Week 1 will cover taxonomy and natural history, and husbandry including housing and diet, anatomy and physiology of sugar gliders.

Week 2: (Real Time Session August 16): Physical exam, sample collection and imaging
Instructors: Geoff Pye, BVSc, MSc, DACZM and David Brust, DVM
Required reading: None
Content: Week 2 will cover physical examination, restraint (both manual and chemical), sample collection (blood, urine, etc.), clinical pathology, and diagnostic imaging.

Week 3: (Real Time Session August 23): Diseases
Instructors: Geoff Pye, BVSc, MSc, DACZM and David Brust, DVM
Required reading: None
Content: Week 3 will cover parasitic, bacterial, fungal, viral and neoplastic diseases.

Week 4: (Real Time Session August 30): Non-infectious diseases, surgery, dentistry and hand-raising
Instructors: Geoff Pye, BVSc, MSc, DACZM and David Brust, DVM
Required reading: None
Content: Week 4 will cover non-infectious diseases, surgery, dentistry, hand-raising young and associated diseases, preventive medicine, and necropsy.


Tuition: Member $160 ($144 early bird special if enrolled by July 19, 2011).

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Note: "This course has been approved for 8 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: Withdrawal prior to the listed start date of a course entitles the registrant to a complete refund or a credit toward a future VIN CE course, whichever is preferred. Withdrawal within 1 week after the listed start date (i.e. including no more than one real-time session) entitles the registrant to a credit toward any future VIN CE course. (This policy does not apply to courses with only one real-time session.) After the first real-time session, a registrant may withdraw due to special circumstances and receive prorated credit towards a future VIN course. These requests will be handled on an individual basis. The amount of the prorated credit will be determined based on 65% of the time remaining in the course at the time of withdrawal. It is not possible to withdraw retroactively.
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).

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