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VIN CE Course EXOT800-0214: Basic Captive Marine Mammal Husbandry, Physiology, and Medicine

Enrollment is closed.

INSTRUCTOR(S): Laurie J. Gage, DVM, Dipl. ACZM
COURSE OPEN: February 23-March 19, 2014
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Sundays, March 2, March 9; 8:00-10:00 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 instructors 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, veterinary technicians, and veterinary staff actively interested in basic pinniped and cetacean husbandry and medicine.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary staff. This course has been approved by RACE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

Course Description:
This course will be an overview of basic husbandry and medicine of the commonly maintained captive marine mammals such as California sea lions and bottlenose dolphins.

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.

*The lecture portion of this course will be an audio presentation, please be prepared to listen.

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.
Recommended Textbook(s): About the Instructors:
Dr. Laurie Gage is the Big Cat and Marine Mammal Specialist for the USDA. She is board certified with the American College of Zoological Medicine and spent 23 years in practice as the Director of Veterinary Services at both The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA and Marine World Africa USA/ Six Flags Marine World in Vallejo, California.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session March 2, 2014): Husbandry and Physiology
Content: Basic Physiology of cetaceans and pinnipeds necessary to understanding their medical issues and housing issues. The basic husbandry section will include water quality, life support systems, fish handling, and nutrition. Hand rearing pinnipeds will also be discussed.

Week 2 (Real Time Session March 9, 2014): Medicine and Physiology
Content: Common medical problems seen in captive pinnipeds and cetaceans, diseases, ocular problems, geriatric issues, neoplasia, diagnostics, and basic clinical pathology.


Tuition: Member $80 ($72 early bird special if enrolled by February 9, 2014)
Non-Member $150 ($135 early bird special if enrolled by February 9, 2014)

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close at 5 pm ET March 2, 2014 or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

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 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email (VIN CE) or (VSPN CE) Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is submitted for approval 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.

The CE team:

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

VIN CE Services:
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 797
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01452226154

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