Enrollment is closed.
INSTRUCTOR(S): Laurie J. Gage, DVM, Dipl. ACZM
EXOT800-0214: Basic Captive Marine Mammal Husbandry, Physiology, and Medicine
February 23-March 19, 2014
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS):
Sundays, March 2, March 9; 8:00-10:00 pm ET (USA)
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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.
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*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:
course will be open to
veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary staff
actively interested in basic pinniped and cetacean husbandry and medicine.
VIN CE Course:
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.
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
- understand basic husbandry issues of marine mammals
such as proper housing, life support systems and nutrition.
- recognize the common diseases of captive marine mammals.
- understand the basic physiology of pinnipeds and cetaceans.
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. Laurie Gage
- Dierauf LA, Gulland F.
CRC Handbook of Marine Mammal Medicine,
2 edition. CRC Press (2001).
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.
(Real Time Session March 2, 2014):
Husbandry and Physiology
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.
(Real Time Session March 9, 2014):
Medicine and Physiology
Common medical problems seen in captive pinnipeds and
cetaceans, diseases, ocular problems, geriatric issues,
neoplasia, diagnostics, and basic clinical pathology.
CE CREDITS: 4
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.
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Participant Resource Center
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*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
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restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education."
Call VSPN/VIN CE at 1-800-700-4636 for further information.
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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)
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*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: CEonVIN@vin.com
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