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VIN CE Course LAMS101-0315: Llamas and Alpacas - Medicine and Surgery
The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly text format.

Enrollment is closed.

Instructor(s): Ned Gentz, DVM, MS, DACZM and Ellen Wiedner, VMD, DACVIM (LAIM)
Course Open: March 4-April 11, 2015
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, March 11, 18, 25 and April 1, 2015; 9:30-11:30 pm 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 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 basic course will be open to veterinarians actively interested in llama and alpaca medicine and surgery.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians. The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

Course Description:
Although not the cash cows they once were, llamas and alpacas remain popular companion animals. They are shown and are also used for packing. And although they tend to be lumped in with other small ruminants (which they are not), their biology and medicine are unique. This course is designed to make veterinarians confident in their dealings with llama and alpaca patients, and their owners. The instructors will also include a brief introduction to camel medicine

This course consists of four (4) 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.

To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

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): Remember to login in order to get your VIN membership discount.

About the Instructors:
Ned Gentz received his veterinary degree from Colorado State University and completed an internship in zoo, wildlife, and exotic animal medicine at Kansas State University. Dr. Gentz serves as a Consultant in the Avian, Small/Exotic Mammals, Reptile/Amphibian and Ruminants folders on VIN. He was formerly Staff Veterinarian at Rio Grande Zoo in Albuquerque, Director of Veterinary Services at the Wildlife Center of Virginia, and Clinical Instructor of Exotic Animal Medicine and Wildlife Health at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Ellen Wiedner received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wiedner completed an internship at Cornell University and a large animal internal medicine residency at Purdue University. She was the Director of Veterinary Care for Ringling Bros. and Barnum &amo; Bailey from 2004 to 2011. Recently, she was on the clinical faculty in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine at the University of Florida - College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a Consultant on the Equine and Ruminant folders on the VIN message boards.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session March 11, 2015)
Content: Week 2 (Real Time Session March 18, 2015)
Content: Week 3 (Real Time Session March 24, 2015)
Content: Week 4 (Real Time Session April 1, 2015)
Content: CE Credits: 8

Tuition: Member $160 ($144 early bird special if enrolled by February 18, 2015)
Non-Member $253 ($228 early bird special if enrolled by February 18, 2015)

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on March 11, 2015 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
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 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is submitted for approval 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 VIN CE at 800-846-0028 ext. 797 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 office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 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 office at 800-846-0028 ext. 797.

*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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