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VIN CE Course LAMS103-0817: Backyard Hobby Farm Medicine Basics
The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format.

Enrollment is closed.

Presenters: Jean Feldman, DVM
Stacey Byers, DVM, DACVIM
Ned Gentz, DVM, DACZM
Lisle George, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Course Open: August 30-October 7, 2017
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, September 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2017; 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 presenters 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/technologists, and support staff actively interested in the basics of farm animal medicine.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians, veterinary technicians/technologists, and support staff. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists.

Course Information:
We are seeing more and more people starting to raise farm animal species in backyard hobby type environments. Because of the small numbers of animals involved in the herd, they are often viewed more as pets than as production animals, even though they may be being kept primarily for meat, milk or fleece. When these animals become injured or ill, the owners are turning to their local family veterinarian for assistance, even though many small animal practitioners have very little to no experience with farm animal medicine or with how to treat animals that are being used in food production. This course is intended to help those veterinarians and their technicians become more familiar with diagnosing and treating conditions of farm animals commonly encountered and how to approach those farm calls.

Week 1 (Real Time Session September 6, 2017): Species Overview
Presenter: Jean Feldman, DVM
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 2 (Real Time Session September 13, 2017): Small Ruminants
Presenter: Stacey Byers, MS, DVM, DACVIM
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 3 (Real Time Session September 20, 2017): Small Camelids
Presenter: Ned Gentz, MS, DVM, DACZM
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 4 (Real Time Session September 27, 2017): Pot-Bellied and Small Pigs
Presenter: Lisle George, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to 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.

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 Presenters:
Jean Feldman is a practicing veterinarian living in Western New York State. She started a mobile, large animal veterinary practice in 1985, caring for horses, llamas, cattle, pigs, sheep and goats. Her undergraduate work was done at D'Youville College (BA in Biology) and her DVM degree was conferred by Cornell University.

Stacey Byers is an Assistant Professor in the Livestock Medicine and Surgery department at Colorado State University. She joined the group in 2009 after completing her residency in Agriculture Animal Medicine at Washington State University. Dr. Byers is boarded in Large Animal Internal Medicine. Her Clinical Specialty is Livestock internal medicine and her Research interests include metabolic diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, and neonatology

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.

Lisle George is a professor emeritus in the Department of Medicine and E pidemiology at UC Davis. He serves as a Consultant in the Ruminant and Swine folders on VIN. He is a member of ACVIM and earned his DVM and PhD from Cornell University. He has a broad experience and interests in bovine diseases, internal medicine and all aspects of clinical treatment of food animals. His students consistently ranked Dr. George among their favorite teachers.

Total CE Credit: 8

Tuition: Member $184 ($166 early bird special if enrolled by August 16, 2017)
Non-Member $292 ($263 early bird special if enrolled by August 16, 2017)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on September 6, 2017 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.
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"This program (RACE program number to be determined) has been submitted for approval by AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 8 CE Credits, with a maximum of 8 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian or veterinary technician/technologist. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Scientific, using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance: (Web-based, Teleconference or Audio-Conference). This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements."

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.

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

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