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LAMS209-1011: Equine Dermatology: Pruritus - Crusts - Nodules, lumps & bumps

Patrick Hensel,, DACVD
Susan L. White, DVM, MS, DACVIM
COURSE OPEN: October 9 - November 9, 2011
REAL TIME SESSIONS: Sundays, October 16, 23 and 30; 9:30pm-11:30m 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 your course confirmation email. Expect to spend up to 1 hour at one of the 2-4 practice sessions held prior to the first RTS.

Level and Prerequisites: This course is tailored for large animal and mixed practice veterinarians interested equine dermatology. The participants in this course should have basic general medical knowledge and basic equine anatomy and physiology. The course includes practical approach of various skin diseases based on updated review information, case presentations and practical tips and so should offer something for most participating veterinarians.
VIN CE course: open to veterinarians. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians.

Course Description:
The course is divided in 3 sessions. The first session, "The pruritic horse", will cover ectoparasites and allergies; the second session will concentrate on diseases with "Crusty lesions" caused by microbial infections and immune-mediated diseases; and the third session "Nodules, lumps & bumps" will address conditions such as sarcoids, other neoplasia, and infectious granulomas. Emphasis will be put mainly on case presentations and updates on the management of the various diseases presented during this course.

This course consists of three (3) 2 hour Real Time Sessions; library materials supplementing recommend reading; and interactive message board discussions; and a mandatory end of course quiz (80% score needed) designed to enhance course effectiveness and material retention.

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: Recommended textbook: About the Instructors:
ACVD boarded dermatologist Patrick Hensel received his veterinary degree from University of Bern, Switzerland. He completed a doctorate thesis and rotating internship at the University of Z�rich, Switzerland followed by a veterinary dermatology residency at the University of Georgia. He is currently Associate Professor of Veterinary Dermatology at the University of Georgia appointed for teaching, service and research with a strong interest in Equine Dermatology.

ACVIM boarded large animal internist Susan White received her veterinary degree from University of California, Davis. She completed an internship in equine medicine and surgery at Kansas State University, an internal medicine residency and a Masters degree in veterinary pathology at the University of Georgia. Dr. White currently retired (Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor, Emeritus) from the University of Georgia but continues to provide consultations to private practitioners. She has had a long standing interest in dermatology and has lectured in dermatology at national and international meetings for many years.

Course Outline:
Week 1: (Real Time Session October 16) "The Pruritic Horse"
Required reading: None
Recommend reading:

Content: In this session we will discuss the various rule outs for pruritus with the main focus on ectoparasites/insects with corresponding localization of typical lesions, the different types of allergic conditions, and their management.

Week 2: (Real Time Session October 23): "The Crusty Lesions"
Required reading: None
Recommended reading:

Content: Diagnostic tests will be discussed in regard to technique and specimen selection in relation to cases with various crusty skin diseases. The most common diseases associated with crusting are: dermatophytosis, dermatophilosis, and Pemphigus foliaceus. Treatment options for the covered diseases will be discussed.

Week 3: (Real Time Session October 30): "Nodules, Bumps & Lumps"
Required reading: None
Recommended reading:

Content: Sarcoids is a common problem which will be extensively reviewed with an update on current management protocols. Skin biopsy is a very important tool to rule out other nodular skin diseases. Proper biopsy technique and sample processing will be discussed. Other diseases which will be covered in this session are infectious granuloma (e.g. bacterial, fungal, parasitic), immune-mediated diseases (e.g. urticaria) and other neoplasia


Tuition: Member $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by September 25, 2011).
Non-Member $201 ($181 early bird special if enrolled by September 25, 2011).

** NOTE: To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a weekend, course will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

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  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 has been submitted for approval for 6 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).

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

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