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VIN CE Course MULT101-0814: Exotic and Emerging Animal Diseases: Remembering the Zebras
In some of the course Real Time Sessions the lecture will be predominantly audio
while in others the lecture will be predominantly text.

Enrollment is closed.

INSTRUCTOR(S): Jesse Hostetter, DVM, PhD, DACVP; Iowa State University
COURSE OPEN: August 20-October 11, 2014
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Wednesdays, August 27, September 3, 10, 17,24, October 1; 9:00-10:00 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 and veterinary students interested in major exotic and emerging animal diseases.
VIN CE Course: Open to Veterinarians and veterinary students only. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians. The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

Course Description:
Increased international movement of people and animals, and the current geopolitical climate, make incursions of exotic diseases more likely than ever before. The national response to an exotic disease incursion begins with the local practicing veterinarian, who must be able to rapidly recognize the clinical signs and scenarios that are suggestive of various exotic diseases. This course will review the major exotic and emerging animal diseases, emphasizing the clinical signs and gross lesions of these diseases in various species and the role of the practitioner and other professionals. Major emphasis will be placed on including exotic diseases in the differential diagnosis of various clinical presentations and the importance of laboratory support for the diagnosis of both "horses and zebras."

This course consists of six (6) 1-hour Real Time Sessions that will utilize text, video and audio; interactive message board discussions, and a database of information about exotic diseases. There will be a set of Learning Modules and accompanying tests designed to help you learn. Participants will work through a series of learning modules and exercises weekly, and will be required to complete at least one test per week based on these learning modules.

These learning modules were created with funds from the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education,and Extension Service (CSREES), Iowa State University, the University of Georgia, and the University of California, Davis.

Learning modules available: (Each with an accompanying test) Participants are required to complete a minimum of one test per week as part of the requirement for CE credit, in addition to participation during the Real Time Sessions and on the course message boards.

*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.

About the Instructors:
Dr. Hostetter completed his D.V.M, PhD, and residency training in anatomic pathology at Iowa State University. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University; and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. His research interests include mechanisms of intestinal mucosal inflammation with a focus on innate immune responses to intracellular pathogens. Dr. Hostetter is the instructor for veterinary and graduate courses including Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals, Research Ethics, and Systemic Veterinary Pathology.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session August 27)
Content: Overview of exotic animal diseases: global perspectives, potential modes of entry, diagnosis, response and control, role of the practitioner.

Week 2 (Real Time Session September 3)
Content: Exotic diseases of the alimentary tract and endemic differential diagnoses, with special emphasis on vesicular diseases.

Week 3 (Real Time Session September 10)
Content: Exotic systemic diseases and endemic differential diagnoses.

Week 4 (Real Time Session September 17)
Content: Exotic respiratory diseases and endemic differential diagnoses.

Week 5 (Real Time Session September 24)
Content: Exotic neurological diseases and endemic differential diagnoses.

Week 6 (Real Time Session October 1)
Content: Exotic reproductive diseases and endemic differential diagnoses, exotic cutaneous diseases.


Tuition: Member $252 ($227 early bird special if enrolled by August 6, 2014)
Non-Member $374 ($337 early bird special if enrolled by August 6, 2014)

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close at 5 pm ET on August 27th 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 Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is approved for 12 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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