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MULT101-0912: Exotic and Emerging Animal Diseases: Remembering the Zebras

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INSTRUCTOR(S): Jesse Hostetter, DVM, Ph.D, DACVP; Iowa State University
COURSE OPEN: September 26-November 24, 2012
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Wednesdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14; 10:00-11:00 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.

*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 with an interest in major exotic and emerging animal diseases.

VIN CE Course: Veterinarians and veterinary students only. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians.

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 which will use text, video and audio (used for portions of Q&A); message boards and a database of information about exotic diseases. There will be a set of Overview tests, Scenario tests and Infectious Inquiries designed to help you learn.

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.

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.
A list of Recommended Resources will be supplied in the course library.

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 October 3):
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 October 10):
Content: Exotic diseases of the alimentary tract and endemic differential diagnoses, with special emphasis on vesicular diseases.

Week 3 (Real Time Session October 17):
Content: Exotic systemic diseases and endemic differential diagnoses.

Week 4 (Real Time Session October 24):
Content: Exotic respiratory diseases and endemic differential diagnoses.

Break October 31

Week 5 (Real Time Session November 7):
Content: Exotic neurological diseases and endemic differential diagnoses.

Week 6 (Real Time Session November 14):
Content: Exotic reproductive diseases and endemic differential diagnoses, exotic cutaneous diseases.


Tuition: Member $240 ($216 early bird special if enrolled by September 12, 2012).
Non-Member $356 ($320 early bird special if enrolled by September 12, 2012).

*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 enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.


  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 is submitted for approval 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 Course Catalog at

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

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