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MULT101-1009: Exotic and Emerging Animal Diseases: Remembering the Zebras

Jesse Hostetter, DVM, Ph.D, DACVP; Iowa State University

October 7 - November 18, 2009
Interactive sessions: Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4 and 11; 10:00 - 11:00 PM ET (USA)


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 includes six weekly one-hour real-time sessions, 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 of these tests 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.

Course Outline:

Week 1 (October 7): Overview of exotic animal diseases: global perspectives, potential modes of entry, diagnosis, response and control, role of the practitioner

Week 2 (October 14): Exotic diseases of the alimentary tract and endemic differential diagnoses, with special emphasis on vesicular diseases

Week 3 (October 21): Exotic systemic diseases and endemic differential diagnoses

Week 4 (October 28): Exotic respiratory diseases and endemic differential diagnoses

Week 5 (November 4): Exotic neurological diseases and endemic differential diagnoses

Week 6 (November 11): Exotic reproductive diseases and endemic differential diagnoses, exotic cutaneous diseases

Discussions will begin on the start date of the course and will continue for 7 days following the last real time session.

CE HOURS: 12 CE Credits

Member/$216, Non-Member/$315 by September 23, 2009;
Member/$240, Non-Member/$350 after September 23, 2009.

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"This course has been approved for 12 hours of continuing education credit 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 at 1-800-700-4636 for further information."

COURSE WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY: Withdrawal prior to the listed start date of a course entitles the registrant to a complete refund or a credit toward a future VIN CE course, whichever is preferred. Withdrawal within 1 week after the listed start date (i.e. including no more than one real-time session) entitles the registrant to a credit toward any future VIN CE course. (Does not apply to courses with only one real-time session.) After the first real-time session, a registrant may withdraw due to special circumstances and receive prorated credit towards a future VIN course. These requests will be handled on an individual basis. The amount of the prorated credit will be determined based on 65% of the time remaining in the course at the time of withdrawal. It is not possible to withdraw retroactively.

Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 1-800-700-INFO.

Debbie Friedler
Continual Education Division
Veterinary Information Network


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