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MULT101-1010: Exotic and Emerging Animal Diseases: Remembering the Zebras

INSTRUCTOR(S): Jesse Hostetter, DVM, Ph.D, DACVP; Iowa State University

COURSE OPEN: October 6 - November 17, 2010
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Wednesdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3 and 10; 10:00-11:00 PM ET (US)

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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. Times and dates will be listed in the course confirmation email. Expect to spend up to 1 hour at one of the 2-4 practice sessions held prior to the first Real Time Session.

Level and Prerequisites: This course requires a basic level of knowledge on large animal anatomy, physiology and exotic diseases.

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 (6) 1 hour Real Time Sessions, a database of information about exotic diseases, interactive message boards and 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 Session and on the course message boards. Each test is estimated to take 1 hour to complete.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the library prior to the Real Time Sessions. Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Instructor(s):
Dr. Hostetter is an Associate Professor in Veterinary Pathology at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hostetter's research interest is primarily in host-pathogen interaction, specifically between antigen presenting cells and intracellular pathogens. His research group's focus is in atypical mycobacterial infections and the model organism is Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP). Ongoing studies include evaluation of the roles of antigen presenting cells and gamma delta T cells in controlling pathogen proliferation, stimulation of adaptive immune responses, and shaping lesion development. Investigations also include evaluation of MAP infection in promoting persistent intestinal inflammation in the mouse. Studies utilize a wide array of techniques including in vivo and in vitro systems, smart polymers, flow cytometry, laser capture microdissection, Q-RT-PCR, SDS PAGE electrophoresis, and immunofluorescence. Multiple collaborations support these projects and include investigators at Iowa State University, University of Iowa, and the National Animal Disease Center. Dr. Hostetter is also the study pathologist on several studies exploring intestinal inflammation in murine models of colitis in collaboration with the Mucosal Immunology Laboratory at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Course Outline:

Week 1 (Real Time Session October 6): Overview
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 13): Alimentary Tract
Content: Exotic diseases of the alimentary tract and endemic differential diagnoses, with special emphasis on vesicular diseases

Week 3 (Real Time Session October 20): Systemic Diseases
Content: Exotic systemic diseases and endemic differential diagnoses

Week 4 (Real Time Session October 27): Respiratory Diseases
Content: Exotic respiratory diseases and endemic differential diagnoses

Week 5 (Real Time Session November 3): Neurological Diseases
Content: Exotic neurological diseases and endemic differential diagnoses

Week 6 (Real Time Session November 10): Reproductive and Cutaneous Diseases
Content: Exotic reproductive diseases and endemic differential diagnoses, exotic cutaneous diseases


TUITION: Member/$240 ($216 early bird special if enrolled by September 22, 2010).
Non-Member $356 ($320 early bird special if enrolled by September 22, 2010).

*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 on how online CE works see the Participant Resources Center.


*Note: "This course has been submitted for approval for 8 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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