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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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
- Know the major exotic and emerging animal diseases, including the clinical signs
and gross lesions of thse diseases in various species.
- Understand the role of the practitioner and other professionals in diagnosing
and reporting exotic diseases.
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.
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
CE CREDITS: 12
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).
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