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MULT104-0910: Overview of Selected Shelter Infectious Diseases

Miranda Spindel, DVM, MS
Jan Scarlett, DVM, MPH, Ph.D
Christy Petersen, DVM, Ph.D
Cynda Crawford, DVM, Ph.D
Sandra Newbury, DVM
COURSE OPEN: September 23 - November 4, 2010
REAL TIME SESSIONS: Thursdays, September 30, October 7, 14, 21 and 28; 7:30-9:30pm 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 RTS. Times and dates will be listed in your course confirmation email. Expect to spend up to 1 hour at one of the 2-4 practice sessions held prior to the first RTS.

Level and Prerequisites: Participants in this course should have a basic level of knowledge on shelter medicine and infectious disease management. This course is open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

Course Description:
Keeping populations of animals healthy in animal shelters can be challenging. The objective of this course is to provide veterinarians and technicians with practical and current information about the epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, and management of some common infectious diseases that humane organizations face when caring for homeless animals.

This course consists of five (5) 2 hour Real Time Sessions taught by a different shelter medicine university expert; library materials; interactive message board discussions; and an end of course quiz designed to enhance course effectiveness and material retention.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required textbook: There is no required textbook.

About the Instructors: Dr. Spindel is currently director of Veterinary Outreach at ASPCA and is the President of Association of Shelter Veterinarians. Dr. Scarlett is a professor of epidemiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. Dr. Petersen is an assistant professor, scientist and clinician in the Department of Veterinary pathology at Iowa State University as a member of the global parasitology group. Dr. Crawford is a Maddie's Clinical Assistant Professor of Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Newbury is the National Shelter Medicine Extension Veterinarian for the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program (

Week 1: (Real Time Session September 30): Basic intro/outbreak management (Spindel)

Week 2: (Real Time Session October 7): Feline URI (Scarlett)

Week 3: (Real Time Session October 14): Zoonotic disease (Petersen)

Week 4: (Real Time Session October 21): Canine URI (Crawford)

Week 5: (Real Time Session October 28): Parvo viruses (Newbury)


Tuition: Member $200 ($180 early bird special if enrolled by September 16, 2010).

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

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Note: "This course has been submitted, but not yet approved, for 10 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: 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. (This policy 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/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).

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

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