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VIN CE Course MULT105-0513: How to Help Your Local Shelter - Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters

This course has been cancelled.

Lila Miller, DVM
Miranda Spindel, DVM, MS
Kathleen Makolinski, DVM
Stephanie Janeczko, DVM, MS, DABVP
Sandra Newbury, DVM

COURSE OPEN: May 22-July 6, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Wednesdays, May 29, June 5, 12, 19 and 26, 7:30-9:00 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 and veterinary technicians interested in playing a direct role in improving their community's animal shelter and/or shelter animal health and well being. The course is primarily aimed at those with minimal shelter experience but all interested are encouraged to enroll.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary support staff. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

Course Description:
Shelter animal health and welfare will improve if more veterinarians and technicians are trained and comfortable providing constructive feedback to shelters that can be implemented regarding health care practices. There is currently only a small pool of qualified veterinarians called upon to perform these evaluations. Recently, the Association of Shelter Veterinarians published Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animals Shelters - a document intended for anyone wishing to help shelters meet the needs of and improve the lives of sheltered companion animals. It is anticipated that more shelters may want such assistance now that standards of care are defined. This course is intended to help veterinarians and technicians, who may not have an extensive background in shelter medicine but are interested in being of assistance in their communities, become more familiar with current best practice interventions.

This course consists of five (5) 1.5 hour Real Time Session, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, a mandatory end-of-course test, and may include online multiple choice quizzes (after each Real Time Session). Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course.

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.

Recommended Textbook(s): A list of recommended resources will be supplied in the course library.

About the Instructors:
Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session May 29):
Instructor(s): Dr. Lila Miller
Content: Introduction to the Association of Shelter Veterinarian's Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters

Week 2 (Real Time Session June 5):
Instructor(s): Dr. Miranda Spindel
Content: How to Help - Shelter Assessing Based on the Guidelines

Week 3 (Real Time Session June 12):
Instructor(s): Dr. Kathleen Makolinski
Content: How to Help - Spay/Neuter Guidelines

Week 4 (Real Time Session June 19):
Instructor(s): Dr. Sandra Newbury
Content: How to Help - Population Management

Week 5 (Real Time Session June 26):
Instructor(s): Dr. Stephanie Janeczko
Content: How to Help - Physical and Mental Well-Being


Tuition: Member $150 ($135 early bird special if enrolled by May 15, 2013)
Non-Member $240 ($216 early bird special if enrolled by May 15, 2013)

*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 7.5 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 VIN Course Catalog.

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

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