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VIN CE Course MULT109-0814: Science of Old Age
Not all that Glitters is Gold: The science of old age, the art of death, the stigma of euthanasia, and getting past compassion fatigue.
The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly audio format.
Please come prepared to listen.

Enrollment is closed.

Instructor(s): Mary Gardner, DVM and Dani McVety, DVM
Course Open: August 27-September 20, 2014
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, September 3 and 10, 2014; 9:30-11:30 pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter

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 intermediate course will be open to veterinarians interested in hospice and end-of-life care. It is recommended for those already offering animal hospice services.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians. The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

Course Description:
Although all veterinarians agree that old age is not a disease - it is a common reason why many families decide to euthanize a pet. Many pet owners will not seek out an actual diagnosis but the myriad of ailments fall under the excuse of "old age." Understanding how the body changes as an animal ages is important so that we can educate owners and treat pets appropriately. Doing so earlier in the pet's life may allow for a longer quality of life and prevent premature euthanasias.

Most owners do not want to make the decision to euthanize their pet - they would prefer to have their pet "die naturally." But what exactly happens to the body as it starts the dying process and what happens after cardiac cessation? What are the physical manifestations of death that can occur? If owners do elect euthanasia - it is vital that the entire staff handles it perfectly. The euthanasia appointment is unparalleled in emotion and sentiment. There are few things in veterinary medicine, or life moreover, that require as many outward displays of empathy, compassion, and commiseration from a doctor. The tone of voice, delivery of words, bedside manner with both patient and client, and the medical procedure itself become a delicate dance around death that doctor and staff should carefully choreograph and continually improve.

This course consists of two (2) 2-hour Real Time Sessions, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory end-of-course test. Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course.

To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

*The lecture portion of this course will be an audio presentation, please be prepared to listen.

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.

About the Instructors:
Dr. Mary Gardner is a University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine graduate who now resides in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Gardner is the co-founder of Lap of LoveTM Veterinary Hospice. With over 60 veterinarians around the country, they are the nation's largest network of doctors that dedicate their practice to veterinary hospice and end-of-life care. Dr. Gardner's passion is geriatric pet care and empowering owners to assess quality of life to help guide them in important decisions. Dr. Gardner and Lap of LoveTM have been featured in Entrepreneur® magazine, The Doctors® television program, various veterinary trade publications, the Huffington Post®, the Associated Press® and on the cover of the New York Times® in November 2013. She speaks internationally on hospice and euthanasia, internet business marketing, and finding your passion in veterinary medicine.

With a deep love for the human-animal bond, Dr. Dani McVety found her calling while volunteering with human hospice in college. She wanted to bring the same passion for life and respect for death that hospice upholds into her profession. Together with her friend and classmate, Dr. Mary Gardner, Dr. McVety co-founded Lap of LoveTM Veterinary Hospice, one of the most unique businesses in the veterinary industry. Lap of LoveTM now partners with over 60 of the most compassionate doctors bringing in-home end of life veterinary care to families around the country. Dr. McVety frequently writes and speaks for professional and lay audiences in hopes of empowering both parties to seek the highest standards of care. Dr. McVety and Lap of LoveTM have been featured on numerous local, national, and professional media outlets including the Associated Press®, The New York Times®, Washington Post®, Entrepreneur Magazine®, Huffington Post®, and many more. She proudly graduated from the University of Florida - College of Veterinary Medicine and is the youngest recipient of the college's Distinguished Young Alumni Award (2013).

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session September 3, 2014): Old Age, Death, and Euthanasia
Instructor(s): Mary Gardner, DVM

Week 2 (Real Time Session September 10, 2014): The Stigma of Euthanasia and Compassion Fatigue
Instructor(s): Dani McVety, DVM
Content: CE Credits: 4

Tuition: Member $84 ($76 early bird special if enrolled by August 20, 2014)
Non-Member $157 ($141 early bird special if enrolled by August 20, 2014)

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close at 5 pm ET on September 3, 2014 or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
Enrollment is closed.
  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 Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is submitted for approval for 4 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.

The CE team:

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

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