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VIN MULT207-1022: Pathologic Basis of Disease

The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a webinar platform.

Presenters: Scott D. Reed, DVM, PhD, DABVP, DACVP
Marike Visser, DVM, PhD, DACVCP
Sarah Abood, DVM, PhD
Julie Churchill, DVM, PhD, DACVN
Beth Davidow, DVM, DAVECC
Sharon Gwaltney-Brant, DVM, PhD
Robert M. Gogal Jr., DVM
Lauren Baker, MS, DVM, PhD
Course Open: October 27, 2022-January 29, 2023
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Thursdays, November 3, 10, 17, December 1, 8, 15, 2022, January 5, 12, and 19, 2023; 9:00-11:00 pm ET (USA) World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 18
RACE Category: 18 hours Medical


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Tuition: Member $414 ($373 early bird special if enrolled by October 13, 2022)
Non-Member $584 ($526 early bird special if enrolled by October 13, 2022)
Prices are listed in US dollars.


*Enroll in 3 or more ABVP™ courses on the same day and receive a 15% discount off the regular price (not the early bird price).
  • MULT207-1022: Pathological Basis of Disease
  • MULT208-0223: Principles of Medicine
  • MULT209-0423: Systems A: Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP™ Core Examination Review
  • MULT210-0723: Systems B: Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP™ Core Examination Review
  • MULT211-1023: Systems C: Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP™ Core Examination Review
  • MULT212-0224: Systems D: Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP™ Core Examination Review
  • MULT221-0524: Systems E: Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP™ Core Examination Review


Course Information:
The first of seven modules in the Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP™ Examination review series, this course is designed to cover the pathophysiological basis of disease in small animals based on pathophysiological and discipline-specific concepts. Clinical examples will be used to illustrate these concepts.

It is tour through some aspects of "DAMNITV" in preparation for future modules (which cover diagnosis and a more traditional specialty/body system-based review). Clinical examples will be used to illustrate these concepts; however the focus is on pathophysiology and also on review of certain discipline-specific material, such as pharmacology, that would not otherwise be covered systematically in the later body-system review-based modules.

The Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP™ Examination Review series of courses may be used as a comprehensive review for the ABVP™ examination for small animals. This series of courses repeats every other year. Individual instructors may change some of their material year-to-year, but much of the core content is repeated.

It should be noted that these courses are not designed specifically as a preparation for test taking. The instructors do not have access to information on the question types. Furthermore, the questions used on the examination may be a few years behind the current knowledge and practice, whereas the course will strive to be more current. We recommend using the course to
  1. keep progressing through the topics so all topics will have been studied prior to the exam and
  2. provide participants with feedback on their strongest and weakest topics to guide their individual exam specific preparations.


Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
  • better understand the acute inflammatory response.
  • better understand chronic inflammation and the outcome of inflammation.
  • understand the role of pathologic calcification.
  • understand the cell cycle and its relevance to clinic oncology.
  • understand the role of signals for cell growth and differentiation.
  • better understand senescence, apoptosis, and relevance in cancer biology.
  • better understand tumor heterogeneity and resistance to therapy.
  • understand the factors that influence toxicity.
  • understand toxicokinetics, toxicodynamics and organ system toxicology.
  • understand dose response.
  • define the clinical syndrome known as "shock" in small animal veterinary patients.
  • recognize clinical signs of shock in dogs and cats.
  • differentiate between shock syndromes in dogs versus cats.
  • develop skills to manage shock in both species.
  • define the pharmacokinetic principles from a clinical/case-based perspective.
  • discuss adverse drug reactions and drug-drug interactions.
  • assess critical factors and build appropriate dietary recommendations.
  • apply practical approaches to using therapeutic diets for clinical cases.
  • take appropriate measures when dealing with suspected pet food recalls.
  • define the difference between the genetic basis of Mendelian vs complex genetic disorders.
  • understand how genetic tests are interpreted.
  • understand the role of genetic counseling.
  • understand the purpose of "Mutt" tests and parentage testing.
  • explain the clinical consequences associated with optimal immune response versus dysregulated immune response.
  • explain the mechanisms that mediate the 4 hypersensitivities and clinical signs of each.
  • explain the differences between primary and secondary immunodeficiency disorders.
  • explain the rationale for vaccine development.
  • define the meaning of "protection" as it relates to vaccines.
  • explain the different forms of vaccines including their advantages and disadvantages.
  • understand the origins of vaccines and laws regarding the use of vaccines, both at the federal and state level.
  • explain and defend the recommended vaccination protocols.
  • discuss alternate strategies to vaccines.


Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate level VIN CE course is open for enrollment to veterinarians interested in pathophysiological basis of disease in small animals based on pathophysiological and discipline-specific concepts.
The first 2 modules of the Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP™ series, MULT207-1022: Pathological Basis of Disease and MULT208-0223: Principles of Medicine are designed to prepare the participant for the organ system-based modules, Systems A-E. These two courses are recommended (not required) prerequisites for the ABVP™ Systems A-E courses.
Accreditation: This course is approved for 18 hours of continuing education credit by RACE for veterinarians . (RACE 20-926070)


Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session November 3, 2022): Cell Injury and Repair/Death, Inflammation, and Modulators
Presenter: Scott D. Reed, DVM, PhD, DABVP, DACVP

Week 2 (Real Time Session November 10, 2022): Cell Growth and Differentiation - Normal and Neoplastic
Presenter: Scott D. Reed, DVM, PhD, DABVP, DACVP

Week 3 (Real Time Session November 17, 2022): Principles of Pharmacology
Presenter: Marike Visser, DVM, PhD, DACVCP

**** BREAK - November 24, 2022 ****

Week 4 (Real Time Session December 1, 2022): Shock
Presenter: Beth Davidow, DVM, DAVECC

Week 5 (Real Time Session December 8, 2022): Nutrition
Presenters: Sarah Abood, DVM, PhD and Julie Churchill, DVM, PhD, DACVN

Week 6 (Real Time Session December 15, 2022): Principles of Toxicology
Presenter: Sharon Gwaltney-Brant, DVM, PhD

**** BREAK - December 22 and 29, 2022 ****

Week 7 (Real Time Session January 5, 2023): Immunology
Presenter: Robert M. Gogal Jr., DVM

Week 8 (Real Time Session January 12, 2023): Genetic Diseases
Presenter: Lauren Baker, MS, DVM, PhD

Week 9 (Real Time Session January 19, 2023): Veterinary Vaccines
Presenter: Robert M. Gogal Jr., DVM


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.

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.


Enroll Now  

Tuition: Member $414 ($373 early bird special if enrolled by October 13, 2022)
Non-Member $584 ($526 early bird special if enrolled by October 13, 2022)
Prices are listed in US dollars.


*Enroll in 3 or more ABVP™ courses on the same day and receive a 15% discount off the regular price (not the early bird price).
  • MULT207-1022: Pathological Basis of Disease
  • MULT208-0223: Principles of Medicine
  • MULT209-0423: Systems A: Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP™ Core Examination Review
  • MULT210-0723: Systems B: Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP™ Core Examination Review
  • MULT211-1023: Systems C: Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP™ Core Examination Review
  • MULT212-0224: Systems D: Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP™ Core Examination Review
  • MULT221-0524: Systems E: Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP™ Core Examination Review


*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on November 3, 2022 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.


Enrollment qualifications:
  1. VIN CE Courses:
    1. VIN CE courses are open to VIN member, VIN student member, and non-member veterinarians.
    2. Veterinary support staff must be VSPN members in order to enroll in a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. VSPN CE Courses:
    1. VSPN CE courses are open to veterinary support staff and veterinarians.
    2. Only VIN and VSPN members can enroll in a VSPN CE course.
    3. Veterinarians will only receive credit for those VSPN CE courses that specify in the Accreditation statement that the course is accredited for veterinarians.
  3. Please check the course Level and Prerequisites, Accreditation, and Tuition before enrolling.
  4. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org and @vin.com addresses.
    1. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  5. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email CEonVIN@vin.com. Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.


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 office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

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

VIN CE Services: CEonVIN@vin.com
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 797
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or direct line to VIN/VSPN from Australia: 02 6145 2357