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VIN CE Course MULT208-0217: Principles of Medicine
The lectures for this course will be presented as a combination of text and audio.

Enrollment is closed.

Presenters: Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Linda Kidd, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Kathy Freeman, DVM, BS, MS, PhD, DipECVCP, FRCPath, MRCVS
Stefanie Klenner,, Dipl. ECVCP, scil animal care company, Germany
Peggy L. Schmidt, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVPM

Course Open: February 2-March 19, 2017
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Thursdays, February 9, 16, 23, March 2 and 9, 2017; 9:30-11:30 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.

*Some of the presenters 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. It provides an introduction to the principles of diagnostic medicine, problem-based medical records, evidenced-based medicine and proper use of laboratory diagnostic testing information. This course is the second of six modules in the Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP Core Examination review series. It will serve as the foundation for more comprehensive courses on these topics and will also prepare the participant to apply these principles in the organ-system-based modules that follow.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians.

Course Information:
The second of six modules in the Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP Core 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. Focus will be on clinical decision making and the diagnostic process including problem-oriented clinical reasoning, the assessment of laboratory data, and an introduction to evidenced-based medicine. This module together with the first module Pathological Basis of Disease are designed to prepare the participant for the organ system-based modules.

The course can be used as a portion of the preparation for the ABVP Core examination, but it is not designed as a test-preparation course. The instructors do not have access to the questions. Also, material in this course may be more current than that examination. However it will allow those preparing for the examination to work systematically through different topics over the course of a year, accomplishing a broad review. The emphasis will be on pathophysiology, serving as a foundation for good case management.

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.
Week 1 (Real Time Session February 9, 2017): Principles of Diagnosis
Presenters: Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM;
Linda Kidd, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Format: TBA
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 2 (Real Time Session February 16, 2017): Principles of Diagnosis (continued)
Presenters: Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM;
Linda Kidd, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Format: TBA
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 3 (Real Time Session February 23, 2017): Interpretation of Tests
Presenters: Kathy Freeman, DVM, BS, MS, PhD, DipECVCP, FRCPath, MRCVS;
Stefanie Klenner, DVM, Cand.Dip.ECVCP
Format: TBA
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 4 (Real Time Session March 2, 2017): Interpretation of Tests (continued)
Presenters: Kathy Freeman, DVM, BS, MS, PhD, DipECVCP, FRCPath, MRCVS;
Stefanie Klenner, DVM, Cand.Dip.ECVCP
Format: TBA
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 5 (Real Time Session March 9, 2017): Evidence-Based Medicine
Presenter: Peggy L. Schmidt, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVPM
Format: TBA
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to 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.

About the Presenters:
Katherine James is a VIN consultant (Urology and Nephrology) and has a PhD in veterinary medicine with a focus on nutrition in chronic kidney disease from the University of Minnesota. She is a self-proclaimed sleep and nutrition geek. Her special interests are in the application of functional medicine principles to veterinary medicine and the study of clinical reasoning/cognitive errors in medical practice. She has personal experience with polysomnographic sleep studies, cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, and oral appliance and CPAP therapies for obstructive sleep apnea. Her ongoing interests in nutrition include nutrigenomics, the examination of nutritional wisdom and myths with science, and the development of personalized nutrition to let "food be thy medicine."

Linda Kidd received a Bachelor of Science in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her DVM from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM). After several years in private small animal practice, she returned to the UW-SVM to obtain specialty training in Small Animal Internal Medicine. She completed the program in July of 2000, and achieved board certification by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine at that time. She stayed on as a Clinical Instructor of Small Animal Internal Medicine until December of 2002. Dr Kidd then left Madison to pursue research training at the Intracellular Pathogens Research Laboratory at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, under the mentorship of Dr Ed Breitschwerdt. There she obtained a PhD in Immunology with a minor in Molecular Biology. Her PhD research centered on the molecular characterization of Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis in dogs. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at The Scripps Research Institute in a thrombosis and hemostasis laboratory under the direction of Dr Nigel Mackman.Currently, Dr Kidd is an Associate Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr Kidd's clinical and research interests include vector borne disease, the role of undetected infection in immune-mediated diseases, the link between inflammation and coagulation, mechanisms of thrombosis in dogs with immune mediated hemolytic anemia, and diagnostic reasoning. She has several ongoing collaborative clinical research projects investigating the pathophysiology of immune mediated hemolytic anemia and vector borne disease with internal medicine specialty practices in Southern California, North Carolina State University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the recipient of the Pfizer Award for Teaching Excellence and the Monica Menard award for Pathobiological Research.

Kathleen Freeman is a 1981 graduate of Oklahoma State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and received her MS and PhDs from OSU in 1984 and 1987, respectively. She was on faculty at OSU and then at Cornell University before taking a detour and teaching all sorts of Science courses and in the Educational Opportunity Program at Ithaca College for several years. During these years she was also doing cytology and laboratory consultations for commercial laboratories. She then moved into commercial laboratory medicine and worked as Director or Senior Clinical Pathologist at several laboratories. She moved to the UK in 1997 to develop a diagnostic laboratory service for the Animal Health Trust and was Head of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology there. She subsequently moved to Scotland and works from home for IDEXX Laboratories, Ltd, based in Wetherby, West Yorkshire. She is past founding Chair of the ASVCP Quality Assurance and Laboratory Standards Committee and the founding Chair of the ECVCP Laboratory Standards Committee. She is currently a member of both committees. She has special interests in QA, QC, customer service, cytology and general clinical pathology. She obtained a Certificate in Laboratory Quality Management via e-learning from the University of Wisconsin and had the opportunity to work with James Westgard which she says was a great experience!

Stefanie Klenner graduated in 2004 from the University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, Germany. Between 2004 and 2006 she wrote her thesis about canine intestinal permeability tests at the same University, successfully receiving her Dr. med. vet. After a rotational internship at the Small Animal Clinic at the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, Germany, Dr. Klenner started a residency in veterinary clinical pathology at the Central Laboratory of Justus-Liebig University. Currently, she is working as scientific product manager laboratory diagnostic for scil animal care company. She is an experienced speaker in various themes of veterinary clinical pathology and lectures often at national as well as international conferences. She is the current Chair of the Lab Standards Committee of the ECVCP. Since 2009 Dr. Klenner is one of the instructors of the VIN Quality Management Course and provides her skills and knowledge also to other courses of VIN. She is especially interested in general clinical pathology, quality control as well as learning strategies.

Peggy L. Schmidt received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and her DVM from the University of Minnesota.� After receiving her DVM, she joined a 3-doctor, 2-clinic rural practice in Western Minnesota where she enjoyed practicing food animal medicine and herd health.� After 5 years in practice, Dr. Schmidt returned to school and received a master�s degree in veterinary preventive medicine from Iowa State University.� In May 2004, she joined the faculty of the new College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences as an Assistant Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology.� During her time at WesternU, Dr. Schmidt taught the 3rd year Population Health & Production course and facilitated 1st and 2nd year students in the problem-based learning pedagogy.� She coordinated the WesternU DVM/MPH program in conjunction with University of Minnesota and continues to hold an adjunct position at UMN School of Public Health.� Dr. Schmidt served in the role of Director of Year 4 Curriculum and Director of College Outcomes Assessment.� She gained diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and received the Norden-Pfizer Award for Teaching Excellence during her tenure at WesternU.� Dr. Schmidt has recently moved to Kansas and is currently the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Student Affairs at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.�

Total CE Credit: 10

Tuition: Member $230 ($207 early bird special if enrolled by January 19, 2017)
Non-Member $350 ($315 early bird special if enrolled by January 19, 2017)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on February 9, 2017 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.

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.
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"This program (RACE program number to be determined) has been submitted for approval by AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 10 CE Credits, with a maximum of 10 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Scientific, using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance: (Web-based, Teleconference or Audio-Conference). This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements."

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.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 800-846-0028 ext. 797.

*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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