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VIN MULT208-0223: Principles of Medicine

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

Presenters: TBD
Course Open: February 16-April 9, 2023
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Thursdays, February 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2023; 9:00-11:00 pm ET (USA) World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 10
RACE Category: 10 hours Medical


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Tuition: Member $230 ($207 early bird special if enrolled by February 2, 2023)
Non-Member $355 ($319 early bird special if enrolled by February 2, 2023)
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 second 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.
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.

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 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.


Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
  • better understand clinical reasoning and the diagnostic process.
  • better understand the types of clinical reasoning used by clinicians.
  • master the process of making an appropriate problem list and using "localization" to systematically diagnose complicated cases.
  • understand the role of bias in clinical reasoning and how it affects patient care.
  • recognize sources of your own bias in clinical reasoning.
  • understand how metacognition can shape clinical reasoning.
  • understand the sources which may influence the results of your laboratory analysis.
  • understand the conditions, situations and other inputs, which lead to variation in laboratory tests.
  • understand the sources which may influence the results of your laboratory analysis.
  • understand the conditions, situations and other inputs, which lead to variation in laboratory tests.
  • understand the basis of evidence-based medicine.


Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate level VIN CE course is open for enrollment to veterinarians interested in an introduction to the principles of diagnostic medicine, problem-based medical records, evidenced-based medicine and proper use of laboratory diagnostic testing information.
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 has been submitted (but not yet approved) for 10 hours of continuing education credit for veterinarians in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.


Course Agenda:
(The order of the sessions will be determined closer to the start of the course.)

Week 1 (Real Time Session February 23, 2023): Principles of Diagnosis I
Presenters: TBD

Week 2 (Real Time Session March 2, 2023): Principles of Diagnosis II
Presenters: TBD

**** BREAK - March 9, 2023 ****

Week 3 (Real Time Session March 16, 2023): Interpretation of Tests I
Presenters: TBD

Week 4 (Real Time Session March 23, 2023): Interpretation of Tests II
Presenters: TBD

Week 5 (Real Time Session March 30, 2023): Evidence-Based Medicine
Presenters: TBD


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 $230 ($207 early bird special if enrolled by February 2, 2023)
Non-Member $355 ($319 early bird special if enrolled by February 2, 2023)
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 February 23, 2023 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
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01 45 222 6154
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from Australia: 02 6145 2357