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VIN MULT210-0721: Systems B: Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP Core Examination Review 2021

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

Presenters: Margie Scherk, DVM, DABVP
Adam Honeckman, DVM, ACVIM
Steve Holmstrom, DVM, DAVDC
Mitchell D. Song, DVM, DACVD

Course Open: July 29-October 10, 2021
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Thursdays, August 5, 12, 19, 26, September 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 20221; 9:00-11:00 pm ET (USA)
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Total CE Credit: 16
RACE Category: 16 hours Medical

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Course Information:
The fourth of seven 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.

The Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP Core 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
  • keep progressing through the topics so all topics will have been studied prior to the exam and
  • 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 function, physiology, and facts about the feline gastrointestinal tract.
  • distinguish between cholangitis and lipidosis using enzyme patterns.
  • formulate a medical plan for cholangitis/cholangiohepatitis, lipidosis and toxicities.
  • understand which supplements may be of use for treatment in treating feline liver disease.
  • know when to include cholecystitis as a differential.
  • understand canine GI system.
  • understand canine hepatobiliary and exocrine pancreatic diseases with case based discussions.
  • understand juvenile dentistry.
  • understand orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, tooth resorption and oral cancer.
  • better understand the pathophysiological basis of diseases of the dermatologic system.
  • better understand current topics in dermatology.
  • apply the pathophysiological basis of disease to generate better and complete differentials for problems.
  • apply the pathophysiological basis of disease to improve case management.

Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate VIN CE course is open for enrollment to veterinarians actively interested in an overview of dermatology, gastroenterology and dentistry information. This course is the fourth of seven modules in the Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP Core Examination review series. The MULT207-1020: Pathologic Basis of Disease and the MULT208-0221: Principles of Medicine courses are recommended prerequisites.
Accreditation: This course is approved for 16 hours of continuing education credit by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 20-843985)

Course Agenda:

Weeks 1-2 (Real Time Session August 5 and 12, 2021): Feline Gastroenterology & Liver Disease
Presenter: Margie Scherk, DVM, DABVP

Weeks 3-4 (Real Time Session August 19 and 26, 2021): Canine Gastroenterology
Presenter: Adam Honeckman, DVM, ACVIM

Weeks 5-7 (Real Time Session September 2, 9, and 16, 2021): Dermatology
Presenter: Mitchell D. Song, DVM, DACVD

**** BREAK - September 23, 2021 ****

Week 8 (Real Time Session September 30, 2021): Dentistry
Presenter: Steve Holmstrom, DVM, DAVDC

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.

Enrollment is closed.

Tuition: Member $368 ($331 early bird special if enrolled by July 15, 2021)
Non-Member $512 ($467 early bird special if enrolled by July 15, 2021)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on August 5, 2021 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.

  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. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email . 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

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