Katherine M. James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Ellen Behrend, VMD, PhD, DACVIM
Jill C. Lurye, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN
Julie R. Fischer, DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine)
Susan Little, DVM, DABVP (Feline)
Milan Hess, DVM, MS, DAC
COURSE OPEN: June 21-August 26 , 2012
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Thursdays, June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 9 and 16; 9:30pm-11:30pm 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.
*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 level course provides an introduction to the principles of diagnostic medicine,
problem-based medical records, evidenced-based medicine and proper use of laboratory
diagnostic testing information. It would serve at the foundation for more comprehensive
courses on these topics and also prepare participants to apply these principles in the
organ-system-based modules that follow.
VIN CE Course: This course is open to veterinarians.
This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians.
This course is the fifth of six modules of the Organ System Pathophysiology
and ABVP Core Examination review course. The organ system-based modules build on the
on foundations of pathophysiology and medicine in modules 1 and 2, using concepts
and disease examples specific to the various body systems.
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.
This course consists of seven (7) 2 hour Real Time Sessions, supplemental library materials,
interactive message board discussions, multiple choice quizzes (after each Real Time Session),
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.
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
- to provide participants with feedback on their strongest and weakest topics
to guide their individual exam specific preparations.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
- Better understand the pathophysiologic basis of diseases of the endocrine,
fluids/electrolytes/acid base, nephrology, urology and
reproduction body systems.
- Apply the pathophysiologic basis of disease to generate better and
complete differentials for problems.
- Apply the pathophysiologic basis of disease to improve case management.
Course materials will be available
in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
There is no required textbook for this course.
About the Instructors:
The instructors for this course reflect a topic-specific expertise and were
assembled for their ability to teach discipline-specific content in relationship
to clinical cases.
Week 1 (Real Time Session June 28):
Instructor(s): Julie R. Fischer, DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine)
Week 2 (Real Time Session July 5):
Instructor(s): Susan Little, DVM, DABVP (Feline)
Milan Hess, DVM, MS, DAC
Week 3 (Real Time Session July 12):
Instructor(s): Katherine M. James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Weeks 4 & 5
- Compare and contrast what is sodium balance versus what is water balance
- The difference between sodium content and sodium concentration
- Disorders of sodium balance particularly edema
- Disorders of water balance: hypernatremia and hyponatremia
- Selected other electrolyte topics as time allows
- Review of acid-base disorders via the library materials
(Real Time Session July 19, July 26):
Instructor(s): Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN
Weeks 6 & 7
- Describe the neurologic innervation to and the muscular structure
of the urinary bladder and urethra
- Compare and contrast disorders of micturition - urine retention
and urine leakage - including clinical findings, physical examination
findings, diagnostic testing, and management
- Describe defense mechanisms for urinary tract infections and diagnosis
and management of simple and complicated urinary tract infections
including prophylactic measures
- Describe potential mechanisms for feline idiopathic cystitis and management
- Compare and contrast urolithiasis including struvite, calcium oxalate,
urate, and cystine and management
(Real Time Session August 9, August 16):
Ellen Behrend, VMD, PhD, DACVIM
Jill C. Lurye, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Calcium and adrenal gland disorders
CE CREDITS: 14
Thyroid gland and glucose disorders
- Pathophysiology of hypoadrenocorticism
- Clinical signs of and tip-offs to the presence of hypoadrenocorticismv
- Treatment of hypoadrenocorticism
- Diagnosis of hyperadrenocorticism
- Treatment of hyperadrenocorticism
- Regulation of serum calcium concentration
- Differential diagnoses for hypercalcemia and their diagnosis
- Overview of feline idiopathic hypercalcemia
- Treatment of hypercalcemia
- Diagnosis of hypothyroidism
- Diagnosis of hyperthyroidism
- Use of topical tapazole for treatment of hyperthyroidism
- Pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus
- Diagnosis of diabetes mellitus
- Dietary therapy for diabetes mellitus
- Insulin therapy
- Oral hypoglycemic agent therapy
- Monitoring diabetic therapy
- Differential diagnoses of hypoglycemia
Tuition: Member $280 ($252 early bird special if enrolled by June 14, 2012).
Non-Member $408 ($367 early bird special if enrolled by June 14, 2012).
*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when
the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first
Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a
weekend, course enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the
Participant Resource Center.
- 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.
- Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org
and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants;
personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
- 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.
- For further assistance call 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email (VIN CE)
CEonVIN@vin.com or (VSPN CE)
Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is approved for 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 Course Catalog at
Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator
VIN CE Services: CEonVIN@vin.com
1-800-846-0028 or 1-530-756-4881 or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01452226154
Andrea Pomposo (Andrea@vin.com
); ext 126
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