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MULT211-0612: Systems C: Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP Core Examination Review

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.

Course Description:
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
  1. keep progressing through the topics so all topics will have been studied prior to the exam and
  2. 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

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required textbook: 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.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session June 28): Nephrology
Instructor(s): Julie R. Fischer, DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine)

Week 2 (Real Time Session July 5): Reproduction
Instructor(s): Susan Little, DVM, DABVP (Feline)
Milan Hess, DVM, MS, DAC


Week 3 (Real Time Session July 12): Fluids/Electrolytes/Acid-Base
Instructor(s): Katherine M. James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Weeks 4 & 5 (Real Time Session July 19, July 26): Urology
Instructor(s): Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN
Content: Weeks 6 & 7 (Real Time Session August 9, August 16): Endocrine
Instructor(s): Ellen Behrend, VMD, PhD, DACVIM
Jill C. Lurye, DVM, MS, DACVIM

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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.


  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. 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.
  4. For further assistance call 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email (VIN CE) 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

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