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VIN MULT211-1023: Systems C: Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP™ Series

Presenters: TBD
Course Open: October 26, 2023-January 14, 2024
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Thursdays, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14, 2023, January 4, 2024; 9:00-11:00 pm ET (USA) World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 14
RACE Category: 14 hours Medical


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Tuition: Member $322 ($290 early bird special if enrolled by October 12, 2023)
Non-Member $468 ($421 early bird special if enrolled by October 12, 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 fifth of seven modules in the Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP™ series, this course is designed to cover the pathophysiological basis of disease in small animals based on pathophysiological and discipline-specific concepts. Topics include musculoskeletal, respiratory, urology and fluids/electrolytes/acid base. Clinical examples will be used to illustrate these concepts.

The Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP™ 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
  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 the difference between sodium content and sodium concentration.
  • better understand disorders of sodium balance particularly edema.
  • better understand hypernatremia, hyponatremia and PUPD.
  • 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.
  • understand basic musculoskeletal physiology.
  • understand respiratory diseases.


Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate level VIN CE course is open for enrollment to veterinarians interested in musculoskeletal, respiratory, urology and fluids/electrolytes/acid base information.
This course is the fifth of seven modules in the Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP™ series. MULT207-1022: Pathologic Basis of Disease and MULT208-0223: Principles of Medicine are recommended prerequisites.
Accreditation: This course has been submitted (but not yet approved) for 14 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.)

Weeks 1-2 (Real Time Session November 2 and 9, 2023): Fluids/Electrolytes/Acid Base
Presenters: TBD

Week 3 (Real Time Session November 16, 2023): Urology I
Presenters: TBD

**** BREAK - November 23, 2023 ****

Week 4 (Real Time Session November 30, 2023): Urology II
Presenters: TBD

Week 5 (Real Time Session December 7, 2023): Musculoskeletal
Presenters: TBD

Week 6 (Real Time Session December 14, 2023): Respiratory I
Presenters: TBD

**** BREAK - December 21 and 28, 2023 ****

Week 7 (Real Time Session January 4, 2024): Respiratory II
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 $322 ($290 early bird special if enrolled by October 12, 2023)
Non-Member $468 ($421 early bird special if enrolled by October 12, 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 November 2, 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