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VIN CE Course MULT212-0216: Systems D: Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP Core Examination Review
Module 6 of the Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP Core Examination Review Series

In some of the course Real Time Sessions the lecture will be predominantly audio
while in others the lecture will be predominantly text.

Enrollment is closed.

Presenters: Stacey Hoffman, DVM, MA, DACVIM (Internal Medicine)
Melissa A. Kennedy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Amanda Guth, DVM, PhD
Stephanie Smith, DVM, MS
Michael Zigler, DVM
Bob Munger, DVM, DACVO
Rebekah G. Gunn-Christie, DVM, DACVP

Course Open: February 4-April 24, 2016
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Thursdays, February 11, 18, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 April 7 and 14, 2016; 9:30-11:30 pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter

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 presenters 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 course will be open to veterinarians actively interested in an overview of small animal infectious disease, immunology, ophthalmology, coagulation and hematology information. This course is the sixth and final module in the Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP Core Examination review series. The MULT207-1014: Pathologic Basis of Disease and the MULT208-0215: Principles of Medicine courses are recommended prerequisites.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians (RACE# 22-19240).

Course Information:
The sixth and final module 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
  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.
Week 1 (Real Time Session February 11, 2016): Hemostasis
Presenter: Stephanie Smith, DVM, MS
Format: Text/Audio

Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 2 (Real Time Session February 18, 2016): Thrombosis
Presenter: Stephanie Smith, DVM, MS
Format: Text/Audio

Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

**** BREAK - No Real Time Session February 25, 2016 ****

Week 3 (Real Time Session March 3, 2016): Immunology
Presenter: Amanda Guth, DVM, PhD
Format: Audio

Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 4-6 (Real Time Session March 10, 17, and 24, 2016): Infectious Disease
Presenter: Stacey Hoffman, DVM, MA, DACVIM (Internal Medicine)
Melissa A. Kennedy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Format: Text/Audio

Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 7 (Real Time Session March 31, 2016): Hematology
Presenter: Rebekah G. Gunn-Christie, DVM, DACVP
Format: Audio

Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 8-9 (Real Time Session April 7 and 14, 2016): Ophthalmology
Presenters: Bob Munger, DVM, DACVO
Michael Zigler, DVM
Format: Text/Audio

Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

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.

About the Presenters:
Stacey Hoffman received her DVM from Ohio State University in 1992. She did an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital and a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.

Melissa A. Kennedy did everything at University of Tennessee - born and bred a hillbilly, and that is true. DVM in 1983, practiced for 5 years in Small Animal Medicine; came back to school in 1988, PhD in 1991. Did a residency in Microbiology for 2 years, boarded by ACVMicro - Virology and Immunology in 1995 and Bacteriology in 1997. She stayed on at UT as an instructor. She is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Clinical Virology Lab at UTCVM. She teaches, directs diagnostics, and does research, mainly on feline viruses.

Amanda Guth received her PhD in Immunology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center while studying the role of B cell antibody mutation in autoimmune disease. She went on to get her DVM from Colorado State University while concurrently doing research in understanding the cellular composition of airways in the lung. Following completion of her DVM, Amanda did her post-doctorate research studying the role of innate immunity in impeding antitumor immunity. Amanda is now an Assistant Professor at CSU, where she is currently working on developing novel immunotherapies for cancer in dogs and humans, including therapeutic vaccine development.

Stephanie Smith received her DVM from Purdue University in 1988. She did an internship at the University of Illinois, and a residency in small animal internal medicine at Kansas State University where she also received an MS. She is a diplomate of the ACVIM. She served on the clinical faculty at the University of Minnesota Veterinary teaching Hospital, and then did a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois - College of Medicine. She is currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, School of Cellular and Molecular Biology, at the University of Illinois, where her research focuses on the biochemical mechanisms of hemostasis and thrombosis. She also continues to investigate clinical issues in hemostasis and thrombosis in veterinary patients. She serves as a peer reviewer for a variety of journals and on the scientific review committee of the ACVIM Foundation, and has published more than 10 book chapters, 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts, and hundreds of research abstracts.

Michael Zigler received his DVM from Ontario Veterinary College in 1979. He did a residency in Veterinary Ophthalmology at Toronto North Veterinary Referral Services and received his Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology (CertVOphthal) from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1993. He was also past president of the Canadian Association of Veterinary Ophthalmology and the American Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology. He was also selected as Veterinarian of the Year in 1988 by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association.

Bob Munger received his DVM from Texas A&M University in 1973. He did an internship in Large Medicine and Surgery at the University of California, Davis. He also did a residency in Large Animal Medicine and one in Ophthalmology at the University of California, Davis. He received his diplomate from the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 1979.

Rebekah Gunn-Christie is a board certified clinical pathologist with a special interest in cytology and hematology. She has been a diagnostic pathologist with Antech Diagnostics since 2007, and is also a consultant with Veterinary Information Network and an Assistant Adjunct Professor at North Carolina State University. Dr. Gunn-Christie has lectured on cytology and hematology at numerous continuing education events/conferences.

Total CE Credits: 18

Tuition: Member $378 ($340 early bird special if enrolled by January 28, 2016)
Non-Member $537 (483 early bird special if enrolled by January 28, 2016)

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close at 5 pm ET on February 11, 2016 or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
Enrollment is closed.
  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 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
"This program (RACE program number to be determined) has been submitted for approval by AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 18 CE Credits, with a maximum of 18 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Scientific using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance: (Web-based, Teleconference or Audio-Conference). This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements."
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.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 800-846-0028 ext. 797.

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

The CE team:

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator

VIN CE Services:
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