VIN VSPN CE Portal Participant Resources Practice Area Course Archives Course Catalogs Suggestion Box
Back Print Save Bookmark in my Browser


VIN CE Course MULT309-0717: Topics in Feline Medicine
The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format.

Enrollment is closed.

Presenters: Miranda Spindel, DVM, MS
Rosie Henik, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Leslie Lyons, MS, PhD
Tony Buffington, DVM, PhD
Lauren Eichstadt Forsythe, PharmD, FSVHP
Erica Reineke, VMD, DACVECC
Joe Camp, MS, PhD
Steve Bailey, VMD, DABVP (Feline)

Course Open: July 25-September 15, 2017
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and September 5, 2017; 9:00-11:00 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 extending their knowledge of feline medicine.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 22-29909)

Course Information:
This course focuses upon extending the participants' knowledge of feline medicine, covering a variety of topics: upper respiratory/nasal diseases, feline idiopathic cystitis, feline genetic counseling, drug compounding for cats, treating blocked cats, and toxoplasmosis.

Week 1 (Real Time Session August 1, 2017): Respiratory Disease
Part 1: Nasal Diagnostics and Disease in the Individual Cat
Presenter: Rosie Henik, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Part 2: Upper Respiratory Infections in Multi-Cat Environment
Presenter: Miranda Spindel, DVM, MS
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 2 (Real Time Session August 8, 2017): Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC)
Presenter: C. A. Buffington, DVM, PhD
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 3 (Real Time Session August 15, 2017): Feline Genetic Counseling
Presenter: Leslie Lyons, MS, PhD
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 4 (Real Time Session August 22, 2017): Drug Compounding for Cats
Presenter: Lauren Eichstadt Forsythe, PharmD, FSVHP
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 5 (Real Time Session August 29, 2017): Stabilization and Treatment of the "Blocked" Cat
Presenter: Erica Reineke, VMD, DACVECC
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 6 (Real Time Session September 5, 2017): Toxoplasmosis
Presenters: Joe Camp, MS, PhD
Steve Bailey, VMD, DABVP (Feline)
Format: 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:
Miranda Spindel serves as the Veterinary Information Network's Shelter Medicine Consultant and Student Advocate. Dr. Spindel initiated and completed the first residency in shelter medicine with a Master of Clinical Sciences offered though Colorado State University in 2007, and then worked as the Senior Director of Shelter Medicine at the ASPCA for ten years. She is a member of the Shelter Medicine Organizing Committee & Residency Committee for American Board Veterinary Practitioners. Dr. Spindel lives on a small acreage in Colorado with her daughter and dogs, cats, chickens, donkeys, and horses.

Rosie Henik received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University in 1983. She completed a residency and MS in Small Animal Internal Medicine at Colorado State University in 1988. After retiring from the University of Wisconsin Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 2009, she began a mobile echocardiography service. Dr. Henik also sees clinical cases at Veterinary Emergency Service & Veterinary Specialty Center in Madison, Wisconsin, and is a Consultant on the Cardiopulmonary Message Board for VIN.

Tony Buffington is an emeritus professor of veterinary clinical sciences at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and currently a clinical professor (volunteer) at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He received bachelors, masters and PhD degrees in nutrition and the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from UC Davis, and is board-certified in veterinary nutrition. His clinical interests include developmental origins of health and disease, stress effects on disease, obesity, evidence-based medicine, and effective medical communications. His research has documented the effects of environmental stressors on disease in cats, and the role of effective environmental enrichment in mitigating them to promote recovery. Dr. Buffington has published more than 120 scientific papers, 30 book chapters, 3 books (one an iBook), an iTunes U course, and created the Indoor Pet Initiative

Leslie Lyons trained in human genetics, specifically disease mapping of familial polyposis coli (Gardner's Syndrome) and aniridia. Her postdoctoral fellowship focused on developing genetic resources for comparative gene mapping across mammalian species with emphasis in the domestic cat. Her long-standing research focuses on domestic cat genetics, in particular the development of biomedical models. Her laboratory has identified over 30 mutations over 25 genes including 21 diseases, cat AB / B blood type (2) and recently 2 diseases in wild felids. Dr. Lyons launched the 99 Lives Cat Genome Sequencing Initiative ( - an effort to have deep coverage on cats with inherited diseases and as a SNP resource for the community. She was the first to publish cat biomedical models with the DNA variants identified by whole genome sequencing, and she produced the first signature of selection cat study and the first case-control genome-wide association studies for the domestic cat. During her tenure at NCI, she worked closely with theriogenologists to produce a feline interspecies backcross between domestic cats and Asian Leopard cats as a gene mapping resource and she continues to support assisted reproduction studies in cats. Dr. Lyon's laboratory works closely with veterinarians to define genetic diseases. The veterinarians and clinicians then become partners with the laboratory in the genetic studies. The laboratory typically collaborates with veterinarians and clinicians around the world and they publish in veterinary and genetics journals, especially journals that focus on organ systems. Specific diseases remain a high priority, including polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and heritable blindness.

Lauren Eichstadt Forsythe graduated from the University of Findlay, College of Pharmacy in May 2015. Following completion of her PharmD degree, Dr. Eichstadt completed a one year veterinary pharmacy residency at Purdue University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH). As part of this residency, Dr. Eichstadt taught pharmacy and veterinary students, rounded with hospital services, performed research and compounded a variety of medications for hospital patients. Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Forsythe took a clinical pharmacist position at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

Erica Reineke is an Associate Professor of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine and Trauma Center Director at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a Diplomate of the American College of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. The establishment of evidence based guidelines for the treatment of feline urethral obstruction is a research interest of hers and she is an invited speaker on this topic. She has completed several studies including an evaluation of prazosin, sacral-coccygeal epidural, a description of fluid overload, and an ongoing study on decompressive cystocentesis.

Joe Camp is a Professor of Veterinary Parasitology in the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. He also serves as the University Secretary of Faculties in the Office of the Provost. He has been teaching veterinary parasitology to second-year DVM students for 14 years. He was also the Director of Parasitology Diagnostic Laboratory until its services were transferred to the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL) in November 2013. He now serves as the consulting parasitologist for the ADDL parasitology section. Dr. Camp frequently consults with practitioners outside the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine on difficult cases involving parasitic infections of small and large animals. He is a member of the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists and the American Society of Parasitologists. He recently recorded a series of CE video presentations on the parasites of small animals for Elanco. Dr. Camp lives on small acreage in Indiana with five hay-burning pasture ornaments (former 4H horses).

Steve Bailey has been immersed in veterinary medicine since the age of 16 when he started working at an emergency hospital. After practicing emergency medicine for 8 years, he opened a feline practice. Since then he has obtained ABVP certification, and is currently a VIN consultant on the Feline Internal Medicine boards, NAVLE question writer, adjunct professor at Michigan State, student mentor, and resident advisor. His obsession with details allows him to appreciate things, which others do not, including feline knees and teeth syndrome, gastric diverticuli, and many more feline idiosyncrasies. In his spare time, he enjoys long distance kayak racing.

Total CE Credit: 12

Tuition: Member $276 ($248 early bird special if enrolled by July 11, 2017)
Non-Member $413 ($372 early bird special if enrolled by July 11, 2017)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on August 1, 2017 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.

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 (22-29909) is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 12 CE Credits, with a maximum of 12 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.

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

VIN CE Services:
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

800.700.4636  |  |  530.756.4881  |  Fax: 530.756.6035
777 West Covell Blvd, Davis, CA 95616

Copyright 2002, Veterinary Information Network, Inc.