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VIN CE Course MULT309-0814: Advanced Topics in Feline Medicine 2014
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.

Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN
Mark Epstein, DVM, DABVP Canine, DABVP Feline, CVPP, DAAPM
Steve Holmstrom, DVM, DAVDC
Susan Little, DVM, ABVP Feline
Sandra Mitchell, DVM, ABVP Feline, ABVP ECM
Larry Nagode, DVM, MS, PhD
Michael Zigler, DVM, Cert. V. Ophthal.

COURSE OPEN: August 26-November 14, 2014
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Tuesdays, September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, October 14, 21, 28, November 4; 8:00-10:00 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 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 advanced course will be open to veterinarians actively interested in extending their knowledge of feline medicine.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians only. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians. The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

Course Description:
This course focuses upon extending the participants' knowledge of feline medicine, covering topics in a variety of fields, including: ophthalmology, hypercalcemia/calcitriol, chronic kidney disease, FLUT, stomatitis and tooth resorption, pain modifying modalities, emerging infectious diseases, and pediatric care and management.

This course consists of nine (9) 2-hour Real Time Session, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, 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.

To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

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(s): 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 September 2): Pediatric Care and Management
Instructor(s): Sandra Mitchell, DVM, ABVP Feline, ABVP ECM
Format: Text
Content: Week 2 & 3 (Real Time Session September 9 & September 16): Ophthalmology
Instructor(s): Michael Zigler, DVM, Cert. V. Ophthal.
Format: Text/Audio
Content: Week 4 (Real Time Session September 23): Calcitriol, FGF-23 and Parathyroid Hormone Relationships
Instructor(s): Larry Nagode, DVM, MS, PhD
Format: Audio
Required Reading (prior to September 23 Real Time Session):
Calcium, Calcitriol, and Renal Hyperparathyroidism - VIN Medical FAQs;
Calcitriol, calcidiol, parathyroid hormone, and fibroblast growth factor-23 interactions in chronic kidney disease.

Both documents are located in the course library under Real Time Session (RTS) 4 > Materials.
Content: Week 5 (Real Time Session September 30): Chronic Kidney Disease
Instructor(s): Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN
Format: Audio

**** BREAK - October 7 ****

Week 6 (Real Time Session October 14): Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease
Instructor(s): Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN
Format: Audio
Content: Week 7 (Real Time Session October 21): Stomatitis and Tooth Resorption
Instructor(s): Steve Holmstrom, DVM, DAVDC
Format: Text/Audio
Content: Week 8 (Real Time Session October 28): Pain-Modifying Modalities
Instructor(s): Mark Epstein, DVM, DABVP Canine, DABVP Feline, CVPP
Format: Text/Audio
Content: Week 9 (Real Time Session November 4): Emerging Infectious Diseases
Instructor(s): Susan Little, DVM, ABVP Feline
Format: Audio
Content: CE CREDITS: 18

Tuition: Member $378 ($340 early bird special if enrolled by August 19, 2014)
Non-Member $537 ($483 early bird special if enrolled by August 19, 2014)

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close at 5 pm ET on September 9, 2014 or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

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 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is submitted for approval for 18 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 VIN Course Catalog.

The CE team:

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: 01452226154

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