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VIN CE Course MULT309-0815: Advanced Topics in Feline Medicine
The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly audio format.
Please come prepared to listen.

Enrollment is closed.

Margie Scherk, DVM, DABVP (Feline)
Rosie Henik, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Ellen Behrend, VMD, PhD, DACVIM
Mark Kittleson, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Darin Dell, DVM, ACVD
Meredith Stepita, DVM, DACVB

Course Open: August 11-October 30, 2015
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, August 18, 25, September 1, 15, 22, October 6, 13, and 20, 2015; 8:30-10:30 pm ET (US)
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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 advanced course will be open to veterinarians interested in extending their knowledge of feline medicine.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians. This course is approved by RACE 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: arthritis, pancreatitis/liver disease, respiratory, endocrinology, cardiology, dermatology, and behavior.

This course consists of eight (8) 2-hour Real Time Session, supplemental library materials, and 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.

*The lecture portion of this course will be an audio presentation, please be prepared to listen.

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 August 18, 2015): Arthritis
Instructor: Margie Scherk, DVM, DABVP (Feline)
Content: Week 2 (Real Time Session August 25, 2015): Liver Disease and Pancreatitis
Instructor: Margie Scherk, DVM, DABVP (Feline)
Content: Week 3 (Real Time Session September 1, 2015): Respiratory
Instructor: Rosie Henik, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

*** BREAK - September 8, 2015 ***

Week 4 (Real Time Session September 15, 2015): Endocrinology
Instructor: Ellen Behrend, VMD, PhD, DACVIM
Current concepts in feline diabetes mellitus will be reviewed with regard to treatment and monitoring.
Feline acromegaly, which usually results in severe diabetes mellitus and may be much more common than originally believed, will also be considered.

Week 5 (Real Time Session September 22, 2015): Endocrinology
Instructor: Ellen Behrend, VMD, PhD, DACVIM
Diagnosis of feline hyperthyroidism will be reviewed along with current thought on how to maximize survival of cats with hyperthyroidism, which includes monitoring once treatment has been initiated.
Feline hyperaldosteronism, both adrenal tumors and adrenal hyperplasia, will be discussed with regard to clinical signs, diagnosis, and treatment.

*** BREAK - September 29, 2015 ***

Week 6 (Real Time Session October 6, 2015): Cardiology
Instructor: Mark Kittleson, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Content: Week 7 (Real Time Session October 13, 2015): Dermatology
Instructor: Darin Dell, DVM, ACVD
Content: Week 8 (Real Time Session October 20, 2015): Behavior
Instructor: Meredith Stepita, DVM, DACVB
Behavior problems are a primary cause of relinquishment to animal shelters, breaking of the human-animal bond, and ultimately loss of our patients. During this lecture we will discuss the diagnosis and treatment of feline aggression, inappropriate elimination, and urine marking in order to give clinicians the tools to successfully help keep pets in their homes. Current advances in therapy will be highlighted. The goal of this lecture is to help clinicians provide in-depth behavioral care for their feline patients through a comprehensive understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of the most common behavior problems the feline owner faces.

CE Credits: 16

Tuition: Member $336 ($302 early bird special if enrolled by July 28, 2015)
Non-Member $482 ($434 early bird special if enrolled by July 28, 2015)

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on August 18, 2015 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.
*Note: "This course is approved for 16 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 VIN CE at 800-846-0028 ext. 797 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 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

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