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VIN MULT501-0322: Conservation Medicine and One Health

The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a webinar platform.

Presenters: Heather W. Barron, DVM, DABVP (Avian), CertAqV
Sonia M. Hernandez, DVM, DACZM, PhD
Course Open: March 29-May 6, 2022
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, April 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2022; 7:30-9:30 pm ET (USA) World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 8
RACE Category: 8 hours Medical

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Course Information:
The primary purpose of this course is to provide a basic to intermediate understanding of the concepts of Conservation Medicine and One Health. Conservation Medicine evolved as a multidisciplinary science to address the anthropogenic impacts on wildlife and ecosystems. Because humans are embedded in these ecosystems, our health is tied to the health of wildlife and our shared environments. This course will focus on reviewing the "big themes" of Conservation Medicine and One Health and provide updates on current topics. Veterinarians from all arenas should be aware of these topics to educate the general public, to be prepared when, for example, new pathogens emerge, to promote appropriate conservation behaviors and to engage in this discipline, either as a practitioner or researcher. Most of the course will be taught by utilizing specific examples to illustrate the general theories and concepts of this transdisciplinary science.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
  • discuss the history and development of Conservation Medicine and One Health.
  • describe how it is practiced.
  • discuss who practices it and in what capacity.
  • list historically significant emergent pathogens and the reasons why they emerged.
  • understand (through examples) the relationship between habitat destruction and health and the meaning and examples of "pathogen pollution."
  • discuss Global Emergent pathogens.
  • discuss habitat destruction and health/disease.
  • discuss pathogen pollution.
  • discuss the impact of the international pet trade.
  • discuss the impact of invasive species.
  • discuss keystone species.
  • discuss other anthropogenic disturbances.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic VIN CE course is open for enrollment to veterinarians and veterinary support staff actively interested in conservation medicine and one health.
Accreditation: This course is approved for 8 hours of continuing education credit by RACE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. (RACE 20-899927)

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session April 5, 2022)
The focus of this week will be on how animal health clinicians and support staff can incorporate conservation medicine into their everyday practices. It will also delve into the important One Health implications that are becoming an important cornerstone for veterinary medicine.

Week 2 (Real Time Session April 12, 2022)
The focus of this week will be on highlighting some concrete examples of how One Health is already an integral part of clinical medicine. Emergent pathogens illustrate the growing implications for One Health concerns.

Week 3 (Real Time Session April 19, 2022)
This week will focus on the impacts of habitat destruction on conservation medicine and the spread of pathogens as biodiversity dwindles.

Week 4 (Real Time Session April 26, 2022)
The focus here will be on anthropogenic causes of declines in biodiversity and the emergence of diseases, especially those of zoonotic importance.

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.

Enrollment is closed.

Tuition: Member $184 ($166 early bird special if enrolled by March 15, 2022)
Non-Member $292 ($263 early bird special if enrolled by March 15, 2022)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on April 5, 2022 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.

  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. 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.

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:
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