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VIN CE Course MULT602-1113: Common Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Injuries

Enrollment is closed.

COURSE OPEN: November 12, 2013-February 7, 2014
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Tuesdays, November 19, 26, December 3, 10, 17, January 7, 14, 21 and 28; 9:30-11:00 pm ET USA
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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 instructor 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 interested in orthopedic and sports medicine injuries. VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians. This course has been RACE approved for veterinarians.

Course Description:
This course will go through diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of common musculoskeletal injuries seen in our canine (some feline cases will be presented by the focus is on dogs) patients. The focus of this course is practically relevant information that is applicable to everyday practice. A large focus will be case presentations including video case presentations. Diagnostic steps and tricks will be covered in-depth. Treatment options will be covered in variable detail depending on how commonly a procedure is performed in general practice. Advanced surgical treatments will only be covered to the degree that is necessary to discuss these options with your clients. The goal of the course is to give practical tips that help the participant to identify and treat common canine and feline orthopedic problems.

This course consists of nine (9) ninety (90) minute Real Time Sessions, 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.

*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.
Recommended Textbook(s): Please remember to login when visiting the VIN Bookstore to ensure you receive the VIN member discount.

About the Instructors:
Felix Duerr is originally from Germany and earned his veterinary degree at the School of Veterinary Medicine in Hanover, Germany. After finishing his veterinary degree, he completed a thesis at the same university followed by an internship at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada. After completion of a surgical residency/masters program at Colorado State University he became a Diplomate of the American and European College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Duerr worked in private practice for four years prior to joining Colorado State University in 2011. Dr. Duerr became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2012. Dr. Duerr's research focus is clinical studies aimed at improving animal health and quality of life related to orthopedic problems. His clinical interests include sports medicine and rehabilitation, cranial cruciate ligament injury, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopy) and arthritis. Current research projects include the development of novel gait analysis techniques, evaluation of new treatment options for arthritis (surgical and non-surgical), and the investigation of techniques to enhance bone healing.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session November 19, 2013): Orthopedic Exam and Diagnostic Guidelines
Content: Orthopedic exam (incl. diagnosis of sprains/strains), diagnostic guidelines (such as conventional imaging vs. advanced imaging), bandaging/splinting techniques and general arthritis treatment guidelines.

Week 2 (Real Time Session November 26, 2013): Distal Limb Injuries
Content: Distal limb injuries (traumatic tendon injuries, Achilles tendon pathology, sesamoid fractures, digit and metatarsal/carpal fractures) carpal injuries (incl. hyperextension, chip fractures, partial/pancarpal arthrodesis indications etc.) and tarsal injuries (incl. OCD, collateral ligament injuries)

Week 3 (Real Time Session December 3, 2013): Elbow Injuries Part 1
Content: Elbow dysplasia (diagnosis and coronoid disease)

Week 4 (Real Time Session December 10, 2013): Elbow Injuries Part 2
Content: Elbow dysplasia (incongruity, OCD, UAP, types of ulna osteotomies, salvage options for arthritic elbows) and traumatic injuries (incl. fractures of radius/ulna)

Week 5 (Real Time Session December 17, 2013): Shoulder Injuries
Content: Shoulder injuries (medial shoulder instability, OCD, biceps tendinopathy, fibrotic myopathies of the infra/supraspinatus) and traumatic injuries (incl. fractures of humerus/scapula)

*** BREAK - No Session December 24th ***

*** BREAK - No Session December 31st ***

Week 6 (Real Time Session January 7, 2014): Stifle Injuries Part 1
Content: Cranial cruciate ligament disease (CCLD) - diagnosis and treatment

Week 7 (Real Time Session January 14, 2014): Stifle Injuries Part 2
Content: MPL, OCD, LDE-luxation and traumatic injuries (incl. fractures of tibia/femur)

Week 8 (Real Time Session January 21, 2014): Hip Injuries Part 1
Content: Diagnosis and treatment in juvenile patients

Week 9 (Real Time Session January 28, 2014): Hip Injuries Part 2
Content: Diagnosis and treatment in adult patients, coxofemoral luxation, fibrotic myopathies and traumatic pelvic injuries (incl. fractures)


Tuition: Member $260 ($234 early bird special if enrolled by October 29, 2013)
Non-Member $382 ($344 early bird special if enrolled by October 29, 2013)

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close at 5pm ET November 19, 2013 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.
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*Note: "This course is approved for 13 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.

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

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