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VIN CE Course NUTR108-0517: Alternative Evidence for Some Alternative Facts About Pet Nutrition
The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format.

Enrollment is closed.

Presenter: Sarah Abood, DVM, PhD
Course Open: May 9-June 2, 2017
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, May 16 and 23, 2017; 9:00-10:30 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 presenter 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 basic course will be open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists, actively interested in canine and feline nutrition.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. (RACE 22-29162)

Course Information:
The Internet and social media have become indispensable in terms of sharing news, digital images, music, and products to buy or sell. Unfortunately, numerous retailers and veterinary and non-veterinary bloggers perpetuate nutritional myths, which can be confusing for pet owners, veterinarians and their technical staff. This course will shine a light on alternative nutrition facts and discuss how to employ logic (and evidence) for practical dietary recommendations. We'll also offer up some reputable online resources for practices and pet owners.

Week 1 (Real Time Session May 16, 2017): Nutritional Truths
Presenter: Sarah Abood, DVM, PhD
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 2 (Real Time Session May 23, 2017): Dietary Recommendations
Presenter: Sarah Abood, DVM, PhD
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 Presenter:
Dr. Sarah Abood received her Bachelor of Science degree (1984) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (1988) from Michigan State University. After completing a one-year internship in large animal medicine and surgery at the University of Minnesota, she spent 5 years at The Ohio State University, working on a PhD and in a clinical nutrition residency with Dr. Tony Buffington. She earned her PhD from OSU in 1997, and from 1994 to 1999, she worked as a nutrition scientist in Research & Technical Communications at the Ralston Purina Company in St. Louis, Missouri. For the past 16 years, Dr. Abood has worked at Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine where she served as both the Assistant Dean for Student Programs and the small animal clinical nutritionist in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She has co-authored several articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as several book chapters and the Manual of Veterinary Dietetics.

Total CE Credit: 3

Tuition: Member $69 ($62 early bird special if enrolled by April 25, 2017)
Non-Member $137 ($123 early bird special if enrolled by April 25, 2017)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on May 16, 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 (22-29162) is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 3 CE Credits, with a maximum of 3 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian or veterinary technician/technologist. 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

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