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VIN CE Course PHAR301-1012: Antimicrobials Module 1

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INSTRUCTOR(S): Shelley Rankin, BSc, PhD
COURSE OPEN: October 18-November 18, 2012
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Thursdays, October 25, November 1 and 8; 8:00-10:00 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.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic course will be open to veterinarians actively interested in bacterial disease diagnosis and antimicrobial therapy. This course is a recommended precursor to the PHAR302-1112: Antimicrobials Module 2 and PHAR303-0113: Antimicrobial Module3 courses.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians. This course has been RACE approved for veterinarians.

Course Description:
The first of the three Antimicrobial modules, this course provides an overview of the basics of Veterinary Microbiology. This will include microorganism classification, identification and strain characterization. Appropriate techniques for specimen selection, collection and transport to the lab will be covered. Conventional and molecular diagnostics will be discussed especially in terms of how the results relate to decisions about appropriate and rational antimicrobial therapy. The mechanism of action and mechanisms of drug resistance will be discussed for some of the most commonly used antimicrobials in veterinary medicine. This will include details on inherent and acquired drug resistance, susceptibility testing methods and interpretation of lab reports.

This course consists of three (3) 2-hour 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.

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): About the Instructors:
Shelley Rankin received her PhD in Molecular Epidemiology from the University of Glasgow, Faculty of Medicine, in 1996. She is currently employed as an Associate Professor Clinician Educator of Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, where she is also Chief of the Clinical Microbiology Services and Director of the Salmonella Reference Center.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session October 25, 2012): Overview of Microbiology
Week 1 will cover the biology of microorganisms. It will include the fundamentals of microbiology such as microorganism classification, bacterial identification and strain characterization.

Week 2 (Real Time Session November 1, 2012): General Principles of Bacterial Disease Diagnosis
Week 2 will cover specimen selection, transport and conventional culture methods. The laboratory diagnosis of common microbial diseases will be discussed. There will also be an overview of molecular diagnostic techniques commonly used in the clinical microbiology lab and how the results from these tests may be used to determine therapeutic options.

Week 3 (Real Time Session November 8, 2012): Antimicrobial Agents, Mechanisms of Resistance, and Susceptability Testing
Week 3 will cover the mechanism of action of commonly used antimicrobial drugs and describe antimicrobial resistance mechanisms. Inherent and acquired resistance mechanism will be discussed in the context of those bacteria most frequently isolated from infectious diseases of animals. Common methods to determine bacterial susceptibility and resistance will be discussed as will interpretation of susceptibility reports.


Tuition: Member $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by October 4, 2012)
Non-Member $201 ($181 early bird special if enrolled by October 4, 2012)

Special Discount: Individuals enrolling in PHAR301-1012: Antimicrobials Module 1 will receive a discounted rate for the PHAR302-1112: Antimicrobials Module 2 and PHAR303-0113: Antimicrobials Module 3 courses.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a weekend, course enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

*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. 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.
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*Note: "This course is submitted for approval for 6 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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