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VIN CE Course PHAR303-1017: Responsible Antimicrobial Use
The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format.

Enrollment is closed.

Presenters: Peter Foley, MSc, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Sandra McConkey, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP
Lauren Eichstadt Forsythe, PharmD, FSVHP

Course Open: October 9-November 9, 2017
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Mondays, October 16, 23, and 30, 2017; 8:00-10:00 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 presenters 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 students actively interested in antimicrobial resistance stewardship.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary students. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 22-30596)

Course Information:
Antimicrobial resistance is an increasing problem in both human and veterinary medicine. Whenever an antimicrobial is used, it inadvertently selects for resistance by killing or inhibiting sensitive bacteria and leaving behind resistant organisms. As a result, medicines become ineffective and infections persist, increasing hospital times, cost and morbidity. Inappropriate antibiotic use can lead to superbugs that are difficult or impossible to treat with our current antibiotic options. This course will discuss the mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance, the use of "best" practices to avoid the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance, and awareness of the regulatory requirements.

Week 1 (Real Time Session October 16, 2017): Antimicrobial Resistance - Understanding the Problem
Presenter: Sandra McConkey, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 2 (Real Time Session October 23, 2017): Rational Antimicrobial Therapy for Small Animals: What to Choose for Specific Diseases
Presenter: Peter Foley, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 3 (Real Time Session October 30, 2017): Large Animal Antibiotic Use Considerations
Presenter: Lauren Eichstadt Forsythe, PharmD, FSVHP
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 Presenters:
Peter Foley graduated with a DVM degree from the University of Prince Edward Island, Atlantic Veterinary College. He completed a rotating small animal internship at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and a residency in small animal internal medicine at the Atlantic Veterinary College. He is a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and an Associate Professor of Companion Animal Medicine at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Sandra McConkey is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College and a board certified clinical pathologist (Dipl. ACVP). She received a PhD in the area of pharmacology in 2008 and has been an Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI, Canada since that time.

Lauren Eichstadt Forsythe graduated from the University of Findlay, College of Pharmacy in May 2015. Following completion of her PharmD degree, Dr. Forsythe completed a one year veterinary pharmacy residency at Purdue University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH). Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Forsythe started as a veterinary pharmacist at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

Total CE Credit: 6

Tuition: Member $138 ($124 early bird special if enrolled by September 25, 2017)
Non-Member $231 ($208 early bird special if enrolled by September 25, 2017)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on October 16th 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 (22-30596) is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 6 CE Credits, with a maximum of 6 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian. 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.

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

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

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