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VIN CE Course REPR200-0317: Genetics, Epigenetics, and Stem Cells
The first lecture will be presented in a text format. The following lectures will be presented in an audio format.

Enrollment is closed.

Presenters: Kathleen Cavanagh, Honors BSc, DVM, MET
Jennifer G. Barrett, DVM, Ph.D., Diplomate ACVS
Jerold S. Bell, DVM
Michael Golding, BSc, PhD

Course Open: March 29-May 6, 2017
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, and 26, 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.

*Three of 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 interested in genetics as applied to everyday veterinary practice. The scope of the course will not provide training in application of the new technology (such as stem cells) but act to introduce the generalist to the field.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 22-28636)

Course Information:
Genetics, Epigenetics, Stem Cells - these are all rapidly evolving areas of biotech science that sometime seem magical because of the pace of innovation. Epigenetics is an exciting newer field that deals with the controllers of genetic code expression. Stem cell therapy is a still-evolving treatment modality that takes advantage of the primitive cell code that can be expressed to achieve differentiation, in order to produce a regenerative therapy. Genetic counseling and testing, and breed-related disorders are clinical practice areas that have changed rapidly over the last few years.

We will provide practical updates that can impact the way you practice veterinary medicine, both now, and moving forward! Though epigenetics is still "in the incubator", developments here are expected to revolutionize medicine (development, pharmacology, nutrition, and individualized patient care).

The more we test the more we find conditions that are genetic related. Epigenetics is an explanation for differing gene expression related to internal and external environmental factors. Stem cells are providing an exciting new direction in regenerative medicine.

Week 1 (Real Time Session April 5, 2017): Basic Concepts of Genetics/Epigenetics/Stem Cell Therapy
Presenter: Dr. Kathleen Cavanagh, Honors BSc, DVM, MET
Format: Text
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 2 (Real Time Session April 12, 2017): Genetic Testing and Counseling, and Breed-Related Disorders
Presenter: Dr. Jerold Bell, DVM
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 3 (Real Time Session April 19, 2017): Stem Cells/Regenerative Medicine
Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Barrett, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 4 (Real Time Session April 26, 2017): Epigenetics
Presenter: Dr. Michael Golding, BSc, 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 Presenters:
Jennifer (Jen) Barrett is the Theodora Ayer Randolph Professor at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center at Virginia Tech. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is a founder and currently Chair of the North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Association. She manages the Regenerative Medicine Service at EMC, and her research interests include stem cell and platelet rich plasma therapy, and healing of the cartilage, tendon and ligament tissues. She applies her regenerative medicine skills in horses and dogs primarily.

Jerold (Jerry) Bell is an internationally-known clinical genetics consultant and lecturer. He is Adjunct Professor at the Cummings School at Tufts, and owns Freshwater Veterinary Hospital in Enfield, CT. He serves on the hereditary diseases committee of the World Small Animal Veterinary Medical Association, the Board of Directors of the OFA, and the AKC Canine Health & Welfare Advisory Panel. He is author of "Veterinary Medical Guide to Dog & Cat Breeds" (Teton New Media) with Cavanagh, Tilley, and Smith. He was the director of the Tufts Canine and Feline Breeding & Genetics conferences from 2003-2015. Proceedings from these conferences can be found through the VIN service. Dr. Bell and his wife Candice breed and show Gordon Setters in conformation, hunt test, obedience, and dock diving.

Kathleen (Kathy) Cavanagh has been a veterinarian for 29 years. She had a second parallel career to veterinary medicine in educational technology, instructional design, writing and editing. Her projects have been developed for presentation online, in print and disc-based, and for both veterinary professionals and the public. For the last seven years she has been an online nutrition instructor for University of Guelph/Equine Guelph, and is a part-time practitioner and was a feline-exclusive practitioner for 10 years. The 2012 Teton New Media book co-authored with Bell, Smith and Tilley reflects her ongoing clinical interest in epigenetics/genetics and metabolic disturbances, especially relating to nutrition and cardiology.

Michael Golding is an Associate Professor at Texas A&M. His research interests include fetal physiology and epigenetic programming. His special interest is in the epigenetics of early mammalian development and the impact of the environment and nutrients have on programming. He has published articles about this area of research in multiple species including dogs, and is part of the eight-faculty member TAMU veterinary team researching exciting new developments in genetics, epigenetics, and evolving diagnostic tests for inherited disease and traits.

Total CE Credit: 8

Tuition: Member $184 ($166 early bird special if enrolled by March 13, 2017)
Non-Member $292 ($263 early bird special if enrolled by March 13, 2017)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on April 3, 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 (22-28636) is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 8 CE Credits, with a maximum of 8 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.
* 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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