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VIN CE Course SAIM202-1013: Pattern Recognition: Localizing the Cause of Respiratory Distress in Dogs & Cats

Enrollment is closed.

Christopher Byers, DVM, ACVECC, ACVIM (SAIM)

COURSE OPEN: October 28-November 13, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Sunday, November 3, 2013; 8:00-10:00 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 instructors 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 and veterinary technicians actively interested in respiratory distress in dogs and cats.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians. This course has been RACE approved for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

Course Description:
Respiratory distress is a common presenting sign for dogs and cats, especially in emergency hospitals. Effective emergency management is achieved by identifying the anatomic location of the pattern. Recognizing respiratory patterns helps with efficient localization.

This course consists of one (1) 2-hour Real Time Session, 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 Journal: About the Instructors:
Dr. Tony Johnson is a 1996 graduate of Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing a one-year internship in California, he chose to pursue a three-year residency in emergency medicine and critical care at Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland, Oregon. In October, 2003 he became ACVECC board certified. Dr. Johnson went on to practice critical care medicine in Chicago, Illinois and Gaithersburg Maryland before joining VIN. He is also on faculty and runs the critical care unit at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, and has lectured at several local and national veterinary conferences. He was inadvertently voted Speaker of the Year for the Western Veterinary Conference for 2010, and has somehow won several teaching awards. Dr. Johnson's special interests include pain management, bacon, mechanical ventilation, trauma, blood banking and transfusion medicine. In his free time, he enjoys woodworking, blogging, counting his vast fortune in debt, cooking, SCUBA diving and raising his 2 young sons and daughter. He is married to Gretchen Statz, also a veterinary criticalist.

Dr. Amy Carr is the managing partner at California Veterinary Specialists' Murrieta facility where she also oversees emergency and critical care services. She is the director for CVS' internship and residency programs. Dr. Carr obtained her DVM from the University of MN in 1988 and has practiced emergency medicine exclusively since then. After completing an alternate track residency, she became a diplomate of the American College of Emergency and Critical Care in 1999. She is an active volunteer for the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and is currently serving a second term as regent. She is a consultant in emergency and critical care for the Veterinary Information Network. When not working she is trying to herd her three children, ages 22, 20 and 18 toward responsible adulthood. She is married to her best friend, business and life partner Tim Concannon, also an emergency specialist. In addition to their three human kids, one neurotic cat and one goofy Irish setter complete the household.

Dr. Byers is the faculty criticalist and internist at MidWest Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Emergency/Critical Care at Kansas State University. He is a VIN consultant for the Emergency and Internal Medicine folders, and have published several peer-reviewed manuscript and textbook chapters. He is also the co-author of the textbook, "Handbook of Veterinary Emergency Protocols: Dog and Cat."

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session November 3, 2013)
  1. Localization of Respiratory Distress
    • Upper airway diseases
    • Small airway diseases
    • Pleural space disease
    • Pulmonary parenchymal diseases
    • Chest wall disorders
    • Diaphragmatic abnormalities
    • Pulmonary thromboembolism
    • Look-a-likes

  2. Supplemental Oxygen Support
    • Flow-by
    • Nasal catheterization
    • Nasal cannulation
    • Modified Elizabethan collar (i.e.: Crowe collar)
    • Oxygen cage
    • Oxygen tent


Tuition: Member $40 ($36 early bird special if enrolled by October 13, 2013)
Non-Member $98 ($88 early bird special if enrolled by October 13, 2013)

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close at 5pm ET October 28, 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.
  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 sapproved for 2 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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