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VIN CE Course SAIM202-1016: Pattern Recognition - Localizing the Cause of Respiratory Distress in Dogs and Cats
The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format.

Enrollment is closed.

Presenters: Tony Johnson DVM, DACVECC;
Christopher Byers DVM, DACVECC, DACVIM (SAIM), CVJ

Course Open: October 5-22, 2016
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesday, October 12, 2016; 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 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 intermediate level course will be open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists actively interested in respiratory distress in dogs and cats.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists . This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists .

Course Information:
The initial approach to a patient with respiratory distress is of utmost importance as it can determine whether these critical patients live or die. The first step in examining a patient with a respiratory emergency is to perform a primary survey, efficiently evaluating airway, breathing, and circulation (ABCs). A clinician should evaluate the patient's breathing pattern and work of breathing; particular attention should be given to the phase of breathing affected and effort should be made to determine if the breathing pattern is obstructive or restrictive. Anatomical localization of the cause of respiratory distress is assessed through a "look, listen and feel" approach, and may be a very powerful tool for assessing underlying structural changes.

Week 1 (Real Time Session October 12, 2016): Respiratory Distress in Cats and Dogs
Presenters: Tony Johnson, DVM, DACVECC;
Christopher Byers, DVM, DACVECC, DACVIM (SAIM), CVJ
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:
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 was on faculty at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine for several years, and has lectured at many local, national and international 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.

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 recently completed her 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 25, 23 and 21 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.

Christopher Byers is the Medical Director at VCA MidWest Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center in Omaha, Nebraska. He received his BS degree in Animal Sciences from Colorado State University, and his DVM from Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine. He is board-certified in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care, as well as small animal internal medicine. He is also a Certified Veterinary Journalist in the American Society of Veterinary Journalists. Dr. Byers enjoys clinical research, and his current areas of interest include immune-mediated diseases and abdominal compartment syndrome. He publishes a weekly blog for pet owners: with the sole purpose of educating pet parents about the benefits of partnering with board-certified veterinary specialists. He has co-authored the textbook, "Handbook of Veterinary Emergency Protocols: Dog and Cat."

Total CE Credit: 2

Tuition: Member $42 ($38 early bird special if enrolled by September 21, 2016)
Non-Member $103 ($93 early bird special if enrolled by September 21, 2016)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on October 12, 2016 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 (RACE program number to be determined) has been submitted for approval by AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 2 CE Credits, with a maximum of 2 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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