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SAIM400-0606: Current Thought on Diagnosis and Treatment of Hypothyroidism
Educational sponsor: Intervet

Ellen Behrend, VMD, MS, PhD, DACVIM
Carol Foil, DVM, MS, DACVD

June 27 - July 4, 2006
Real-time session: Tuesday, June 27, 9:30 - 11:00 pm ET (US)

Course Description
The course will review the basics of thyroid axis physiology and pathophysiology, especially as they impact diagnostic testing. Clinical manifestations and testing methods will be considered. Current thoughts on appropriate therapy will be reviewed.


  1. Tune up on the basic physiology of normal thyroid function including hypothalamic and pituitary control and thyroid hormone production and peripheral metabolism so that practitioners can better interpret thyroid tests and understand the non-thyroidal influences on these tests.
  2. Basic review of pathophysiology, including immune-mediated mechanisms, as it impacts on accurate diagnosis of hypothyroidism
  3. Review the well-established and not so well-established clinical signs associated with hypothyroidism in the dog. Review the dermatologic consequences of hypothyroidism.
  4. Review the ins and outs of the diagnosis of hypothyroidism including a review of available tests and interpretation of tests.
  5. Review the principles of therapy, pitfalls that might be encountered in therapy and the products currently available in the United States for treatment of hypothyroidism in dogs.
Discussions will begin on the start date of the course and continue for 7 days following the last real-time session.


FREE (Course tuition sponsored by Intervet)
Attendance at the real-time session is open to ALL veterinarians and veterinary students and does not require registration. You simply need to go to on Tuesday, June 27 at 9:30 pm ET (USA) and click on the banner for the Hypothyroid course. All who attend the real-time session will receive a transcript by email. Registration is needed if you are interested in obtaining CE credits and will be participating at the real-time session and the course message boards.

Please remember that all VIN members will have access to the transcript and course library materials, so it is not necessary to register if you are a VIN member, unless you are interested in CE credit.

Registration WILL CLOSE on or before Friday, June 23, 2006 at 8pm ET (USA) as soon as the course capacity is reached. Free courses fill up quickly, so enroll now!
Course enrollment is now closed

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Required Textbook: None

Recommended Textbook: None

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"This program was reviewed and approved by AAVSB's RACE program for continuing education. Please contact the AAVSB's RACE program at should you have any comments/suggestions regarding this program's validity or relevance to the veterinary profession."

COURSE WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY: Withdrawal prior to the listed start date of a course entitles the registrant to a complete refund or a credit toward a future VIN CE course, whichever is preferred. Withdrawal within 1 week after the listed start date (i.e. including no more than one real-time session) entitles the registrant to a credit toward any future VIN CE course. (Does not apply to courses with only one real-time session.) After the first real-time session, a registrant may withdraw due to special circumstances and receive prorated credit towards a future VIN course. These requests will be handled on an individual basis. The amount of the prorated credit will be determined based on 65% of the time remaining in the course at the time of withdrawal. It is not possible to withdraw retroactively.

Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 1-800-700-INFO.

Debbie Friedler
Continual Education Division
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