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VIN CE Course SAIM401-0715: Treating Diabetes Mellitus
The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly audio format.
Please come prepared to listen.

Enrollment is closed.

Instructor: Stijn Niessen, DVM, PhD, ECVIM-CA Internal Medicine
Course Open: July 24-September 10, 2015
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Sundays, August 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2015; 2:00-4:00 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 actively interested in the etiology, pathophysiology and treatment of diabetes mellitus. Participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of the disease.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians. The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

Course Description:
The fields of canine and feline diabetes mellitus have seen many changes over the last decade in terms of what we think are causative factors and what we think constitutes gold standard treatment. However, many factors remain unknown and with the advent of new insulin types, incretin-based therapies, internet fora, increasing numbers of pet owners being diabetic themselves and a financial crisis to battle with, dealing with this disease has perhaps never been as complicated.

This course aims to provide a balanced view on all recent developments, always trying to stay close to actual evidence. As such, it should provide participants with the most up-to-date knowledge when it comes to understanding and treating diabetes mellitus, ready to face even the most critical client.

Issues discussed will include the genetic background to companion animal diabetes mellitus, how to achieve diabetic remission, the use of novel insulin analogues and GLP-1 based therapy, protocols for dealing with diabetic keto-acidosis and structural approaches to the most challenging diabetic cases.

This course consists of five (5) 2-hour Real Time Sessions, 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.

To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

*The lecture portion of this course will be an audio presentation, please be prepared to listen.

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.

About the Instructors:
Stijn Niessen is a Senior Lecturer and Co-Head of Internal Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College in London, UK. He is a board-certified internist with a PhD in diabetes mellitus. As part of his clinical activities Dr Niessen runs a dedicated Diabetic Remission Clinic, a Hypophysectomy Clinic and an Acromegalic Cat Clinic. Dr Niessen is also a VIN Endocrinology consultant and currently Vice-President of The European Society of Veterinary Endocrinology.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session August 2, 2015)
Content: Week 2 (Real Time Session August 9, 2015)
Content: Week 3 (Real Time Session August 16, 2015)
Content: Week 4 (Real Time Session August 23, 2015)
Content: Week 5 (Real Time Session August 30, 2015)
Content: CE Credits: 10

Tuition: Member $210 ($189 early bird special if enrolled by July 10, 2015)
Non-Member $320 ($288 early bird special if enrolled by July 10, 2015)

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on July 31, 2015 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.
*Note: "This course is approved for 10 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 VIN CE at 800-846-0028 ext. 797 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 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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