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SAIM710-0312: Diagnosis and Treatment of Canine Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing's)

INSTRUCTOR(S): Patty Lathan, VMD, MS, Diplomate ACVIM and Todd Archer, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM
COURSE OPEN: March 25-April 18, 2012
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Sundays, April 1 and 8; 9:30-11:30 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. Times and dates will be listed in your course confirmation email. Expect to spend up to 1 hour at one of the 2-4 practice sessions held prior to the first Real Time Session.

Level and Prerequisites: This course is open to participants with any level of experience with diagnosis and treatment of hyperadrenocorticism. It is geared towards veterinarians seeking a refresher on the diagnosis of hyperadrenocorticism, and practitioners that would like more guidance on the use of trilostane.

VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians only.

Course Description:
This course will detail the diagnosis and medical management of canine hyperadrenocorticism. The instructors will have an overview of available options for medical management of hyperadrenocorticism, with a more detailed discussion on the use of trilostane.

This course consists of two (2) 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.

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.
Recommended textbooks:

About the Instructors:
Todd Archer completed veterinary school at Mississippi State University, and loved it so much that he stayed for an internal medicine residency, and is now a member of the faculty. He recently obtained board certification by ACVIM.

Patty Lathan received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a small animal internal medicine residency at Purdue University. Following board certification by the ACVIM, she returned to Mississippi State University, where she had previously completed her internship.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session April 1): Diagnosis of hyperadrenocorticism
Instructor(s): Patty Lathan, VMD, MS, Diplomate ACVIM
Content: Clinical signs, minimum database findings, and definitive diagnosis (including screening and differentiating tests) of canine hyperadrenocorticism.

Week 2 (Real Time Session April 8): Treatment of hyperadrenocorticism
Instructor(s): Todd Archer, DVM
Content: Medical treatment and monitoring (including mitotane and trilostane), treatment complications, and other modes of treatment.


Tuition: Member $80 ($72 early bird special if enrolled by March 11, 2012).
Non-Member $150 ($135 early bird special if enrolled by March 11, 2012).

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a weekend, course enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.


  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 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email (VIN CE) or (VSPN CE) Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is submitted for approval for 4 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 Course Catalog at

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator

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