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VIN CE Course SAIM801-1115: Getting Through the Day: How to Make it Through the Day in GP, Module I
The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly audio format.
Please come prepared to listen.

Enrollment is closed.

Instructors: Carl Darby, MA, VETMB
Tom Hansen, DVM
Juliana Meadows, DVM
Susan P Cohen, DSW

Course Open: November 9-December 17, 2015
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Mondays, November 16, 23, 30, and December 7, 2015; 9:30-11:30 pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter

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 basic course is geared toward new grads looking for practical guidance as they venture forth into the unpredictable world of small animal general practice. It may also serve as a review for more experienced practitioners or as an introduction for those transitioning from other practice areas. There are no prerequisites.
VIN CE Course: Open to ALL recent grads and VIN members. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians. The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

Course Description:
This course is the first of a multiple module series designed to give an overview of common cases/presentations in small animal day practice. Different topics will be presented each week, and each discussion will include highlights on pathophysiology, case presentation, differentials, diagnostic approach, treatment recommendations, and case examples where appropriate. Important non-technical skills will also be included.

This course consists of four (4) 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.

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: There is no required textbook for this course.
Recommended Textbooks: About the Instructors:
Dr. Julie Meadows graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1988 with a focus in small animal medicine. She entered private practice in California's Central Valley, where she practiced small animal medicine, surgery and emergency medicine. After 20 years in private practice, including 10 as a practice owner, she returned to UC Davis where she is now Chief of Community Medicine and an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology.

Dr. Thomas Hansen is a recent graduate (2008) of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and works in the San Francisco East Bay (general practice and emergency). His favorite areas of practice are internal medicine, emergency medicine, and ultrasound. He is currently working towards becoming boarded in canine and feline practice (ABVP).

Dr. Carl Darby attended Cambridge University School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with honors in 1991. After working in private practice, Dr. Darby became a board certified specialist in avian medicine in 2003 and has owned Seneca Falls veterinary hospital since 2006.

Susan Cohen is Clinical Social Worker specializing in the Human-Animal bond. She spent 30 years at the Animal Medical Center in New York and now works as a consultant assisting veterinary practices with issues of communication stress and morale.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session November 16, 2015): Client Communications
Instructor: Susan P. Cohen, DSW
Content: This session will cover "money talk", euthanasia, compassion fatigue, and compliance.

Week 2 (Real Time Session November 23, 2015): Wellness
Instructor: Juliana Meadows, DVM
Content: This session will cover nutrition, common questions from clients, vaccines, preventatives (deworming, flea control), and behavior.

Week 3 (Real Time Session November 30, 2015): Common Presentations I (GI/Dermatology)
Instructor: Tom Hansen, DVM
Content: This session will provide an overview of common GI and skin-related presentations: pathophysiology review, generating differentials, developing a rational diagnostic/therapeutic plan, and case examples.

Week 4 (Real Time Session December 7, 2015): Common Presentations II (Ears/Eyes)
Instructor: Carl Darby, MA, VETMB
Content: This session will review common presentations of the ears and eyes.

CE Credits: 8

Tuition: FREE for 2013, 2014, and 2015 graduates.
Member $168 ($151 early bird special if enrolled by October 26, 2015)

The course content, transcripts, message board, and library will be made available to the general VIN membership after the course closes, but VIN members who just cannot wait may enroll at the standard cost.

Veterinary students (unless scheduled to graduate in 2015) are not eligible to enroll in this course but as a VIN member you will have access to the course content after the course closes.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on November 16, 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 8 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

VIN CE Services:
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