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VIN CE Course SAIM803-1114: Getting Through the Day: How to Make it Through the Day in GP, Module III
The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly audio format.
Please come prepared to listen.

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

Course Open: November 17-December 31, 2014
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Mondays, November 24, December 1, 8, and 15; 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 third 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 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.
Recommended Textbook(s): 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 2008 graduate 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.

Dr. Susan Cohen is a Social Worker specializing in the Human-Animal Bond. She spent 28 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 24, 2014): Anxiety and Empowerment
Instructor(s): Susan P. Cohen, DSW
Content: How to deal with common sources of anxiety as a new veterinarian as well as how to become a mentor in your practice.

Week 2 (Real Time Session December 1, 2014): Obstacles in Daily Practice
Instructor(s): Juliana Meadows, DVM
Content: Pet Insurance, drug interactions that trip you up/monitoring schedules for chronic medications, writing/calling in prescriptions, navigating compounding pharmacies, how to taper prednisone, EPA vs FDA.

Week 3 (Real Time Session December 8, 2014): Common Cases
Instructor(s): Tom Hansen, DVM
Content: A case-based presentation covering common cardiovascular, endocrine, and neurologic presentations seen in daytime general practice. Emphasis will be placed on the specific case but common differentials will also be addressed.

Week 4 (Real Time Session December 15, 2014): Soft Tissue Surgery and Respiratory Disease
Instructor(s): Carl Darby, MA, VETMB
Content: Common respiratory diseases of dogs and cats, including upper respiratory infections, sinus disease, laryngeal paralysis, collapsing trachea, pneumonia, asthma, bronchitis, and lung neoplasia. Soft tissue surgery, including handling of soft tissues and good surgical techniques, techniques and complications associated with spay and neuter of dogs and cats, and mass removal and laceration repair in dogs and cats.

CE Credits: 8

Tuition: FREE for 2012, 2013 and 2014 graduates.
The course content, the course transcript, message board and library will be made available to the general VIN membership after the course closes, but VIN members who just can't wait may enroll at the standard course cost:
VIN members $168 ($151 early bird special if enrolled by November 3, 2014)

Veterinary students (unless scheduled to graduate in 2014) are not eligible to enroll in this course (but as a VIN member, you will have access to the content after the class).

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close at 5 pm ET on November 24, 2014 or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

** NOTE: As space is limited, we request that you enroll in this course only if you will be attending the real-time sessions or will be completing the requirements for a CE certificate. If your interest is solely in the course content, the course transcript, message board and library will be available to the general VIN membership directly after the course closes.

*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 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.

The CE team:

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

VIN CE Services:
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 797
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: (014522) 26154
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from Australia: 011 +61 26 145-2357

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