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TECH154-1010: Equine Anatomy and Physiology

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INSTRUCTOR(S): Cindy Ann Shower, DVM

COURSE OPEN: October 25-December 29, 2010

REAL TIME SESSIONS: Sundays, October 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28, and December 5, 12, 19, 2010; 9:30pm-11:00pm 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 RTS. 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 RTS.

Level and Prerequisites: All members of the veterinary support staff may join the course and its discussions; however, this course is focused toward veterinary personnel interested in equine anatomy and physiology for a basis of understanding equine medicine and nursing. This is a basic to intermediate course.
VSPN CE course: open to all VIN members and VSPN members. This course has been submitted to RACE and North Carolina for approval for veterinary technicians.

Course Description:
This course is designed to give the basic understanding of NORMAL equine anatomy and physiology. Special attention will be given to understanding form versus function when discussing each lesson. Each lesson will be designed around a system approach with discussion of the anatomy of a body system and then the physiology of the system presented.

The course will be presented in eight (8) 90 minute real time interactive live sessions and will include textbook reading assignments and exercises, online handouts, quizzes, and message board discussion interaction with both the instructor and other course participants.

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.
Highly recommended: An equine anatomy and physiology text. The following texts are recommended for all animals, but will help the participant with how organ systems work together:

About the Instructor: Cindy Ann Shower, DVM has a special interest in equine medicine and surgery and raises Ponies of the Americas when off duty from working. Dr. Shower was the principal large animal (equine) practitioner for Rabun Animal Hospital in Mountain City Georgia and previous owner of Leap of Faith Mobile Veterinary Services which emphasized equine work. She currently retains a high interest in equine work and equine relief, currently practices mixed species medicine, splitting her time between clinics in the mountains of North Carolina and islands of Hawaii.

Course Outline:

Week 1: Back to Basics
Content: Our first lecture will include an overview and review of basic anatomical terms and processes. We will also cover the integument (skin) of the horse, its structure and function.

Week 2: Musculoskeletal System Part 1
Content: The first half of musculoskeletal system will focus on the physiology of muscle movement.

Week 3: Musculoskeletal System Part 2
Content: The second half of musculoskeletal system will emphasize major muscle groups and their functions

Week 4: Cardiopulmonary System
Content: These lectures will emphasis the anatomy and physiology of the heart, lungs, and vasculature system of the horse. The lymphatic system will also be covered during this section

Week 5: Gastrointestinal System
Content: The gastrointestinal system anatomy, physiology, its function, and its limitations will be discussed. Although not a disease oriented course colic will be discussed.

Week 6: Ophthalmology/Neurology
Content: Basic neuron anatomy and physiology and the equine eye will be discussed. Special adaptations of the equine eye will be mentioned.

Week 7: Endocrine/Immunology
Content: The endocrine system, its purpose and its physiology will be covered. The immune system, its structure, purpose and physiology will be covered.

Week 8: Reproduction
Content: Anatomy of the male and female equine reproductive systems will be described. Physiology of both systems along with emphasis on the estrus cycle, spermatogenesis, and fetal development will be covered.


TUITION: $250 ($216 early bird special if enrolled by October 11, 2010).
*Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CAAHT approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status). You must include the following information in the comments section of the CE enrollment form in order to be eligible for this discount: your program director's name and contact information (email/phone) and school name.

** 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 will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

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Note: This course has been submitted for approval for 12 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 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).
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