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TECH157-0911: Equine Diagnostic Imaging and Emergency Medicine

INSTRUCTOR(S): Cindy Ann Shower, DVM

COURSE OPEN: September 22-October 30, 2011

REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Thursdays, September 29, October 6, 13, and 20, 2011; 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 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 designed to give the basic understanding of different imaging modalities used and common emergency issues encountered in an ambulatory equine practice.
VSPN CE Course: This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians only.

Course Description:
This course is designed to give the basic understanding of difference imaging modalities used in equine practice. From the workhorse of radiography to the exotic allure of MRI, CT scan and Scintography, the course will discuss the basic principles of each imaging method; when their use is indicated, and limitations of its use. The most commonly requested equine limb radiographic views requested of an ambulatory practitioner will be covered in more depth. Additionally, the basics of emergency medicine to encompass splint use and application, emergency drugs to have on hand, controlling hemorrhage, respiratory emergencies, and foaling emergencies will be discussed.

The course will consist of four (4) Real Time Sessions of ninety (90) minutes each, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, a mandatory end-of-course test, and may include online multiple choice quizzes (after each Real Time Session). Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to be considered for a course certificate of completion.

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.

TECH157-0911: Equine Diagnostic Imaging and Emergency Medicine - Continual Education - VIN Required Texbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.
Recommended Textbooks:

About the Instructor: Dr. Shower has a special interest in equine medicine and surgery and raises Ponies of the Americas when off duty from working at her practice in North Carolina. Dr. Ann was the principal large animal (equine) practitioner for Rabun Animal Hospital in Mountain City Georgia, previous owner of Leap of Faith Mobile Veterinary Services which emphasized equine work, and currently retains a high interest in equine work and equine relief. She currently practices in western North Carolina and Hawaii. She is the course instructor for several equine related VSPN CE courses in conjunction with the AAEVT certification.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session September 29): Radiography, Basic but Bountiful
Content: Our first lecture will include an overview of the principles of radiography, how to position the horse for radiographs, technique correction to obtain diagnostic films, and some landmarks to use in identifying anatomy on films.

Week 2 (Real Time Session October 6): MRI, CT, Thermography, Scintography: Oh the allure of the exotic (and expensive)
Content: The second week will cover basic principles of advanced imaging modalities, their use, indications, and limitations.

Week 3 (Real Time Session October 13): ABC-123; It is an Emergency, Part 1
Content: Part 1 of emergencies will cover commonly used emergency drugs, review of vital signs, and colic recognition and treatment/stabilization options in the field. We will discuss what constitutes an emergency and how to be an efficient, cool-headed advantage in an emergency situation. Stabilization of limbs and how to correctly apply coaptation devices will be discussed.

Week 4 (Real Time Session October 20): ABC-123; It is an Emergency, Part 2
Content: Part 2 of emergency medicine continues with a look at ophthalmic emergencies, head trauma, recognizing foaling emergencies, and what to do until the veterinarian arrives.


Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by September 8, 2011).
*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).
** 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.

**For more 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 has been submitted for approval for 6 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).
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).
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