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TECH187-1010: Equine Toxicities

Cindy Ann Shower, DVM

October 4-27, 2010
Real Time Sessions: Sunday evenings, October 10 and 17, 2010; 9:00pm-10:30pm ET (USA)

This course is designed to expose the participant to a basic understanding of plant toxicity in equines. Emphasis will be on common toxic plants found in North America and Hawaii. The course will discuss the mechanism of action for the different classes of plants, common plants in each class, as well as plant identification and treatment of toxicity.

The course will be presented in two (2) 90 minute real time interactive live sessions and will include online handouts, quizzes, and message board discussion interaction with both the instructor and other course participants. Dr. Shower has a special interest in equine medicine and surgery and raises Ponies of the Americas when off duty from clinical work. Dr. Shower splits her practice time between practices in the North Carolina Mountains where she enjoys trail riding, endurance and showing and practicing in Hawaii in clinical and humane work. She is the course instructor for several equine related VSPN CE courses in conjunction with the AAEVT certification.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to

There is no required text for this course.
The following text is a useful for reference if desired. COURSE OUTLINE:

Week 1: Plant toxicities-how they work
Content: Our first lecture will include an overview of the principles of the toxicity mechanisms of the different classes of plants. Examples of the different classes will be provided via photos.

Week 2: How to treat or better yet, prevent your horse or your client's horses from becoming a toxicity victim.
Content: The second week will cover prevention of toxic plant exposure and how to treat equines that have become victims. We will also have more overview of additional plants through the use of photos and descriptions.


$60 ($54 early bird special if enrolled by September 20, 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.

** NOTE: Enrollment will be closed when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the Friday before the first real time session.

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Note: "This course has been submitted for approval for 3 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).
This course has also been submitted for approval for continual education units toward CVPM requirements through VHMA.
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