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TECH191-0211: Equine Diseases Overview

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INSTRUCTOR(S): Shelley Shopsowitz, RVT, BA

COURSE OPEN: February 25-April 6, 2011

REAL TIME SESSIONS: Sundays, March 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2011; 8:00pm-9:30pm 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 technicians, veterinary assistants and ancillary staff working in equine practice. VSPN CE course: open to all VIN members and VSPN members. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians.

Course Description:
Equine pathological conditions can have a negative economic impact on performance animals such as race horses and breeding sires and mares. Horses that are kept as animals either for riding or for companionship may also become ill causing heartbreak and disappointment to their owners and caretakers. It is useful for those working in animal care facilities and veterinary clinics to have a good understanding of diseases that can affect horses as well as control of transmission of these diseases from animal to animal.

The course will be presented in four (4) 90 minute real time interactive live sessions each covering library course materials, discussion of situations and cases, interactive message boards to discuss the Real Time Sessions, and multiple choice online quizzes as well as a mandatory end-of-course exam. Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of course-exam is required to be considered for the 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.

Recommended Reading:

About the Instructor: Ms. Shopsowitz has taught numerous courses online with VSPN CE and has a multi-species educational background.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session March 6): Diseases of the Digestive System and the Respiratory System
Content: We will look at digestive and respiratory diseases in horses. Examples of diseases to be considered are the various types of colic in horses, recurrent airway obstruction and transmissible respiratory diseases, including their causes, symptoms and treatment options. Laminitis/founder will also be included in this section.

Week 2 (Real Time Session March 13): Diseases of the Reproductive System and the Endocrine System
Content: We will discuss reproductive abnormalities in breeding males and females as well as congenital problems and diseases of the newborn. The endocrine system will be considered as well both for its affect on the reproductive system as well as its involvement in specific disease processes such as, for example, Cushing's disease in horses.

Week 3 (Real Time Session March 20): Emergency First Aid, Wound Care and Miscellaneous Diseases
Content: We will discuss what constitutes an emergency and what first aid treatments can be undertaken and how to look after emergencies. Treatment options including common medicines used in horses and administration options. We will also look at miscellaneous diseases such as diseases of the nervous system and important diseases such as Potomac Horse Fever and Equine Infectious Anemia.

Week 4 (Real Time Session March 27): Health and Disease Prevention
Content: We will consider ways of maintaining healthy horses. Vaccinations, parasite control and maintenance of a healthy environment for horses including control of disease transmission will all be discussed.


Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by February 11, 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). 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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  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.
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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).
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