VIN DIAG212-1019: A Unique In-'Cyte': Collaborative Evaluation of Small Animal Cytology

The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a webinar platform.

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Presenters: Adam Honeckman, DVM, DACVIM
Rebekah G. Gunn-Christie, DVM, DACVP
Course Open: October 16-November 30, 2019
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, October 23, 30, November 6, 13 and 20, 2019; 9:00-11:00 pm ET (USA)
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To prepare for your online experience, please review the VIN/VSPN CE informational video prior to the course open date.

Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course will be open to veterinarians actively interested in cytology topics.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians.

Course Information:
This course offers veterinarians a unique perspective on cytology from both an internist and a clinical pathologist teaching in tandem. This allows for discussion of:
  • how to obtain diagnostic samples.
  • how to interpret cytology in conjunction with history, physical exam, laboratory data, and diagnostic imaging.
  • how to use cytologic information to optimize a treatment plan.
Week 1 (Real Time Session October 23, 2019): Introduction to Cytology
Presenters: Adam Honeckman, DVM, DACVIM and Rebekah G. Gunn-Christie, DVM, DACVP
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • learn indications for cytology.
  • learn how to obtain and process samples for either in-clinic or commercial laboratory.
  • learn the pros and cons of cytology vs. histopathology.
  • how to classify samples as inflammatory, hyperplastic, or neoplastic.
  • how to classify neoplasms as epithelial, spindle cells, discrete round cells.
Week 2 (Real Time Session October 30, 2019): Cytology of Body Fluids
Presenters: Adam Honeckman, DVM, DACVIM and Rebekah G. Gunn-Christie, DVM, DACVP
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • how to obtain and process samples for fluid analysis for either in-clinic or commercial laboratory.
  • how to classify fluid as hemorrhagic, transudate, modifies transudate, chylous, exudate, or neoplastic effusion.
  • how to use the fluid analysis results to help rank the differential diagnosis list for a patient.
Week 3 (Real Time Session November 6, 2019): Office Hours
Presenters: Adam Honeckman, DVM, DACVIM and Rebekah G. Gunn-Christie, DVM, DACVP
Format: Audio
*** The RTS 3 webinar will be a question and answer session. Attendance is optional. ***

Week 4 (Real Time Session November 13, 2019): Cytology of Internal Organs Part I
Presenters: Adam Honeckman, DVM, DACVIM and Rebekah G. Gunn-Christie, DVM, DACVP
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • how to use the principles of week 1 to help diagnose cases of the liver, spleen, abdominal lymph nodes and bone marrow
Week 5 (Real Time Session November 20, 2019): Cytology of Internal Organs Part 2
Presenters: Adam Honeckman, DVM, DACVIM and Rebekah G. Gunn-Christie, DVM, DACVP
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • how to use the principles from week 1 to help diagnose cases involving the kidneys, bladder, prostate, and GI tract
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.

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.

About the Presenters:
Adam Honeckman joined the VIN team of consultants in 2008. He graduated from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1992 and completed an internship at Purdue in 1993. After 4 years of general practice in Chicago, he began a small animal internal medicine residency at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. He currently owns and operates a mobile internal medicine practice in the Orlando area.

Rebekah G. Gunn-Christie received her DVM from North Carolina State University in 2004 and completed a Clinical Pathology residency at the University of Florida in 2007. Dr. Gunn-Christie is a diplomate of the ACVP in clinical pathology. Dr. Gunn-Christie is currently employed by Antech Diagnostics and is a VIN consultant. She spends her spare time homesteading, taking care of her chickens, bees and garden.

Total CE Credit: 8

Tuition: Member $184 ($166 early bird special if enrolled by October 2, 2019)
Non-Member $292 ($263 early bird special if enrolled by October 2, 2019)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on October 23, 2019 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
  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 @vspn.org and @vin.com 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.
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"This program (RACE program number to be determined) has been submitted for approval by AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 8 CE Credits, with a maximum of 8 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Medical, using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance: (Web-based, Teleconference or Audio-Conference). This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements."

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.

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

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