VIN DIAG222-0220: Introduction to Dialysis and Related Extracorporeal Therapies

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

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Presenter: Armi Pigott, DVM, DACVECC
Course Open: February 24-March 19, 2020
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Mondays, March 2 and 9, 2020; 8:00-10:00 pm ET (USA)
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Level and Prerequisites: This basic course will be open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists actively interested in dialysis and related treatments.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. (RACE 22-39527)

Course Information:
This course is an introduction to dialysis and the related therapies used in veterinary medicine for management of acute kidney injury, drug overdose/toxin exposure, and immune-mediated diseases.

Week 1 (Real Time Session March 2, 2020): Introduction to Hemodialysis and it's Role in Kidney Disease
Presenter: Dr. Armi Pigott, DVM, DACVECC
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Describe, in general, how hemodialysis removes substances from the blood.
  • Describe, in general, the types of substances hemodialysis can remove, and what it can’t remove.
  • Recognize patients who may be candidates for hemodialysis.
  • Discuss, in general, the role of hemodialysis in management of kidney disease with a pet owner.
  • Discuss, in general, other aspects of care that may be involved for a patient receiving hemodialysis to treat kidney injury.

Week 2 (Real Time Session March 9, 2020): Hemoperfusion, Therapeutic Plasma Exchange, and the Role in Managing Poisoned Patients, and Patients with Immune-Mediated Disease
Presenter: Dr. Armi Pigott, DVM, DACVECC
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Describe, in general, how hemoperfusion and therapeutic plasma exchange remove substances from the blood.
  • Describe, in general, the types of substances that can be removed from the blood by hemoperfusion and therapeutic plasma exchange.
  • Describe, in general, how hemoperfusion and therapeutic plasma exchange are used to treat a poisoned patient.
  • Describe, in general, how therapeutic plasma exchange is used to treat patients with immune-mediated disease.
  • Discuss, in general, the role of hemoperfusion and therapeutic plasma exchange in the management of poisoning or immune-mediated disease with a pet owner.
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 Presenter(s):
Armi Pigott is a 2009 graduate of Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed his residency at the Animal Emergency Center and achieved board certification in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2014. He is currently a full-time clinically practicing Criticalist and mentors interns and ACVECC residents at Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists in Milwaukee, WI. His special interests include resuscitation from shock, advanced wound management, and care of the polytrauma patient.

Total CE Credit: 4

Tuition: Member $92 ($83 early bird special if enrolled by February 10, 2020)
Non-Member $169 ($152 early bird special if enrolled by February 10, 2020)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on March 2, 2020 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 (22-39527) is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 4 CE Credits, with a maximum of 4 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian or veterinary technician/technologist. 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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