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VIN CE Course EXOT011-0316: Exotic Small Mammal Medicine
The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format.

Enrollment is closed.

Presenter(s): Drury Reavill, DVM, ABVP, DABVP (Avian and Reptile & Amphibian Practice), DACVP
Rose Ann Fiskett, VMD, DABVP (Exotic Companion Mammals)

Course Open: March 22-April 15, 2016
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, March 29 and April 5; 8:00-10:00 pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter

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. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session is up to 1 hour in length. For more information, please visit the CE Practice Area.

*The presenters for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen. If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend one of the Practice Sessions.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic course is geared toward veterinary students but is open to practitioners interested in reviewing small exotic mammal diseases and some diagnostic options.
VIN CE Course: Open to VIN members and veterinary students. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 22-19463)

Course Information:
This course provides an overview of the common diseases seen in small exotic mammals. We will discuss handling techniques, presentation, clinical signs, diagnostics, treatment and lesions of common diseases in hamsters, mice, rats, gerbils, guinea pigs, chinchillas, rabbits, ferrets, sugar gliders, ground hogs and hedgehogs.

Week 1 (Real Time Session March 29, 2016): Hamsters, Mice, Rats, Gerbils, Guinea Pigs, and Chinchillas
Presenter(s): Drury Reavill, DVM, ABVP, DABVP (Avian and Reptile & Amphibian Practice), DACVP
Rose Ann Fiskett, VMD, DABVP (Exotic Companion Mammals)
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 2 (Real Time Session April 5, 2016): Rabbits, Ferrets, Sugar Gliders, Ground Hogs, and Hedgehogs
Presenter(s): Drury Reavill, DVM, ABVP, DABVP (Avian and Reptile & Amphibian Practice), DACVP
Rose Ann Fiskett, VMD, DABVP (Exotic Companion Mammals)
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to 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):
Dr. Drury Reavill is a VIN consultant (Aquatic Animal Medicine Folder) and has over 25 years of experience in avian and exotic clinical practice, laboratory diagnostics and pathology.
She graduated from Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986 and practiced at the Avian Medical Center of Sacramento, as well as provided clinical consultation and laboratory services to practitioners through California Avian Laboratory (a national service exclusively devoted to avian and exotic animals), California Veterinary Diagnostic Labs of West Sacramento, and IDEXX. She has owned and operates Zoo/Exotic Pathology Service in Carmichael, California, since 1997. She completed her residency in anatomic pathology (including instruction in zoo pathology and course work at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology) and gained board certification from American College of Veterinary Pathology (ACVP) in 2000. Drury is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, obtaining Avian Practice Certification in 1993 (recertified 2003 and 2013) and Reptile and Amphibian Certification in 2013.

Dr. Rose Fiskett is a premier avian clinician who has over 25 years of experience in avian and exotic clinical practice, including 10 years as a telephone consultant for exotics with a major reference laboratory (IDEXX), managing health programs in multiple pet stores, and teaching avian, exotic, lab animal and zoo medicine to veterinary technician students. Dr. Fiskett graduated from the University of Pennsylvania - School of Veterinary Medicine in 1982, worked as an associate and relief veterinarian, lab animal veterinarian and owned her companion animal veterinary hospital (birds, exotics, dog, cats, reptiles and wildlife) for 18 years. In addition, she has worked in regulatory medicine and as Program Director for Veterinary Technology. She was initially boarded certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Avian Medicine in 1994, re-certified in 2004. In addition, she certified in Exotic Companion Mammals in 2009.

Total CE Credit: 4

Tuition: Member $84 ($76 early bird special if enrolled by March 8, 2016)
FREE for veterinary students and veterinarians who graduated in 2013 or later.

*Note: The course content, the course transcript, message board and library will be made available to the general VIN membership after the course closes.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on March 22, 2015 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:
Enrollment is closed.
  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 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
"This program (22-19463) 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. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Scientific, 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.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 800-846-0028 ext. 797.

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

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

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