VIN EXOT105-0819: Preparing a Honeybee Colony for Winter

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

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Presenter: Meghan Milbrath, PhD, MPH
Course Open: August 5-22, 2019
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Monday, August 12, 2019; 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 preparing a honeybee colony for winter.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists.

Course Information:
Many honeybee colonies die in winter. Yearly, many new beekeepers lose all or most of their bees during this time. These winter losses can largely be prevented. With this class we will discuss the biology of the winter bees, focusing on both the individual bee and the biology of the colony. We will examine what can be done to keep the colony healthy, and modifications that can be made to the hive to promote survival. The class will focus on a timeline of care to ensure successful overwintering in climates that have a harsh winter.

Week 1 (Real Time Session August 12, 2019): Winter Bees
Presenter: Meghan Milbrath, PhD, MPH
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Explain the differences between summer and winter bees.
  • Illustrate honeybee winter biology.
  • Appraise different types of hive arrangements for winter.
  • Describe a checklist for fall and winter care for honeybees.
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:
Meghan Milbrath has been keeping bees for over 20 years. She runs a beekeeping business in Munith, Michigan, where she keeps over 200 colonies and breeds queen bees. Dr. Milbrath works as an academic specialist at Michigan State University where she specializes in pollinator research and extension. Her academic focus is on transmission dynamics of environmentally acquired infectious diseases.

Total CE Credit: 2

Tuition: $46 ($41 early bird special if enrolled by July 22, 2019)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on August 12, 2019 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

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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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"This program (RACE program number to be determined) has been submitted for approval by AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 2 CE Credits, with a maximum of 2 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."

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Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
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