Course Open: February 12-March 3, 2021
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Sunday, February 21, 2021; 2:00-4:00 pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter Level and Prerequisites: This advanced course will be open to veterinarians and veterinary support staff actively interested in the management of honey bee splits and swarms. It is recommended that participants have a basic knowledge of bees and beekeeping terminology.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary support staff. This course is RACE approved for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. (RACE 22-38538) Course Information:
Many beekeepers lose their bees to swarming because they are not ready for swarm season, or do not practice proper management at this time. In this session, participants will learn about swarm biology, including recognizing cues for swarming. We will discuss basic swarm management techniques, with a focus on splits. Week 1 (Real Time Session February 21, 2021): Splits and Swarms
Presenter: Meghan Milbrath, PhD, MPH
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
- Describe the actions of the colony preceding a swarm
- Explain the environmental cues that drive swarm behavior
- Identify visual clues that indicate the need for swarm management
- Appraise different types of measures for swarm control
- Describe the steps for basic colony splits
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: Member $46 ($41 early bird special if enrolled by January 29, 2021)
Non-Member $110 ($99 early bird special if enrolled by January 29, 2021)
Prices are listed in US dollars. *Enroll in 2 or more Honey Bee courses on the same day and receive a 15% discount.
- EXOT101-0121: Honey Bees - Veterinary Medicine
- EXOT109-0121: Honey Bees - Fat Healthy Bees
- EXOT106-0221: Honey Bees - Splits and Swarms
- EXOT104-0221: Honey Bees - Queen Biology and Queen Rearing
- EXOT107-0221: Honey Bees - Managing Bacterial Disease
- EXOT108-0321: Honey Bees - Managing Varroa Mites
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email CEonVIN. Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
VIN Education Director VIN CE Services: CEonVIN
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 797
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01 45 222 6154
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from Australia: 02 6145 2357