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EXOT403-0112: Basic Ferret Medicine and Common Ferret Endocrinopathies

INSTRUCTOR(S): Sandra Mitchell DVM, DABVP (Exotic Companion Mammal Specialty and Feline Specialty)

COURSE OPEN: January 11-February 18, 2012
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Wednesdays, January 18, 25, February 1 and 8, 2012; 8:00-9:30 pm ET (USA)
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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. Times and dates will be listed in your course confirmation email. Expect to spend up to 1 hour at one of the 2-4 practice sessions held prior to the first Real Time Session.

Level and Prerequisites:
This basic course will be open primarily to veterinarians, but veterinary technicians interested in basic ferret medicine and common ferret endocrinopathies are welcome to attend.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

Course Description:
Ferrets are commonly seen in private practice, and many veterinarians have a limited working knowledge of this species. This course is intended to provide an overview of basic ferret husbandry, medicine, and disease presentations in order to allow veterinary staff to feel more comfortable with their diagnosis and treatment. A variety of common ferret endocrinopathies will be discussed, including adrenal gland disease, insulinoma, and diabetes. Clinical symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options, and current considerations for prevention will be covered. Much research has been done in recent years and this information will be included as a review.

This course consists of four (4) ninety (90) minute Real Time Sessions, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory end-of-course test. Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required textbook: There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Instructors:
Dr. Sandra Mitchell was one of the first veterinarians to be recognized by the American Board of Veterinary Medicine as an Exotic Companion Mammal specialist. She has been treating ferrets and other small companion mammals since her graduation from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. She has served on the board of directors as a health consultant for both the American Ferret Association and the International Ferret Congress; and has been a featured speaker at veterinary conferences sponsored by both groups. Dr. Mitchell is contacted by veterinarians worldwide to discuss difficult cases. She is currently the owner of Animal Medical Associates in Saco, Maine; and sees referrals of ferrets and other exotics from all over the northeast. In addition to her professional interest in ferrets, she shares her home with 14 ferrets!

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session January 18): Basic Husbandry and Preventative Care

Week 2 (Real Time Session January 25): Common Non-Endocrine Disease Presentations
Content: Week 3 (Real Time Session February 1): Adrenal Disease
Content: Week 4 (Real Time Session February 8): Assorted Endocrinopathies
Content: CE CREDITS: 6

Tuition: Member $120.00 ($108.00 early bird special if enrolled by December 28, 2011).
Non-Member $201.00 ($181.00 early bird special if enrolled by December 28, 2011).

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a weekend, course enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

**For more on how online CE works see the Participant's Resource Center

Note: "This course has been approved for 6 hours of continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education." Call VSPN/VIN CE at 1-800-700-4636 for further information. (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board).

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/VSPN office 1-800-700-INFO (4636) 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/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).

*For More Information on VSPN's Upcoming CE Courses check the Course Catalog at

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

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