VIN LAMS217-0719: Equine Colic - Evaluation and Management in a General Practice Setting

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

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Presenters: Kate Hepworth-Warren, DVM, DACVIM (LA) and Victoria A. Bentley, DVM, DACVS (LA)
Course Open: July 31-August 24, 2019
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, August 7 and 14, 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 equine colic evaluation and management.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. (RACE 22-37151)

Course Information:
This course aims to cover common causes of colic and how they relate to gastrointestinal anatomy, and types of colic that may affect horses of particular signalment or in specific geographic regions. It will also cover obvious and more subtle signs of colic, and the standard diagnostic approach that can be applied in the field or in a clinical setting. The second portion of the course will cover advanced diagnostics and treatment options in addition to discussing when referral and/or surgery are indicated and how to facilitate a smooth referral.

Week 1 (Real Time Session August 7, 2019): Equine Colic Part 1
Presenters: Kate Hepworth-Warren, DVM, DACVIM (LA) and Victoria A. Bentley, DVM, DACVS-LA
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • list common causes of colic, the region of the GI tract that they affect, and specific signalments or geographic locations of certain types of colic.
  • take an accurate history, and perform a general exam on an equine patient, including diagnostics that are important to the equine colic patient such as:
    • Rectal examination
    • Nasogastric tube intubation
  • identify common signs of colic in the equine patient.
Week 2 (Real Time Session August 14, 2019): Equine Colic Part 2
Presenters: Kate Hepworth-Warren, DVM, DACVIM (LA) and Victoria A. Bentley, DVM, DACVS-LA
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • understand how to perform advanced diagnostics including abdominocentesis and FLASH abdominal ultrasound.
  • create a treatment plan for medical management including analgesia and fluid therapy.
  • determine when surgery and/or referral is indicated.
  • understand when surgical treatment is needed and why.
  • discuss with clients the best treatment plans, and at what point referral is needed.
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 Presenters:
Kate Hepworth-Warren was born in the UK but grew up in Indiana. She rode horses and competed in 4H while growing up which fostered her passion for horses, and ultimately veterinary medicine. She received her bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences from Purdue University in 2005, and then her DVM from Purdue in 2010. Following graduation, Dr. Hepworth-Warren completed an internship at AVS Equine Hospital in Tallahassee, Florida and then a residency in equine internal medicine at Iowa State University. She became board certified in large animal internal medicine in 2014 and stayed on as faculty at Iowa State for the next year. For the next 4 years, Dr. Hepworth-Warren and her husband, a small animal veterinarian, lived in New Jersey where she worked at a private practice. Dr. Hepworth-Warren recently relocated to North Carolina and is now a clinician on the equine internal medicine service at North Carolina State University. In her free time, Dr. Hepworth-Warren enjoys spending time with her husband and animals (2 dogs, a cat and a horse), cooking, running, and travelling.

Victoria Bentley is a graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her graduation from Cornell, she did an equine internship at Mississippi State University and a Large Animal Surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is Board Certified in Large Animal Surgery (DACVS-LA stands for Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Large Animal). The Doctor is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association and on the Board of Directors for the New York State Veterinary Medical Society.
Lameness and performance horse medicine are among Dr. Bentley's special interests. She also plans to attend an Ontario-based 220+ hour training program at the Veterinary Chiropractic Learning Center in 2019. She enjoys horseback riding, hiking, camping, reading, and cross stitch. She loves her dog (a Chihuahua mix who was once a stray) and her quarter horse who she fondly says, "thinks he is a Labrador".

Total CE Credit: 4

Tuition: $92 ($83 early bird special if enrolled by July 10, 2019)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on July 31, 2019 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

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"This program (22-37151) 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)
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