VIN PHAR303-0419: Responsible Antimicrobial Use 2019

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

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Presenters: Peter Foley, MSc, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Sandra McConkey, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP
Lauren Eichstadt Forsythe, PharmD, FSVHP
Bret McNabb, DVM, MPVM, DACT, DABVP (FA)
Course Open: April 30-June 7, 2019
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, May 7, 14, 21, and 28, 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 students actively interested in antimicrobial resistance stewardship.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary students. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 22-34212)

Course Information:
Antimicrobial resistance is an increasing problem in both human and veterinary medicine. Whenever an antimicrobial is used, it inadvertently selects for resistance by killing or inhibiting sensitive bacteria and leaving behind resistant organisms. As a result, medicines become ineffective and infections persist, increasing hospital times, cost and morbidity. Inappropriate antibiotic use can lead to superbugs that are difficult or impossible to treat with our current antibiotic options. This course will discuss the mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance, the use of "best" practices to avoid the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance, and awareness of the regulatory requirements.

Week 1 (Real Time Session May 7, 2019): Antimicrobial Resistance - Understanding the Problem
Presenter: Sandra McConkey, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Understand the importance of preventing antimicrobial resistance.
  • Describe what resistance (including multi-drug resistance) is, how and why it occurs, and when antimicrobial use is required.
  • Explain empirical vs rational choice of antimicrobials.
  • Explain how to get the most information out of an MIC (Minimum Inhibitory Concentration) result.
Week 2 (Real Time Session May 14, 2019): Rational Antimicrobial Therapy for Small Animals: What to Choose for Specific Diseases
Presenter: Peter Foley, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Identify when and which antimicrobials are appropriate for small animal diseases, including the following scenarios:
    • Perioperative antibiotic use
    • Urinary tract infections
    • Miscellaneous infectious diseases
Week 3 (Real Time Session May 21, 2019): Large Animal Antibiotic Use Considerations
Presenter: Lauren Eichstadt Forsythe, PharmD, FSVHP
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Describe the process used to develop tolerance levels for drug residues.
  • Describe the laws that are relevant to antibiotic use in food animals in the United States.
Week 4 (Real Time Session May 28, 2019): Responsible Antimicrobial Use in Livestock Medicine and Herd Health
Presenter: Bret McNabb, DVM, MPVM, DACT, DABVP (FA)
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Identify when and which antimicrobials are appropriate for livestock diseases.
  • Apply judicious antimicrobial use to common and practical clinical situations.
  • Develop herd health protocols for clients that promote the appropriate use of antimicrobials.
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:
Peter Foley graduated with a DVM degree from the University of Prince Edward Island, Atlantic Veterinary College. He completed a rotating small animal internship at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and a residency in small animal internal medicine at the Atlantic Veterinary College. He is a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and an Associate Professor of Companion Animal Medicine at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Sandra McConkey is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College and a board certified clinical pathologist (Dipl. ACVP). She received a PhD in the area of pharmacology in 2008 and has been an Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI, Canada since that time.

Lauren Eichstadt Forsythe graduated from the University of Findlay, College of Pharmacy in May 2015. Following completion of her PharmD degree, Dr. Forsythe completed a one year veterinary pharmacy residency at Purdue University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH). Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Forsythe started as a veterinary pharmacist at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

Bret McNabb graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. After graduation he practiced in Montana in a mixed large animal practice comprised of mostly beef cattle, sheep, and equine work. He returned to University of California, Davis, where he completed a residency in Livestock Herd Health and Reproduction and a Masters in Preventative Veterinary Medicine. He is a Diplomate in the American College of Theriogenologists and the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Food Animal). He is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor and chief of the Livestock Herd Health and Reproduction Service at the UC Davis Large Animal Clinic.

Total CE Credit: 8

Tuition: Member $184 ($166 early bird special if enrolled by April 16, 2019)
Non-Member $292 ($263 early bird special if enrolled by April 16, 2019)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on May 7, 2019 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.

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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.
  2. 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.
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"This program (22-34212) is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 8 CE Credits, with a maximum of 8 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.

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

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