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VIN SAIM403-0422: Diagnosis and Management of Ketoacidosis

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

Presenter: Sherri Wilson, DVM, ACVIM SAIM
Course Open: April 26-May 27, 2022
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, May 3, 10, and 17, 2022; 9:00-11:00 pm ET (USA) World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 6
RACE Category: 6 hours Medical

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Course Information:
Diabetic ketoacidosis is a life-threatening complication in diabetic dogs and cats. To be able to effectively reverse the severe metabolic aberrations that result, it is necessary to identify underlying disease(s) that have triggered DKA and immediately set up a treatment protocol to stabilize the most life-threatening consequences of the DKA. Then, plans must be made for effective monitoring of your interventions. There are expected and predictable findings in DKA, but also unexpected complications that must be quickly identified and responded to. This course will equip you in dealing with the expected and unexpected, in order to create a successful outcome.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
  • educate owners how to recognize what circumstances can lead to DKA and when their pet needs hospitalization.
  • identify the difference between a 'healthy' ketotic animal and an animal sick with DKA.
  • identify the major metabolic aberrations in DKA.
  • set up the initial treatment protocol in a DKA patient.
  • identify which parameters need to be monitored and how often they should be monitored.
  • identify when an animal is sufficiently recovered to be discharged.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic VIN CE course is open for enrollment to veterinarians actively interested in the diagnosis and management of diabetic ketoacidosis.
Accreditation: This course is approved for 6 hours of continuing education credit by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 20-892721)

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session May 3, 2022): Diagnosis of Diabetic Ketoacidosis in Dogs and Cats

Week 2 (Real Time Session May 10, 2022): Management and Prevention of DKA

Week 3 (Real Time Session May 17, 2022): Case Examples

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.


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Tuition: Member $138 ($124 early bird special if enrolled by April 12, 2022)
Non-Member $231 ($208 early bird special if enrolled by April 12, 2022)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on May 3, 2022 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.

  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.
  3. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.

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.

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

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

VIN CE Services:
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 797
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