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VSPN CE Course TECH191-0814: Equine Diseases Overview
Text only: The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly text format.


INSTRUCTOR(S): Shelley Shopsowitz, RVT, BA
COURSE OPEN: August 26-October 3, 2014
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Tuesdays, September 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2014; 8:30-10pm 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. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session is up to 1 hour in length. For more information, please visit the CE Practice Area.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic course is focused toward veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants and ancillary staff working in equine practice.
VSPN CE Course: This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinary technicians only. The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

Course Description:
Horse pathological conditions can have a negative economic impact on performance animals such as race horses and breeding sires and mares. Horses that are kept as animals either for riding or for companionship may also become ill causing heartbreak and disappointment to their owners and caretakers. It is useful for those working in animal care facilities and veterinary clinics to have a good understanding of diseases that can affect horses as well as control of transmission of these diseases from animal to animal.

This course consists of four (4) Real Time Sessions of ninety (90) minutes each, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, a mandatory end-of-course test, and may include online multiple choice quizzes (after each Real Time Session). 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.

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(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

Recommended Textbook(s):

About the Instructor:
Shelley Shopsowitz has had a special interest in horses for over 40 years. As well as being a registered veterinary technician, horse owner and caretaker, Shelley has taken a wide variety of equine nutrition courses and completed the Equine Science Certificate at Equine Guelph, University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. She is also the owner/operator of an equine consulting service providing owners and caretakers with information on the care and feeding of horses

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session September 2): Content: Diseases of the Digestive System and the Respiratory System
Content: We will look at digestive and respiratory diseases in horses. Examples of diseases to be considered are the various types of colic in horses, recurrent airway obstruction and transmissible respiratory diseases, including their causes, symptoms and treatment options. Laminitis/founder will also be included in this section.

Week 2 (Real Time Session September 9): Diseases of the Reproductive System and the Endocrine System
We will discuss reproductive abnormalities in breeding males and females as well as congenital problems and diseases of the newborn. The endocrine system will be considered as well both for its effect on the reproductive system as well as its involvement in specific disease processes such as, for example, Cushing's disease in horses.

Week 3 (Real Time Session September 16): Emergency First Aid, Wound Care and Miscellaneous Diseases
Content: We will discuss what constitutes an emergency and what first aid treatments can be undertaken and how to look after emergencies. Treatment options including common medicines used in horses and administration options. We will also look at miscellaneous diseases such as diseases of the nervous system and important diseases such as Potomac Horse Fever and Equine Infectious Anemia.

Week 4 (Real Time Session September 23): Health and Disease Prevention
Content: We will consider ways of maintaining healthy horses. Vaccinations, parasite control and maintenance of a healthy environment for horses including control of disease transmission will all be discussed.


Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by August 13, 2014)

* Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CAAHT approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status).
*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close at 5 pm ET September 2, 2014, 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 and addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. 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.
  4. For further assistance call 800-846-0028, ext. 792 or email Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is submitted for approval for 6 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 CE at 800-846-0028, ext. 792 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 800-846-0028, ext. 792 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VSPN office at 800-846-0028, ext. 792.

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

The CE team:

Charlotte Waack, RVT, CVT
VSPN CE Director

VSPN CE Services:
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 792
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01452226154

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