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VSPN CE Course TECH206-0416: Canine and Feline Dermatology for Veterinary Technicians
Text only: The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly text format.

Instructor(s): Shelley Shopsowitz, BA, RVT
Course Open: April 20, 2016-May 28, 2016
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, April 27, May 4, 11, and 18 2016; 8:00-9:30pm 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 intermediate course will be open to will cover small animal dermatological conditions seen in veterinary practices and cover collection and diagnostic testing commonly performed by veterinary technicians in a dermatology practice.
VSPN CE Course: Open to veterinary technicians/support staff only. This course has been RACE approved for veterinary technicians/technologists only. (RACE: 22-14116).

Course Description:
The itching, odor, appearance and general discomfort seen in animals with skin conditions is a major concern to pet owners. Veterinary technicians are instrumental in collecting samples, performing diagnostic tests, and aiding veterinarians with dermatologic diagnoses, patient care, procedures, treatments, and client education. This course will cover basic skin anatomy and physiology, terminology, and basic skin conditions commonly seen in the practice of dermatology. Mange mites, fleas, lice and ticks will be covered. We will look at dermatophytes and how to perform a fungal culture. Skin and ear cytology, atopy, and food reactions will all be discussed. Immunotherapy, shampoos and skin treatments, biopsy, and aspirates will also be covered.

Week 1 (Real Time Session April 27): Introduction to Skin Anatomy and Skin Lesions; History and Record-keeping; Fleas, Lice and Ticks

Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 2 (Real Time Session May 4): Mange and Dermatophytes

Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 3 (Real Time Session May 11): Microscopic Sample Evaluation and Sample Collection and Relevant Diseases Seen in Dermatology Practice

Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 4 (Real Time Session May 18): Atopy, Adverse Food Reaction, and Control of Pruritic Individuals

Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

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 Instructors: Shelley Shopsowitz has a long standing interest in dermatology working in a specialty practice focusing on dermatology since 1993. Her extensive background also includes lab animal science, clinical pathology, and emergency medicine, and education.

Total CE Credit: 6

Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by April 6, 2016)

* 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 5pm ET on April 27.2016, or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
  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 program (22-14116) has been approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 6.0 CE Credits, with a maximum of 6.0 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinary technician/technologist. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Scientific, Non-Scientific-Practice Management/Professional Development 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 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.

Charlotte Waack, RVT, CVT
VSPN Director/VSPN CE Interim Director

VSPN CE Services:
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