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VSPN CE Course TECH231-1013: Feline Infectious Diseases


INSTRUCTOR(S): Paula Plummer, RVT, VTS (ECC)
COURSE OPEN: October 14-November 27, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Mondays, October 21, 28 and November 4, 11, and 18, 2013; 8:00pm-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 cover feline infectious diseases including viral, fungal, mycological, histological, and zoonotic features.
VSPN CE Course: This course is RACE approved for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

Course Description:
This all-inclusive feline infectious diseases course will cover a total of 28 infectious diseases that affect our feline patients. Diseases from feline leukemia virus and rabies to Mycoplasma haemofelis ( formerly known as Haemobartonella felis) and MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infections are covered in depth. Pathophysiology, geographical location, transmission methods, diagnosis, treatment, zoonotic potential, and cleaning protocols will be covered with each one of the 28 diseases. Case reports during each Real Time Session will be used to cover each disease in depth by process supplemented by library handouts and interactive discussions in the course message boards to help the participant better understand feline infectious diseases.

This course consists of five (5) 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). The instructor places emphasis on Message Board participation as an important component of the learning process. Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course.

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 are no required texts for this course. There will be suggested reading articles in the library throughout the course.

About the Instructors:
Paula Plummer has been in the veterinary field for over 13 years in academia and small animal private practice. Paula recently attained her VTS (ECC) and currently works at Texas A & M University Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in the Feline Internal Medicine Department. She has worked most of her career in emergency and critical care medicine. She teaches a variety of skill labs to veterinary students and technicians and has lectured at several conferences and online CE courses on emergency and critical care topics.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session October 21): Viruses, Viruses Part 1
Content: The first week we will discuss feline immunodeficiency virus, feline leukemia, rabies and feline panleukopenia. Identification of viruses and recognizing clinical signs will be demonstrated during the session and participants will cover pathophysiology, treatment, supportive care and isolation protocols for each virus.

Week 2 (Real Time Session October 28): Viruses, Viruses Part 2
Content: During part 2 of viruses we will discuss herpes virus, feline infectious peritonitis and calicivirus. An interactive case study will conclude the Real Time Session. Identification of viruses and recognizing clinical signs will be demonstrated during the session with images of each. Interactive material in the library will help participants outline these infectious diseases.

Week 3 (Real Time Session November 4): All Those Pesky Parasites
Content: This is not another class just about common feline intestinal parasites! The majority of time will be spent discussing the parasites that may infest our feline patients, but may not be seen on a daily basis. There will be a short review of common gastrointestinal parasites then we will jump into pathophysiology, treatment, and supportive care of toxoplasmosis, trichomoniasis, Chlamydophila, and cytauxzoonosis.

Week 4 (Real Time Session November 11): The Fungus Among Us
Content: Histoplasmosis, blastomycosis, aspergillosis, and Cryptococcus are all fungi that can be seen in our feline patients that live in certain environments. If you live in an endemic area of any of these fungi, it may be a more common issue in your feline patients. By the end of this session, the participant will be able to determine if they are in the correct environment for a fungal infection, how it is diagnosed, what treatments are available, and how we can provide supportive care for these patients.

Course Outline:
Week 5 (Real Time Session November 18): The Wonderful World of Bacteria
Content: Let's take this time to discover the wonderful world of bacteria in our feline patients! Hemotropic mycoplasmosis, Bordetella, Mycoplasma haemofelis, staphylococcal infections, and multi-drug resistant infections will be covered. Diagnostics, isolation protocols for infectious diseases, cleaning protocols, and how to protect the veterinary team from these diseases will be illustrated as well as specific bacterial disease processes.


Tuition: $150 ($135 early bird special if enrolled by September 30, 2013)


* 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 Monday, October 21, 2013, 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 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email (VIN CE) or (VSPN CE) Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is approved for 7.5 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/VIN CE at 1-800-700-4636 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 1-800-700-INFO (4636) to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).

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

Nanette R. Walker Smith, MEd, RVT, CVT, LVT
VSPN Content & CE Director
Charlotte Waack, CVT, RVT
VSPN CE Coordinator

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