VIN DERM115-0421: Virtual World, Real Cases - Dermatology

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

Presenter: Mitchell D. Song, DVM, DACVD (Dermatology)
Course Open: April 13-May 7, 2021
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, April 20 and 27, 2021; 9:30-11:30 pm ET (USA) World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 4
RACE Category: 4 hours Medical

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Course Information:
Sometimes the best way to learn is by looking at real examples. This course will show real world cases and how to work through some of the most common scenarios in veterinary dermatology. Not all the cases are perfect, as in real life, but these will illustrate and provide information which will be useful in daily practice. As always, you can receive RACE credit which be very useful since many meetings are canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
  • demonstrate useful and practical diagnostic tests for the pruritic dog.
  • understand commonly used treatment and which ones to use when.
  • describe how to approach common ear problems in the dog.
  • describe how to prevent recurrent otitis and why this occurs.
  • understand when surgery is your best or only option for treatment of canine Otitis externa.
  • demonstrate when and if you should prescribe systemic antibiotics for pyoderma.
  • describe steps to take when your antibiotic therapy fails in pyoderma.
  • understand the truth about commonly held misconceptions about ringworm.
  • describe therapy and environmental considerations for Feline Dermatophytosis.
  • describe diagnostic tests which can be particularly useful for alopecic patients.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic VIN CE course is open for enrollment to veterinarians actively interested in dermatology. There is no specific prerequisite experience or knowledge required for this course.
Accreditation: This course is approved for 4 hours of continuing education credit by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 20-793809)

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session April 20, 2021): The Pruritic Dog, Canine Otitis externa & Canine Bacterial Folliculitis (Pyoderma)

Week 2 (Real Time Session April 27, 2021): Feline Dermatophytosis & Canine Non-Pruritic Alopecia


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 $92 ($83 early bird special if enrolled by March 30, 2021)
Non-Member $169 ($152 early bird special if enrolled by March 30, 2021)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on April 20, 2021 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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