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VIN The Geriatric Ferret (EXOT018) Self-Study

This course is a self-paced, non-interactive course.

Presenter: Sandra Mitchell, DVM, ABVP Feline, ABVP ECM
Course Open: January 1-December 31, 2022
Total CE Credit: 3
RACE Category: 3 hours Medical

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Course Information:
Did you ever think that just treating ferrets was complicated enough? How about the geriatric ferret, with multiple medical conditions? In this course, we will break down the most common diseases seen in the older ferret, and provide some structure to figuring out what is priority and how to go about maximizing quality of lift for these complicated little senior citizens so beloved by their owners!

To earn a certificate of completion the participant must complete all learning modules and score 80% or better on the end-of-course test. Completion of the course will take a minimum of 185 minutes. Participants must complete the participation requirements by December 31, 2022 to be eligible for a certificate.

To learn more about the requirements for earning a non-interactive CE certificate, please refer to Non-Interactive CE Certificate Requirements.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
  • perform a thorough history and physical examination of the senior ferret.
  • sort through an appropriate diagnostic work up (and complete it!).
  • prioritize the findings, and develop a treatment plan.
  • adjust, adjust, adjust! We all know ferrets don’t “read the book” – so get ready to think outside the box!

Level and Prerequisites: This basic VIN CE self-study course is open for enrollment to veterinarians actively interested in geriatric ferret medicine. The Ferret Basics (EXOT013) course is a recommended but not required prerequisite for this course. This course is open to VIN members only.
Accreditation: This non-interactive course is approved for 3 hours of continuing education credit by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 20-872957)

Course Agenda:

Module 1: Overview, Husbandry and PE
Total Time: 30 minutes
Video: 30 minutes
Polls: 2

Module 2: Common Diseases and Treatment Options
Total Time: 140 minutes
Video: 140 minutes
Polls: 7

Module 3: End of Course Test
Total Time: 15 minutes
Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course.

Module 4: Course Evaluation

To learn more about the requirements for earning a non-interactive self-study CE certificate, please refer to Non-Interactive CE Certificate Requirements.


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Tuition: VIN Member $69
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN 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 starting the course. If you wish to withdraw after you have started this self-study course, please contact the VSPN 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
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01 45 222 6154
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from Australia: 02 6145 2357