VIN MULT208-0221: Principles of Medicine

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

Presenters: Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Linda Kidd, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Kathy Freeman, DVM, BS, MS, PhD, DipECVCP, FRCPath, MRCVS
Stefanie Klenner, Dr.med.vet., Dipl. ECVCP
Peggy L. Schmidt, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVPM
Course Open: February 18-April 3, 2021
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Thursdays, February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1, 2021; 9:00-11:00 pm ET (USA) World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 10
RACE Category: 10 hours Medical

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Course Information:
The second of seven modules in the Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP Core Examination Review series, this course is designed to cover the pathophysiological basis of disease in small animals based on pathophysiological and discipline-specific concepts. Clinical examples will be used to illustrate these concepts. Focus will be on clinical decision making and the diagnostic process including problem-oriented clinical reasoning, the assessment of laboratory data, and an introduction to evidenced-based medicine. This module together with the first module MULT207-1020: Pathological Basis of Disease are designed to prepare the participant for the organ system-based modules.

The course can be used as a portion of the preparation for the ABVP Core examination, but it is not designed as a test-preparation course. The instructors do not have access to the questions. Also, material in this course may be more current than that examination. However it will allow those preparing for the examination to work systematically through different topics over the course of a year, accomplishing a broad review. The emphasis will be on pathophysiology, serving as a foundation for good case management.

It should be noted that these courses are not designed specifically as a preparation for test taking. The instructors do not have access to information on the question types. Furthermore the questions used on the examination may be a few years behind the current knowledge and practice, whereas the course will strive to be more current. We recommend using the course to
  1. keep progressing through the topics so all topics will have been studied prior to the exam and
  2. provide participants with feedback on their strongest and weakest topics to guide their individual exam specific preparations.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
  • better understand clinical reasoning and the diagnostic process.
  • better understand the types of clinical reasoning used by clinicians.
  • master the process of making an appropriate problem list and using “localization” to systematically diagnose complicated cases.
  • understand the role of bias in clinical reasoning and how it affects patient care.
  • recognize sources of your own bias in clinical reasoning.
  • understand how metacognition can shape clinical reasoning.
  • understand the sources which may influence the results of your laboratory analysis.
  • understand the conditions, situations and other inputs, which lead to variation in laboratory tests.
  • understand the basis of evidence-based medicine.

Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course will be open to veterinarians and provides an introduction to the principles of diagnostic medicine, problem-based medical records, evidenced-based medicine and proper use of laboratory diagnostic testing information.
RACE Accreditation: This course is approved for 10 hours of continuing education credit by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 20-808154)

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session February 25, 2021): Principles of Diagnosis
Presenters: Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Linda Kidd, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Week 2 (Real Time Session March 4, 2021): Principles of Diagnosis - continued
Presenters: Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Linda Kidd, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

***** BREAK - March 11, 2021 *****

Week 3 (Real Time Session March 18, 2021): Interpretation of Tests
Presenters: Kathy Freeman, DVM, BS, MS, PhD, DipECVCP, FRCPath, MRCVS
Stefanie Klenner, DVM, Dr.med.vet. Cand.Dip.ECVCP

Week 4 (Real Time Session March 25, 2021): Interpretation of Tests - continued
Presenters: Kathy Freeman, DVM, BS, MS, PhD, DipECVCP, FRCPath, MRCVS
Stefanie Klenner, DVM, Dr.med.vet. Cand.Dip.ECVCP

Week 5 (Real Time Session April 1, 2021): Evidence-Based Medicine
Presenter: Peggy L. Schmidt, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVPM

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 $230 ($207 early bird special if enrolled by February 4, 2021)
Non-Member $355 ($319 early bird special if enrolled by February 4, 2021)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*Enroll in 3 or more ABVP courses on the same day and receive a 15% discount off the standard price. This discount does not apply to early bird prices.
  • MULT208-0221: Principles of Medicine
  • MULT209-0421: Systems A: Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP Core Examination Review
  • MULT210-0721: Systems B: Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP Core Examination Review
  • MULT211-1021: Systems C: Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP Core Examination Review
  • MULT212-0222: Systems D: Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP Core Examination Review
  • MULT221-0622: Systems E: Organ System Pathophysiology and ABVP Core Examination Review

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on February 25, 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
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