VIN SAIM404-0521: Emerging Endocrine Disease in Cats

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

Presenter: Cynthia Ward, VMD, PhD, DACVIM SAIM
Course Open: May 4-June 3, 2021
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, May 11, 18, and 25, 2021; 8:00-9:30 pm ET (USA) World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 4.5
RACE Category: 4.5 hours Medical

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Course Information:
Cats are unique and develop unusual endocrine diseases that we are just starting to characterize. This series will focus on the less common endocrine diseases that the veterinarian will encounter in feline practice. These will include hyperadrenocorticism, hyperaldosteronism (Conn’s syndrome), hypothyroidism, hypoadrenocorticism, hypoparathyroidism, and hyperparathyroidism. Pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic criteria, treatment options, and things that can go wrong will be presented. Case examples will be used to highlight the diseases, and ample time will be given to address questions.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
  • recognize the clinical signs associated with less common feline endocrine diseases.
  • design successful diagnostic and treatment protocols for less common feline endocrine diseases.
  • discuss treatment options and prognostic variables with owners of cats with these diseases.

Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate VIN CE course is open for enrollment to veterinarians actively interested in uncommon feline endocrine diseases.
Accreditation: This course is approved for 4.5 hours of continuing education credit by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 20-810778)

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session May 11, 2021): Feline Hyperadrenocorticism and Hypothyroidism

Week 2 (Real Time Session May 18, 2021): Feline Hyperaldosteronism and Hypoadrenocorticism

Week 3 (Real Time Session May 25, 2021): Feline Hyper-and Hypoparathyroidism

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 $104 ($94 early bird special if enrolled by April 20, 2021)
Non-Member $183 ($165 early bird special if enrolled by April 20, 2021)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on May 11, 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:
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