VSPN TECH318-0322: Adrenal Diseases

The real time sessions for this course will be presented via Zoom webinar platform.

Presenter: Liza W. Rudolph, BAS, RVT, VTS (Clinical Practice- Canine/Feline, SAIM)
Course Open: March 14 – April 7, 2022
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Mondays, March 21 & 28, 2022: 8:30-10:00 PM ET (USA)    World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 3
RACE Category: 3 hours Medical

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Course Information:
The adrenal glands in healthy small animal patients are often overlooked, but they can have significant systemic effects when not functioning normally. After reviewing the anatomy and physiology of the adrenal glands, the course will focus on the most common adrenal disorders, clinical signs, diagnostics, and treatment. The role of the veterinary technician in the successful management of these cases will be stressed.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
  • Understand normal anatomy and physiology of the adrenal glands in the small animal patient.
  • Understand hyperadrenocorticism, including common presenting clinical signs, diagnostics, and treatment options.
  • Appreciate the differences in canine vs. feline hyperadrenocorticism.
  • Understand the varieties of non-cortisol-secreting adrenocortical tumors that may be present in small animal patients.
  • Understand hypoadrenocorticism, including common presenting clinical signs, diagnostics, and treatment options.
  • Understand pheochromocytomas, including common presenting clinical signs, diagnostics, and treatment options.
  • Understand the vital role and significant impact that knowledgeable veterinary technicians have in the successful management of these cases.
Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate VSPN CE course will be open for enrollment to veterinary technicians/technologists and support staff actively interested in small animal adrenal disease.

RACE Accreditation: This program has been approved for 3 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.20-893284

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session March 21): Hi’s and Low’s: Hyperadrenocorticism and Non-Cortisol-Secreting Adrenocortical Tumors
This session will briefly review the anatomy and physiology of the adrenal glands and discuss hyperadrenocorticism and non-cortisol-secreting adrenocortical tumors (i.e. “incidentalomas”).

Week 2 (Real Time Session March 28): Hi’s and Low’s: Hypoadrenocorticism and Pheochromocytomas
This session will discuss hypoadrenocorticism and pheochromocytomas in the small animal patient.

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: $66 ($59 early bird special if enrolled by February 28, 2022)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

* Students currently enrolled in an AVMA accredited or CVMA 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 on March 21, 2022 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.

To Enroll:
  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.792 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. 792 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

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

VSPN CE Services:
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