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Course Overview

Nala is taking medication prescribed a week ago. Nala has a sudden onset of inappetence and lethargy and the owners rush her back to the hospital. As the history and medical clues unfold, the author discusses a diagnosis and medical treatment that can be applied in any veterinary practice. As the student progresses through the course, examination critical thinking questions will be asked. An explanation of the correct or incorrect answer choice is presented to lead the participant into a deeper understanding of Nala's condition and treatment.

CSI: Nala the Icteric Cocker Spaniel is a Case Study Investigation that leads the participant from Nala's hospital admission to treatment, discharge and follow-up. The goal of this case study based course is to bring awareness to the treatment for a sudden onset of icterus while discovering there can be underlying conditions contributing to the medical emergency.


Continuing Education Credits

Course meets the requirements for 1 RACE hours of continuing education credit for veterinary technicians and veterinarians in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's RACE approval. However, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery.

RACE Subject Category: Medical; Delivery Method: Non-interactive Distance; Program Number 747537.


Content Author

Jennifer Garcia, DVM, DACVIM


Participant Access Parameters

This course provides open enrollment. Students may enroll at any time and are instantly added to the course and sent the course welcome email. After reading the information provided in the welcome email, students may begin the course.

VetMedTeam courses are asynchronous - they do not contain real time components. Students login while the course is in session at times convenient to personal schedules.

Students will have 30 days from the date of enrollment to access and complete the course.


Course Content

This course covers icterus in a canine patient, causes diagnostic testing for the condition including blood transfusions, and the importance of client compliance for follow-up testing and treatment.


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

This course is appropriate for all veterinary practice team members involved in patient care who wish to broaden and/or review their medical knowledge. The cases contain medical terminology so a fundamental understanding of general medical terms and procedures is recommended.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Identify abnormal and normal canine hematocrit values
  • Recall the causes for the uncovered condition
  • Demonstrate the steps for in-house SAT (saline agglutination test) testing
  • Discuss the reasons and risks for blood transfusions in IMHA cases
  • Restate the importance of follow-up testing and treatment


Course Completion Requirements

  • Examination: Students must pass the examination with a score of 80% or better

  • Course Survey: Students must submit the course survey

Upon submission of the final completion requirement, the student will be automatically marked as completed and the course completion email will be sent out. The student will have immediate access to the certificate.

Students who do not access the course for 30 consecutive days will be processed as incomplete.


Participant Feedback

... It did a good job of presenting what a typical case would look like and the different treatment options and diagnostics to run.

...The course material was very informative and was a good refresher of IMHA.

...I liked the explanation of why different drugs might be chosen, why certain tests at certain intervals and what the results indicate.

...Comprehensive lab testing discussion...

...Steroid tapering suggestions...Monitoring tips...

...The flow was superb. Really gets you to think about the next logical step and the questions were easy to understand and relate the info to.

...The diagnostic aspect of this course is the most beneficial to me. I am an ER LVT and the diagnostics listed are what we heavily rely on. We also see IHMA (chronic and acute) on emergency shifts, so this course bolstered my knowledge in a diagnostic point of view.

...Algorithm for pre hepatic, hepatic, and post hepatic icterus.

...Working in an emergency hospital that has an internal medicine practitioner on staff, I felt that it was beneficial to speak about ways to treat a difficult case such as IMHA when there is financial concerns with the client.

...It explained how to do the SAT testing step by step and about the negative blood types.

...The course was informational as well as interesting being a Case study. It doesn't just give a bland textbook explanation of IMHA, but involves the reader/learner into the information, like a "mystery" short story and a realistic scenario. Almost like its one of your own patients.

...All relivant information, very helpful to a 3rd year vet student learning the basics on this disease.

...The logical progression of the case and the reasons behind the diagnostic tests.

...very relevant emergency case in normal vet practice.

...I really liked the use of a real case in order to apply my knowledge of diagnostics as well as the disease itself. I enjoyed going step by step through the process of isolating the problems and following up with diagnostics to rule out certain diseases as well as making the final diagnosis and treatment plan in the end.

...The diagnostic aspect of this course is the most beneficial to me. I am an ER LVT and the diagnostics listed are what we heavily rely on. We also see IHMA (chronic and acute) on emergency shifts, so this course bolstered my knowledge in a diagnostic point of view.


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