Course Overview

Benjie has been lethargic and eating less and less over the last two weeks. The owners bring him to the hospital because he has not eaten in the last 2 days, but did notice an increase in his drinking habits. As the history and medical clues unfold, the author discusses a diagnosis and medical treatment plan that can be applied in any veterinary practice. As the student progresses through the course, questions will be asked that stimulate critical thinking. An explanation of the correct or incorrect answer choice is presented to lead the participant into a deeper understanding of Benjie's condition and treatment.

CSI: Benjie - Evaluating Weight Loss in a Cairn Terrier is a Case Study Investigation that leads the participant from Benjie'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 inappetence and thirst while discovering there can be more than one underlying ailment contributing to the medical condition.


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 747539.


Content Author

Jennifer Garcia, DVM, DACVIM


Participation 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 will present material on canine hepatic and glucose values, including the use of glucose curves, both normal and abnormal, and lead students through a critical thinking path with a treatment plan as the goal. Students are then instructed on how to achieve client compliance for follow-up testing and treatment after the patient's release.


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 liver and glucose values
  • Discuss a treatment plan for uncovered condition
  • Employ the use of glucose curves to determine insulin efficiency
  • 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

The student will have immediate access to the course CE certificate when both requirements are met.

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


Participant Feedback

...I enjoyed hearing about the benefits of liver biopsies as we do not perform them frequently at my current practice.

...Liked being able to review all lab results and interpret how they relate to the case..

...Benji was presented with a problem that turned out to be a series of complex conditions. Each was addressed and a treatment plan was initiated.

...the lab results and seeing how they changed with the medications Benji was on...

...It made me analyze the various test results and think critically about the "what now" plan.

...As a technician I found that the material was presented in a way that it was easy to follow...

...Explained alternate anti-inflammatory treatments for the diabetic patient...

...I liked being able to see the comparisons of lab tests in reference to the treatment given to the patient, and it was helpful to have the follow-up explanations to review.

...Going through the case study from physical exam to follow-up appointments was very beneficial, also providing lab values and asking questions along the way made it feel like I was actually a part of what was happening/really made me think.

...Great example of a primary liver case with diabetes secondary to corticosteroid use.

...explanation of at home treatment and changes to treatment as pt improved.

...a strong review of differentials, considerations for chronic liver disease and treatment plans.

...the review of evaluation of glucose curves and treatment protocol for canine active hepatitis.

...the ease of formatting and straight-forward pace of the study and follow-up questions.

...It is not only a good refresher in how to manage canine diabetes, but the doctor also mentioned some newer drugs I was not familiar with. You learn something new every day as a veterinary professional!


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