Course Overview

Rose has been presented to the hospital for her increased thirst and urination over the past 3-4 weeks. She has been waking her owners up at night, and has urinated in the house, which is very abnormal for Rose. They have not noticed her straining to urinate, and she seems to feel “fine” otherwise.

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 participant progresses through the course, critical thinking examination questions will be asked. Depending on the answer chosen, an explanation of the correct or incorrect answer choice is presented to bring the participant into a deeper understanding of Rose’s condition and treatment.

CSI: The Case of the Thirsty Rose is a progressive case study investigation course that leads the participant from Roses initial evaluation to the final diagnosis and treatment. The goal of this case study based course is to bring awareness to the treatment for PU/PD while discovering there can be a serious illness causing the medical symptoms.


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 753399.


Content Author

Jennifer Garcia, DVM, DACVIM


Participation Access Parameters

VetMedTeam courses are asynchronous - they do not contain real time components. Participants log in at times convenient to personal schedules.

Participants do not need to complete the course in one sitting.  However, participants who do not access the course for 30 consecutive days will be processed as incomplete.  Any activity within the course will reset to the full 30 days time allotment.

Participants who are unable to complete a course may re-enroll at their convenience.


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 symptoms associated with this medical condition
  • Evaluate laboratory data and diagnostic tests
  • Evaluate available medications
  • Implement standard protocols to obtain consistent blood pressure readings
  • Recognize the clinical and diagnostic signs associated with side effects of medications
  • Discuss the significance of therapeutic withdraw effects


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

...I found the mode of action for the medications very helpful and interesting.

...Symptoms, learned more about ACTH stem testing...

...comprehensive PE and diagnostics, sensitivity & specifity info on acth stim/lddst/uccr, emphasis on obtaining good BP measurements in these patients...

...Reminders of drug pharmacology and other associated findings with the disease...

...explanation on how to interpret LDDS results...

...I liked covering all of the possible tests as well as medications. It helps to work through the process and see the reasons why certain drugs/tests are chosen.

...Overall, very informative information. A lot of times DVM's will ask for tests to be run without giving LVT results. They will Rx the best medication and LVT's don't always know what the tx options are or what the different medications are used for.

...This course goes hand and hand with topics that are currently being covered in my school lectures.

...The course explained the difference between the different types of hyperadrenocorticism. And the question on what the different medications do to treat this were also very helpful.

...the interpretation of LDDST and cortisol.

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

...the current ancillary information. For example, the relatively recent article on simply monitoring baseline cortisol levels.

...the comprehensive PE and diagnostics, sensitivity & specifity info on acth stim/lddst/uccr, emphasis on obtaining good BP measurements in these patients.

...I liked the interactive nature - I even would go back and give wrong answers to see the results. It kept me interested in the subject and the information.

...As a vet tech, this course made me up my game a little. Usually I just follow doctor instructions. It's nice to see the logic and reasoning behind the treatments/tests I'm performing.

...descriptions of mechanism of action of the drugs used for treatment - good review!

...being able to narrow down different common causes of PU/PD and polyphagia.

...good tips for blood pressure measurement, treatment choices, and medication side effects.



Price: FREE