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Source: Joseph Chapes, 785-532-2122, jchapes@vet.k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Joe Montgomery, 785-532-4193, jmontgom@vet.k-state.edu

Monday, March 8, 2010

K-STATE ONLINE SEMINARS OFFER OPTIONS FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION IN VETERINARY MEDICINE

MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's Veterinary Medicine Online has recently introduced a series of 30 new online seminars as part of its existing Bovine, Small Ruminant, Camelid and new Equine Seminar Series.

As of March 1, the new online seminars provide a convenient way for veterinarians to earn continuing education hours without leaving their homes or practices. Users will be able to log in and watch recorded seminars presented by faculty from the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine and guest speakers.

The new Equine Seminar Series is offered in six segments focusing on equine laminitis. These seminars feature contributions from Dr. Raul Bras, an associate veterinarian in the podiatry department at the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky.

Among the programs are 13 new bovine seminars emphasizing bull evaluation and management. These include five presentations by Dr. Albert Barth, professor of theriogenology at the University of Saskatchewan.

Also, there are 11 new sheep and goat seminars adding to the existing programs previously available as part of the Small Ruminant Seminar Series. Topics range from parasite management and nutrition to cesarean sections and medicine of sheep and goats.

A large array of topics are available covering nutrition, reproduction, medicine, neonatology and surgery of llamas and alpacas. These seminars feature recognized experts in the care and management of camelids.

Veterinarians who use K-State's Veterinary Medicine Online programs earn continuing education credit by watching a captured seminar and taking a short quiz. Once the user passes the quiz, they are then provided with certificates confirming their completed continuing education hours.

The programs are available as individual seminars or in three new certificate-of-completion programs that allow users to purchase a package of seminars for a reduced price. Users are granted access to individual seminars for 14 days and certificate-of-completion programs for 28 days.

In order to renew a veterinary license, a veterinarian is required to earn a certain number of hours of continuing education each year. Each state has different requirements for the number of hours a veterinarian must complete.

K-State's Veterinary Medicine Online is produced by the College of Veterinary Medicine. More information is available at http://www.vet.k-state.edu/CE