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Veterinary Medicine Continuing Education Credits

Veterinarians, veterinary technicians and practice managers are invited to earn continuing education credit by attending one or more animal health-focused information sessions at K-State Olathe.

The continuing education classes are instructed by faculty in Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Each session is from 6-7 p.m. at the K-State Olathe campus.  

Choose from the following: 

Susan Nelson

Feb. 8

Susan Nelson, D.V.M.
Clinical Associate Professor
College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University

"Current Vaccine Guidelines for Dogs and Cats"
Abstract of the topic

Vaccines are not only vital to the health and welfare of our cats and dogs, but they also are critical in the management of several zoonotic diseases. Over the years, vaccines against various diseases and their routes of administration have been evolving. Some vaccines have been discontinued altogether, others have been modified, and new ones have been introduced.

This discussion is a review of the current vaccines that are available, highlights of AAFP and AAHA vaccine guidelines and other factors that may influence vaccine selection and use for individual practices.


Neala Boyer

Feb. 22


Neala Boyer, D.V.M.
Clinical Assistant Professor
College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University

Part 1: "Chronic Pain Management in Dogs and Cats"

Part 2: "Diagnostic Evaluation of Itchy Dogs and Cats for the General Practice Veterinarian"
Abstract of the topics

For the first half of the seminar, we will focus primarily on chronic pain management in dogs and cats with some discussion on acute in hospital and at home therapies as well. Some of the newest therapeutic approaches in the field will be discussed. Therapeutic categories discussed will include NSAIDs, opioids, gabapentin, ketamine, tramadol and serotonin syndrome, over the counter options, Adequan®, local anesthetics as well as some of the upcoming and newest products available.

For the second half of the seminar, we will discuss diagnostic testing and how to systematically work through evaluating the skin of itchy dogs and cats. Topics discussed will include Demodex, Sarcoptes, bacterial and yeast infections, dermatophytes and allergies associated with fleas, atopy and food. Treatments options and management strategies also will be discussed.


Mary Lynn Higginbotham 

March 29


Mary Lynn Higginbotham, D.V.M., M.S., DACVIM
Associate Professor
College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University

"What's New in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Lymphoma in Pets?"
Abstract of this topic

Lymphoma is relatively common in both dogs and cats. In some instances, however, confirming a diagnosis can be challenging. Cytologic and histologic evaluation of tissue samples traditionally have been the route to diagnosis. Additional diagnostic tests, including flow cytometry, polymerase chain reaction for antigen receptor rearrangement (PARR), immunocytochemistry and immunohistochemistry are now frequently discussed when considering a lymphoma diagnosis. In addition to advances in diagnostic testing, new therapeutic options for the treatment of lymphoma are within reach.

This seminar will discuss the benefits and limitations of advanced diagnostic testing as well as the new therapeutic options we have available (or will soon have available) in the treatment of lymphoma in our canine patients.


Ellyn Mulcahy

April 12


Ellyn Mulcahy, Ph.D., MPH
Director of Master of Public Health Program
Associate Professor
College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University

"One Health and Public Health: An Update"
Abstract of this topic

One Health, formerly referred to as "One Medicine," is a strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaboration amongst health care professionals for humans and animals and the environment. One Health and public health both seek to promote and defend health and wellbeing by enhancing cooperation between physicians, veterinarians and other scientific and environmental professionals. The One Health initiative works to integrate human medicine, veterinary medicine and environmental science through local, national and global communication and education. Veterinarians play an important role in the education of animal owners about the risks of zoonotic diseases for their animals and their families. Therefore, this places the veterinarian in a prominent position for veterinary public health and public health education at the community level.

This program will help update your knowledge and familiarize you with zoonotic diseases important to One Health and public health. Zoonotic diseases, or zoonoses, are diseases that are transmitted between humans and animals resulting in major public health concerns. They can be caused by a variety of organisms including bacteria, parasites, prions and viruses. Discussions will focus on hosts, pathogens and methods of surveillance and investigation.

An update on the emergence and re-emergence of important aetiological agents in the context of One Health and public health, including Influenza Virus, will be discussed. It is estimated that 5-20 percent of the population gets the flu annually, and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized every year following complications arising from influenza infection, with approximately 36,000 human mortalities being recorded in the U.S. alone. Of those hospitalized, 20,000 are children younger than 5 years old. More than 90 percent of deaths and 60 percent of hospitalizations occur in people older than 65. These are important susceptible groups for veterinarians to be concerned with when discussing Influenza and zoonoses with their clients. Mutation of the virus and how this contributes to the emergence of new viral strains including avian strains will be discussed. Recent unusual H7N2 avian Influenza activity in more than 100 cats in the US and subsequent transmission to one veterinarian will be explored.



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Feb. 8 - April 26
6-7 p.m.

K-State Olathe
22201 W. Innovation Dr.
Olathe, KS 66061