VetVine, a site for veterinary professionals providing accredited, relevant and convenient online continuing education for individuals and hospital teams, has recently expanded its offerings to equine education. VetVine provides a cost-effective and practical solution to earning CE credit while learning the most current information on a particular topic.
Joan Norton VMD, DACVIM of Norton Veterinary Consulting and Education Resources (NVCER), will provide a series of accredited coursework for the equine practitioners. Dr. Norton, known as an energetic and engaging presenter, was recently a guest and subject matter expert on Health Matters on National Public Radio and Rick Lamb's The Horse Show. She was also a popular presenter at Equine Affaire in Massachusetts this fall.
The first CE event Dr. Norton will lead, New Techniques in Diagnosing and Treating Equine Metabolic Syndrome is scheduled for January 8, 2013.
"Recent research suggests that simple stall-side tests for diagnosing EMS may be more appropriate than the previously thought, 'gold standard' complex techniques," explained Dr. Norton who speaks regularly on the topic. "A greater understanding of the pathogenesis of this disease has lead us to use tests that incorporate testing of GI tract function. These revelations of the intestine's involvement in this disease process has also caused us to rethink some therapeutics that were thought to be ineffective. This lecture will review the pathogenesis of EMS as well as the newer techniques for on-farm diagnosis and treatment regimes."
Dr. Norton's upcoming topics on VetVine include:
- January 8, 2013- New Techniques in Diagnosing and Treating Equine Metabolic Syndrome 
- February 12, 2013- Pregnancy Diagnosis and Progesterone Levels in the Equine 
- May 15, 2013- The Dashboard Effect - Hematologic and Biochemistry Abnormalities That Aren't the Horse's Fault 
- June 5, 2013- Equine Cushing's Disease 
For more information go to: http://www.vetvine.com/ 
Joan Norton VMD, DACVIM, founded Norton Veterinary Consulting and Education Resources to promote equine veterinary education to horse owners, professionals and veterinarians. In addition to education on both general and focused topics, Norton Veterinary Consulting and Education Resources offers case-by-case equine and large animal internal medicine consulting services for veterinarians to review blood work, ultrasounds, x-rays, research topics and/or supply the latest, up-to-date information to help diagnose and manage challenging or mysterious cases.
In addition, Dr. Norton has written a useful pocket-sized book, Equine First Aid Handbook perfect to tuck into the trunk at the barn, which contains must-have information on how to recognize and handle common equine emergencies.