Course Overview

A “fecal” may seem like one of the more humble tasks performed in a veterinary hospital. That does not diminish the importance of this examination, which can provide valuable information on the health status of veterinary patients. Parasite diagnosis and monitoring are vital to pet health and the health of pet owners, given the zoonotic potential of many parasites. Skill in the conduct and interpretation of fecal examinations is important if internal parasites are to be accurately diagnosed and effectively treated. The performance of reliable and accurate fecal examinations requires knowledge of the procedures, a thorough familiarity with the important parasites of dogs and cats, and an understanding of how to use this information in a reliable parasite control strategy.

It's easy to become complacent about parasite management—especially management of internal parasites. We now have highly effective products that prevent gastrointestinal parasites. Nevertheless, research indicates common canine and feline gastrointestinal parasites remain prevalent, due to everything from poor owner compliance to the limitations of “seasonal” prevention.


Continuing Education Credits

Course meets the requirements for 5 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.

This is an non-interactive online course that meets RACE requirements; program number 57-10520


Course Access Requirements

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

Focus on Fecal Diagnostics is designed for all members of the veterinary practice team who wish to improve their fecal diagnostic skills.

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain the life cycles of the most common internal parasites
  • Know how these parasites are transmitted
  • Determine the most effective method of treatment and prevention
  • Describe and perform the proper method for fecal examination
  • Identify the most common internal parasites under magnification
  • Know the zoonotic potential for the most common internal parasites
  • Follow the CAPC Guidelines for parasite control and prevention


Course Completion Requirements

  • Examination: Students must pass the examination with a score of 80% or better

  • Course Survey: Students must submit the course survey

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



...A Good review of parasites. Technique section was most benefical.

...Was very detailed information, the diagrams and pictures helped. was interesting and eye catching.

...the information about Toxoplasma was beneficial to me in that it will help me inform pregnant women to be cautious in this type of situation.

...I really appreciated the egg/adult images and the life cycle charts.

...The photographs were very useful in differentiating between parasites and ova; the material was well-organized and the information was very accessible.

...It taught me certain aspects of fecal and heartworm material that I did not know before.


Course Authors

This course was written by Lisa Dzyban, DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM with CAPC editing by Dr. Lora Rickard Ballweber. Course content provided by CAPC.



Price: FREE



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