Course Overview

It’s about 11 am and it has been a busy morning. A case is admitted that needs some special attention and the doctor’s orders indicate the patient is to be given an oral medication available at 125mg/mL. The dosage is 50mg/kg per day split into 2 doses. Can you calculate the correct dosage? Can all the medical members of your team?

Administration of an overdose of a drug may cause side effects, or in the worst-case scenario, cost an animal its life. Conversely, under dosage could also cause great problems, for example, where an antibiotic under-dose has consequently created a bacterial mutation which is now resistant to that particular antibiotic. If the members of the veterinary medical team are skilled at calculating dosages for their patients, miscalculations are more likely to be noticed and rectified long before a drug is administered to a patient incorrectly.

Veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants and students alike will find this 6-week course an invaluable reference source, whether performing relevant veterinary calculations or studying for the VTNE. Participants are not required to work in practice to complete this course. 

PLEASE NOTE: This course contains flash based Articulate presentations. iPhones and iPads are not natively flash compatible but if a flash compatible browser has been installed on the iPad the presentations will play correctly. This link Flash on iPads provides information on flash compatible browsers. The presentations may also be viewed on a Mac.

This course was previously titled Basic Principles of Veterinary 


Continuing Education Credits

Course meets the requirements for 15 RACE hours of continuing education credit for veterinary technicians 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 course is an interactive online course that meets RACE requirements; program number 57-10522.


Course Content

Core Veterinary Skills: Mathematical Calculations is a 6-week course designed to provide an overview of basic concepts related to veterinary calculations. Numerous worked examples are included to develop the student’s confidence in carrying out the procedures involved.

Each type of calculation has its own separate section and is created to present the concepts in the clearest method possible. The course is structured in such a way that the student can progress from a simple explanation of the arithmetic principles involved to the application of these principles essential to veterinary calculations.


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

This course is appropriate for all team members desiring to increase their skill in veterinary medical math.

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

  • Recognize common abbreviations
  • Perform fraction, percentage, decimal, and unit conversions
  • Demonstrate the mathematical preparation of solutions and dilutions
  • Determine and understand a patient's energy requirements
  • Calculate fluid dosages and estimate fluid deficits and maintenance
  • Calculate fluid drip rates
  • Utilize terminology associated with inhalant anesthetic gases
  • Formulate tidal volume, minute volume, and anesthetic flow rate
  • Discuss basic radiology mathematical concepts and manipulate radiology calculations


Participation Access Parameters

The design of this course allows participants to enroll at any time. 

After enrolling, please allow up to 48 hours for course activation. Each participant will have a personal start and end date that begins upon activation.


Participant Feedback

...I am taking this course as a substitution to another course offered at my college. I had taken a class similar to this (minus the radiology and anesthesia module) but didn't pass it. The flexibility to complete it on my own time and resubmit assignments and tests makes the chance of receiving a passing grade very beneficial to me.

...The whole course was very beneficial for me. It's been a while since I have done dosage and it was an excellent review. I liked that the Radiography and anesthetic gases and flow rates were in the course as well.

...I enjoyed this course very much. The dilution module was great! I like the way the course is structured and there was sufficient examples in each module to help fully understand each potential situation in "real life" well done!

...Review of fluid needs and drip rates was clear, concise, and understandable. Review of dilutions/concentrations was very handy. The quizzes and final exam were comprehensive and of adequate challenge level.

...The step by step methods the course was laid out in was very helpful. I used the course to improve my confidence in math used in every day clinic use. I wanted to also increase my knowledge in areas we don't use math as frequently, due to charts pre done in our clinic. I achieved this goals in the majority of the areas I was seeking to do so.

...I liked the interactive presentations of the material, it required me to be engaged during each module which ensured that I learned the material. I also liked the variation in assignments it kept the work interesting especially since the module's each had multiple assignments.


Course Completion Requirements

Completed students are awarded a certificate of completion. Completion requirements include:

  • Instructor Graded Interactive Module Assignments: Designed to help the participant reinforce newly learned material

  • Examinations: All examinations must be submitted with a score of 80% or better

  • Course survey


Course Instructor

Amy Johnson BS, AAS, CVT, RLATGAmy Johnson BS, AAS, CVT, RLATG

Amy graduated from University of Nebraska at Omaha with a BS in biology. After graduation, she went into protein chemistry research at Creighton University’s School of Medicine. It did not take her long to realize how much she missed working with animals and she went back to school and graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology.

Amy has experience in small animal and emergency practices, medical research, and education. Amy received her Registered Laboratory Animal Technologist with AALAS in 2008. She has been teaching for many years and is currently at Bel-Rea Institute of Animal technology in Denver Colorado. She has instructed classes in Medical Terminology, Math, Chemistry, Small Animal Diseases, Laboratory Animal Medicine, Hematology, Microbiology, Clinical Chemistry, and Anatomy.

Amy is an active member of the Colorado Association of Veterinary Technicians, has served as President of the Executive Board for CACVT, and is a part of the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators. She lives outside of Denver with her husband, young son, two dogs, and three cats.



Price: $179.00



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