Course Overview

A frantic client is on the phone with a pet that will not stop seizing; a HBC cat is rushed through the front door; a patient is in treatment who is critical and requires ICU level medical care - one of the realities of veterinary medicine is that emergencies can and will happen. As a veterinary technician are you prepared to respond? Do you have the skills and knowledge needed to provide advanced critical care for hospitalized patients?

ECC: Assessment and Treatment of the Critically Ill Patient: Part Four is designed to build on the knowledge base of experienced technicians. This 6-week advanced level course covers gastrointestinal and endocrine emergencies as well as other miscellaneous situations not covered in the first three courses. It includes challenging assignments that will require the student to utilize professional experience and critical thinking skills, along with new concepts and knowledge acquired through the course materials. Participants are not required to work in practice to complete this course. 

Note: Each of the courses in the ECC: Assessment and Treatment of the Critically Ill Patient  series is free-standing and participants may take the courses in any order. All 4 courses in the series utilize the same textbook.

This course was formally titled Advanced Principles of Emergency Patient Care, Part Four.


Continuing Education Credits

Course meets the requirements for 20 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 57-13574.


Veterinary Technician Specialty Academy Acceptance

The Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians (AVECCT)

The ECC: Assessment and Treatment of the Critically Ill Patient: Part Four course
is accepted by the Academy towards continuing education requirements.


Course Content

Some of the topics discussed in this course are gastrointestinal and endocrine emergencies and considerations. This course also covers ocular diseases, heatstroke, anaphylaxis, sepsis/SIRS, and tumor lysis syndrome. This course is specific to dogs and cats; it does not include large animals or exotics.


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

ECC: Assessment and Treatment of the Critically Ill Patient: Part Four is an advanced 6-week course designed for veterinary technicians who already have a good baseline knowledge of emergency and critical care medicine.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Differentiate between small and large bowel diarrhea
  • Distinguish between vomiting and regurgitation and understand the clinical significance of each
  • Articulate the uses of gastrointestinal and endocrine medications
  • Recognize a patient with acute abdomen, the possible causes, and significance of each
  • Differentiate between SIRS, MODS, and sepsis
  • Manage a hospitalized patient with DKA
  • Recognize and discuss adrenal and thyroid emergencies including the pathophysiology
  • Explain and assist with peritoneal lavage or an abdominocentesis
  • Outline the possible injuries that can occur with abdominal trauma
  • Employ proper emergency treatment for a patient with heatstroke
  • Recognize and discuss tumor lysis syndrome
  • Recognize and discuss a patient with anaphylaxis including the pathophysiology


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 found the topics to be very interesting. The case studies were fun to think through!

...The class was excellent, as are all of Brandy's classes. She is thorough and detailed and the information presented is applicable to my job on a daily basis.

...The case study writing experience has been most beneficial.

...I enjoyed this course very much. I especially like working with case studies and their answer keys.Bojo was very interesting and my coworkers were eager to place their input.

...I like having someone knowledgeable to ask any questions when I am unclear on any topic.

...To be honest, I was not thrilled about having to do case studies, but in the end, I felt like I understood the cases better and the pathophysiology. It made me think about things I never thought about before and it was refreshing.

...I liked learning more about DKA, hypoglycemia, adrenal issues, and GI diseases and medications because we see a lot of these cases at our ER.

...The case studies presented to us were the most helpful.


Required Materials

Small Animal Critical Care Medicine Authored by: Deborah Silverstein DVM, DACVECC and Kate Hopper BVSc, MVSc, DACVECC

Important Text Information:

It is mandatory that each participant has access to this textbook as the content of the book is not reproduced within the course. It is up to each person to determine the best way to acquire the text. Some will already have the text in their library and, therefore, will not need to purchase another copy. The text is available as a print publication and as an eBook. Where to purchase and in what format is totally up to the participant. The text is not included in the fee for this course.

USA residents: Elsevier texts, both print and eBook, are available via the VetMedTeam Elsevier Text Portal at discounts off regular retail of 25 - 35 %. If you would like to visit the portal to take advantage of the discount please use this link:

VetMedTeam's Elsevier Text Portal

Important: Regardless of which option the participant chooses, access to a copy of the textbook is mandatory. Without the text, the student will not be able to complete the assignments, case studies and examinations. If enrolling close to or beyond the course start date, it is recommended that the text be purchased as an eBook to prevent text acquisition related delays. VetMedTeam has no control over shipping delays and other related problems.


Additional Courses Using Required Text


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

  • Instructor Graded Interactive Case Study Assignments: Designed to help the participant apply the newly learned skills and knowledge though patient and practice based scenarios

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

  • Course survey


Course Instructor

Brandy Tabor, BS, CVT, VTS (ECC)Brandy Tabor, BS, CVT, VTS (ECC)

A native of Colorado, Brandy graduated from Colorado State University in the spring of 2003 with a BS in Equine Sciences. While attending CSU, she worked as a nurse’s assistant in the Critical Care Unit at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Here, she learned just how far you can go with a career as a veterinary technician. She enrolled in Front Range Community College in Loveland, CO, graduating in 2005. Brandy then moved to Parker, CO where she currently works as an emergency and critical care technician. She had the honor of becoming a member of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Technicians in 2008.

Brandy has a passion for writing and has written several articles for Veterinary Technician magazine including ”Recognizing and Treating Diabetic Ketoacidosis”, “Heatstroke in Dogs”, and “Osteoarthritis”

Brandy currently lives with two birds, three cats, and one crazy dog.



Price: $179.00



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