NAVTA Journal CE Overview

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) publishes The NAVTA Journal on a bi-monthly basis. Each issue contains an article approved by RACE for technicians. The applicable article is included within the course therefore access to The NAVTA Journal is not required to enroll. These articles are open to all members of the veterinary community for the fee stated in the payment area below.

Article CE Free For NAVTA Members:

All current NAVTA paid members may take any or all CE opportunities at no cost as a member benefit.
The special enrollment code is sent directly to each member by NAVTA.
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Free CE Opportunity For Everyone: NAVTA publishes an annual convention issue. The CE in the convention issues are free for all. To view NAVTA's free offerings please visit the Free CE page here on VetMedTeam.


RACE Approved For Veterinary Technicians/Nurses

Course meets the requirements for 1 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.
RACE Subject Category: Medical; Delivery Method: Non-interactive Distance; Program Number 977324 


Article Author

Oreta M. Samples, VT, MPH, DHSc


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

Veterinary Polypharmacy is a self study course.

Polypharmacy is something that is often thought of as a human medical issue. However, pets may also suffer from the effects of a variety of medications being administered at once. Veterinary technicians often are the first to notice the in-house patient who may be exhibiting signs of polypharmacy in the form of drug interactions and counterindications. Owners must be cautioned to report any unusual symptomology in pets that are on multiple forms of treatment. Regular reviews of all medications being taken, including over the counter or holistic preparations, should be done to ensure that polypharmacy is not occurring.

At the end of the presentation attendees should be able to:

  • define the meaning of polypharmacy in animals
  • communicate effectively with pet owners the danger of polypharmacy in pets
  • discuss effectively with pet owners the dangers of self-practicing of polypharmacy of pet medications


Open Enrollment with Immediate Access and Individual Scheduling

This is an open enrollment course. Participants may enroll at any time. Upon submission of enrollment the participant is immediately added to the course. The course welcome email provides login and other important information.

This is an asynchronous course, meaning it does not contain real time components. Participants do not need to be logged into the course at specific times to attend lectures or view presentations. Participants do not need to complete the course in one sitting.

Completion Deadline:

Participants have 60 days from date of enrollment to view the presentation, as often as desired, as well as submit the two completion requirements outlined below. If after 60 days the completion requirements have not been submitted, the participant will be graded out of the course as incomplete.


Completion Requirements

The completion requirements for this course are:

  • complete the quiz with a score of 80% or better - multiple attempts are permitted
  • submit the course survey

Upon submission of the final completion requirement, the participant will automatically be marked as completed and the course completion email will be sent out. The participant will have immediate access to the certificate.



Price: $25.00 USD

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