Continuing Education Credits

Course meets the requirements for 1 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.

RACE Subject Category: Medical; Delivery Method: Non-interactive Distance; Program Number 1001090


Content Presenter

Stefanie Perry, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

VetCE on Demand: Dental Nerve Blocks for Zen Anesthesia utilizes the archive of a live presentation under the same name.

This course explores the different site and drug choices needed to perform safe dental nerve blocks in dogs and cats by identifying risk factors, adverse effects, and contraindications. It will familiarize attendees with anatomy of the dog and cat skull with regard to innervation of the face and jaw. It will also define the indications for nerve blocks and appropriate site choices with evidence-based references for good decision making. The ultimate goal is to provide multimodal pain relief and balanced anesthesia for dental procedures.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course participants should be able to:

  • outline the anatomy of the dog and cat skull with regard to innervation of the face and jaw
  • explain the indications for nerve blocks and list appropriate site choices to provide multimodal pain relief in dentistry
  • list drug choices, onset, duration of action, and adverse effects of each drug
  • compare and contrast different approaches and techniques based on species, skull type, and indications.
  • identify risk factors, adverse effects, and contraindications of performing nerve blocks


Participant Feedback

When asked what aspects of the course liked best some responses were:

...It was a good introduction to blocks

...I liked the diagrams.

...I really liked the detailed video demonstrations for each of the dental nerve blocks.

...Very well done!


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.


Course Fee

Price: $25.00 USD

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