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 1000382


Content Presenter

Kate Boatright, VMD


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

VetCE on Demand: Emergency Stabilization for General Practitioners utilizes the archive of a live presentation under the same name.

This course will provide general practitioners with a practical, stepwise approach to the assessment and stabilization of small animal emergency cases. Considerations for patient transfer to an emergency/specialty hospital as well as communication tips with emergency clinicians will be discussed. A case-based approach will be used to discuss common case presentations including trauma, respiratory distress, and blocked cats. A practical approach to fluid therapy, pain management, and other emergency treatments will be the focus of the reviewed in a case-based format. Key client communication points for common emergency presentations will be reviewed. Limitations of general practice in managing emergencies will be acknowledged.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • explain a systematic approach to emergency cases from triage to transfer.
  • outline strategies to smooth the transfer process to emergency clinics and build relationships between colleagues.
  • discuss a practical approach to common emergency case presentations in small animal practice within the limitations of equipment and supplies available at most general practices.


Participant Feedback

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

...I came from ER to a GP and now I am managing it and this was helpful for me to get some info together to present to my team to help them prepare for urgent/emergent cases since a lot of them are new to the field or have never worked ER/urgent care

...I appreciated the case based section towards the end to bring everything together

...The course was very educational and the speaker was easy to listen to and follow the information presented

...I like the "practical" vs. ivory tower standard in these discussions.


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

Practices may enroll individual team members. To learn how to assign a specific team member to a course, please visit the Assigning Students page.

Please use this link to view the Withdrawal Policy for this course.