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 1080322


Content Presenter

Sarah Wooten, DVM, CVJ


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

VetCE Virtual: Battling the Bulge - Strategies for Managing Obesity in Veterinary Patients utilizes the archive of a live presentation under the same name.

This course reviews current statistics of obesity in dogs and cats including prevalence, contributing factors, and comorbidities. It examines the endocrine and inflammatory components of obesity, as well as how to use tools to diagnose obesity. It also explains how to estimate ideal body weight, calculate RER and amount to feed to achieve ideal weight, important factors in weight loss diets, how to choose the right food, and how to prevent obesity in the first place. Lastly, the course outlines a 6 step process to easily guide your clients through a successful weight loss program.

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

  • cite current statistics of obesity in dogs and cats including prevalence, contributing factors, and comorbidities
  • cite endocrine and inflammatory components of obesity
  • demonstrate how to use tools to diagnose obesity
  • calculate RER for both dogs and cats for weight loss
  • discuss how to choose the right diet and special ingredient considerations
  • describe the 6 steps to a guiding a client through a successful weight loss program
  • communicate strategies to prevent obesity in veterinary patients


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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