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 1080390


Content Presenter

Jackie Parr, BScH, DVM, MSc, DACVIM


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

VetCE on Demand: Is That Veterinary Diet Really Too Expensive? Effective Cost Conversations utilizes the archive of a live presentation under the same name.

Cost conversations regarding veterinary diets, especially those used as part of treatment plans for medical conditions, are a mainstay of client interactions for veterinary professionals. A quick internet search provides a glimpse into the misinformation surrounding the cost of veterinary diets. Unfortunately, this type of misinformation can make conversations regarding cost more challenging for veterinary professionals and prior research in companion animal hospitals has revealed that cost conversations were uncommon during appointments. Like any conversation regarding the cost of veterinary services or products, customizing the conversation to the individual pet is critical, by focusing on the value to the pet. To facilitate the ease of cost conversations, veterinary teams can be trained to utilize existing resources to have cost conversations and to apply these learnings to common scenarios in small animal veterinary practice, including elimination diet trials and effective weight loss plans.

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

  • discuss the challenges faced by pet owners and veterinary teams when it comes to cost discussions
  • explain how to efficiently calculate the cost per day of a specific diet using existing tools.
  • utilize cost factors when discussing elimination diet trials and effective weight loss plans with pet owners


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.

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