October 15, 2020: Last Day to Enroll

This course is closing. The last day to enroll is October 15, 2020. All completion requirements must be submitted no later than December 31, 2020.


Course Overview

A “fecal” may seem like one of the more humble tasks performed in a veterinary hospital. That does not diminish the importance of this examination, which can provide valuable information on the health status of veterinary patients. Parasite diagnosis and monitoring are vital to pet health and the health of pet owners, given the zoonotic potential of many parasites. Skill in the conduct and interpretation of fecal examinations is important if internal parasites are to be accurately diagnosed and effectively treated. The performance of reliable and accurate fecal examinations requires knowledge of the procedures, a thorough familiarity with the important parasites of dogs and cats, and an understanding of how to use this information in a reliable parasite control strategy.

It's easy to become complacent about parasite management—especially management of internal parasites. We now have highly effective products that prevent gastrointestinal parasites. Nevertheless, research indicates common canine and feline gastrointestinal parasites remain prevalent, due to everything from poor owner compliance to the limitations of “seasonal” prevention.


Continuing Education Credits

Course meets the requirements for 5 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.

This is an non-interactive online course that meets RACE requirements; program number 57-34519

Some states require state level approval and do not accept RACE without it. We are approved providers for the following states. Note that the Florida Medical Board does not recognize technicians and therefore only addresses veterinarian CE requirements.


Content Authors

This course was written by Lisa Dzyban, DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM with CAPC editing by Dr. Lora Rickard Ballweber. Course content provided by CAPC.


Course Access Requirements

VetMedTeam courses are asynchronous - they do not contain real time components. Participants log in at times convenient to personal schedules.

Participants do not need to complete the course in one sitting. However, participants who do not access the course for 30 consecutive days will be processed as incomplete. Any activity within the course will reset to the full 30 days time allotment.

Participants who are unable to complete a course may re-enroll at their convenience.


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

Focus on Fecal Diagnostics is designed for all members of the veterinary practice team who wish to improve their fecal diagnostic skills.

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain the life cycles of the most common internal parasites
  • Know how these parasites are transmitted
  • Determine the most effective method of treatment and prevention
  • Describe and perform the proper method for fecal examination
  • Identify the most common internal parasites under magnification
  • Know the zoonotic potential for the most common internal parasites
  • Follow the CAPC Guidelines for parasite control and prevention


Course Completion Requirements

  • Examination: Students must pass the examination with a score of 80% or better

  • Course Survey: Students must submit the course survey

Students who do not access the course for 30 consecutive days will be processed as incomplete.


Participant Feedback

...I liked the format. It separated the parasites by types, routes of infection, treatment, a photo, life cycle, etc.

...I like how they gave you examples and told you how and what to do. I also like how they gave you a chart to understand more where the infections take place. Another thing is the charts with the medicines, it really helped me understand how they were used and how much to give and what they were good for. i also like how the parasite where broken up in to its own category.

...The photographs were very useful in differentiating between parasites and ova; the material was well-organized and the information was very accessible.

...I work in a specialty hospital and so I always appreciate the refresher!

...different fecal diagnostic methods especially centrifugal flotation importance over simple flotation...

...The explanation of each species and the hosts which they come from, what/who is susceptible to them and what the symptoms are, plus how to treat them. I also really liked the chapter on the zoonotic diseases relating to parasites and how they are plus how to educate clients on them. All of the information provided was very useful. The chapter on proper testing procedures was very helpful and I plan to take this to my supervisor to suggest that we perhaps review our testing procedures and implement the suggestions by CAPC for better diagnostics with sick patients.

...I am very grateful to be able to print out the handout and use it for future use. I'm currently in school so this will be a great reference for my classes.

...The pictures of parasite ova under magnification were helpful in allowing me to identify these parasites in practice The information about susceptibility to and transmission of zoonotic infection will be very helpful when explaining whether a client should take precautions to protect themselves from contracting parasites from their pets.

...well outlined and presented. Simple text format is easy to read, comprehend and recall. No distractions as with Articulate or other PowerPoint type presentation. Each parasite was covered in the same manner which made contrasts and comparisons much easier to visualize.

...I liked that the questions on the tests went in the same order of the information given because it was easier to follow along and not get confused with the different classifications and types of parasites. I also felt the pictures were beneficial because it was a different way to present the information other than text. I also liked how the sections were labeled to let the reader know what was being discussed in each section. I also like that there is no time limit so there is less pressure when taking the tests.

...It was comprehensive, practical, to-the-point, simplified, and to some extend fun.


Upcoming Sessions



Price: FREE

This course is closing. The last day to enroll is October 15, 2020. All completion requirements must be submitted no later than December 31, 2020.