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Course Overview

Delilah has been vomiting and not eating over the last two days. The owners bring her to the hospital because she first vomited food and it has changed to bile. The only medications Delilah has been taking are monthly heartworm and flea products. As the history and medical clues unfold, the author discusses a diagnosis and medical treatment plan that can be applied in any veterinary practice. As the participant progresses through the course, critical thinking examination questions will be asked. Depending on the answer chosen, an explanation of the correct or incorrect answer choice is presented to bring the participant into a deeper understanding of Delilah's condition and treatment.

CSI: Delilah - Tracking Down Tummy Trouble is a progressive Case Study Investigation course that leads the participant from Delilah's hospital admission to treatment and eventual discharge. The goal of this case study-based course is to bring awareness in the treatment for inappetence and vomiting while discovering there can be a serious illness causing the medical symptoms.


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 747943.


Content Author

Jennifer Garcia, DVM, DACVIM


Participation Access Parameters

This course provides open enrollment. Students may enroll at any time and are instantly added to the course and sent the course welcome email. After reading the information provided in the welcome email, students may begin the course.

VetMedTeam courses are asynchronous - they do not contain real time components. Students login while the course is in session at times convenient to personal schedules.

Students will have 30 days from the date of enrollment to access and complete the course.


Course Content

This course addresses shock and its presenting symptoms as well as drugs associated with inducing it, calculation of the fluids needed to treat shock, diagnostic confirmation, and in-hospital recovery until the patient is stabilized.


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

This course is appropriate for all veterinary practice team members involved in patient care who wish to broaden and/or review their medical knowledge. The cases contain medical terminology so a fundamental understanding of general medical terms and procedures is recommended.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Identify crystalloid fluids that are appropriate for the treatment of shock
  • Swiftly calculate an estimate for the shock bolus of fluids
  • Employ the formulas used to calculate fluid deficit and maintenance
  • Recognize the clinical and diagnostic signs associated with this medical condition
  • Discuss the importance of treatment in-hospital until recovery
  • Restate drugs associated with causing this condition in dogs


Course Completion Requirements

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

  • Course Survey: Students must submit the course survey

Upon submission of the final completion requirement, the student will be automatically marked as completed and the course completion email will be sent out. The student will have immediate access to the certificate.

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


Participant Feedback

...I liked the Real world aspects. Giving you the chance to choose your best intention and then giving reasons as to why or why not it is the best decision for the pt

...I liked the explanation of why different drugs might be chosen, why certain tests at certain intervals and what the results indicate.

...Integration of dietary management into the treatment and at-home care...

...relevant, progressive assessment flow, good support information...

...I liked that many formulas were reviewed and how to prevent fluid overload when giving both crystalloids and colloids.

...The most current information regarding the management of pancreatitis, some of which corrects previously held standards of care...

...I have been looking for a CE presentation for the last 22 years that very clearly spelled out crystalloids and colloid doses and how to calculate them. This was it!

...Systematic evolution of a case in a hospital setting- real world...

...As an emergency/specialty certified veterinary technician this case was very applicable in my day to day work. Always nice to have a refresher.

...This was a great review. I use to work in ER and we seen cases like this all the time,and i always wondered why the doctors would go certain routs with treatment. the course showed me why we treat the way we do and why it necessary to run the diagnostic testing. I most likely will review this again.

...Appropriate for Vet Tech clinical information.

...I like the questions regarding what course of treatment should be followed based on lab results. Also, the multiple formulas for fluid/nutrition therapy.

...I love her interactive questions for treatment and planning for the patients. As a tech , it's nice to be able to anticipate my doctor's orders and this CSI really helped me visualize my steps.

...I attended a lecture at NAVC on pancreatitis and the information in this CE is very up to date and informative. I enjoyed it very much.

...is something we see so frequently in hospital, it was good education behind the decisions the doctors make.

...I liked being able to physically see the CBC and Chemistry Blood panel.

...The questions were thought provoking, and the explanations really got to the core of the issue.



Price: FREE