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RACE Approved Interactive For Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians/Nurses

Course meets the requirements for 18 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: Interactive Distance; Program Number 752415 .

This course requires employment at a practice to complete one or more assignments. .


Course Focus - Learning Objectives - Completion Requirements

The format of this course is asynchronous interactive distance medical. New students may enroll at any time.

Veterinary Medicine: Small Animal Advanced Anesthesia Part One, although at an advanced veterinary level, may be appropriate for technicians seeking higher level training. The course deals with tasks that are only within the scope of the veterinarian, however the content and assignments are within the realm of technicians who have strong foundational training and experience. The support of a practice veterinarian is strongly recommended for technician students.

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

  • define acid-base balance, identify systems responsible for maintaining acid-base balance, discuss simple and mixed disorders and compare alternative approaches to acid-base analysis
  • evaluate fluid and electrolyte distribution and develop perianesthetic fluid therapy protocols based on patient status
  • identify and contrast crystalloids, colloids and various blood products
  • evaluate and select drugs to create a balanced anesthetic protocol
  • select drugs for anesthesia based on patient related factors, procedure length and invasiveness
  • identify appropriate delivery systems and anesthetic agents , develop safe and appropriate anesthetic and analgesia protocols and manage anesthetic emergencies in rabbits, rodents, pocket pets and non-domesticated/exotic patients
  • identify conditions, evaluate and utilize appropriate anesthetic agents and implement local and regional blocks for ocular surgical patients
  • assess the alterations on females induced by pregnancy and consider the impact of these alterations on anesthesia
  • evaluate drugs that cross the placenta, identify appropriate anesthetic drugs for cesarean section patients and anticipate the need and care of neonates
  • identify and manage shock, administer supportive therapies and determine the best anesthetic protocols in a trauma or critically ill patient
  • identify the special considerations of, and prepare an anesthetic plan for, a neonate or geriatric patient
  • explain the importance of local and regional blocks in dental patients
  • develop an appropriate anesthetic protocol for orthopedic patients that includes local, regional and postoperative analgesia
  • develop an anesthetic plan for laryngoscopy and bronchoscopy patients
  • identify contrast agents used for MRI and CT scans
  • implement safe anesthetic protocols for patients with a mega esophagus
  • develop anesthetic protocols for an exploratory laparotomy
  • describe considerations associated with GDV, hemoabdomen, and obesity

Completion requirements:

Instructor Graded Interactive Critical Thinking and Case Study Scenario Assignments: Designed to help the participant apply the newly learned skills and knowledge via implementation focused and patient based scenarios

Comprehensive Module Quizzes: Must be submitted with a score of 80% or better, multiple attempts are allowed

Course Survey

A certificate of completion is provided.


How Does the Enrollment Process Work?

This course is designed to be as schedule friendly as possible as we understand it can be hard to fit interactive CE into an already busy life. Open enrollment allows students to enroll in this course at any time.

Once the course payment transaction has been submitted, we will receive a notification of enrollment. In addition, the student will be sent a couple of "heads up" emails. The payment receipt will be sent to the email address designated in the payment page of the shopping cart, by the person who paid.

There is a post-payment manual process we must complete in order to add the new student to the course.

Completing enrollments as quickly as possible is a priority but it can take a full 24 hours, especially on weekends and holidays. Once fully enrolled. the student will be sent a course welcome email containing important information, including how to access and log into the course.


Activity Requirements

Students are not expected to be online in the course at any specific times as there are no real time lectures.

In order to remain active in the course, a student must post assignments on a regular basis. Module or final exams, reading or viewing training materials, or just logging into the course, does not meet this requirement. Assignments are course activites that require submission to the instructor for review, grading (pass/fail) and feedback. As long as the participant continues to make regular progress, course access time is not set to a specific deadline.

If 30 days elapses without submitted assignment activity, the student will be removed from the course and graded out as incomplete, as the lack of activity will indicate the student wishes to drop the course.

But What If Something Comes Up?:

There are times that students will have situations that interfere with their ability to work the course on a regular basis. In that case an email to VetMedTeam, as soon as such a situation arises, will allow us to work with the student to adjust the time frame. It all comes down to communication.


Technology Requirements

Reading content within the course is provided via PDF therefore the ability to download files and open PDFs is required.

It is recommended that participants utilize a program such as MS Word to create, and save, their assignment submission to their computer. Then the information can be pasted into the assignment submission area.


Participant Feedback

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

...I feel much more confident in identifying potential anesthetic risks. With this new knowledge I am better prepared to assist the Doctors in anesthetic protocols from the pre-anesthesia phase to the recovery phase. Also, I have gained confidence in client communications about the risk of anesthesia which is a vital part of my career as a LVT.

...The questions in assignments forced me to look deeply in the science of the anesthesia and analgesia and not let passed any important information. They helped me to be very conscious and more confident on a field that was a bit confuse and scary before. A clear and complex vision that I gained from this course, and it was very helpful to understand the causality as regards anesthesia and analgesia, and put my previously acquired knowledge sets in order. Thank you very much.

...The case studies at the end were challenging and really tied it all together. The course was well put together and definitely worth the time invested.

...I enjoyed all of the course, it got me thinking and doing additional research, I have implemented a few new things into practice and have started doing the dental nerve blocks too

...That it took subjects I deal with on a daily basis and either improved my knowledge on them, expanded my knowledge on them, or offered me a completely different perspective or outlook on them. It was a great and challenging course. Very glad I took this course. Thank you. I learned a lot.

...I think the critical thinking and case studies were a huge help in putting what I had learned into context, and really made me think about the influence of medications not only on the patient but with each other. I am looking for a more varied approach to anesthesia, and I feel more confident in other drug choices than i would have been.

...I honestly liked the whole course. I liked how much work needed to be put in to complete the course from reading assignments to case studies to critical thinking assignments. It's a lot of work, but it's worth it because I feel so much more knowledgeable in anesthesia. I feel confident enough to apply it to my own daily practice.

...All of it! It touched on all special situations including cardiac issues and i feel like this course is key to veterinary anesthetists. I came in hoping to learn more about blood gasses and definitely am leaving with more than just that!

...The assignments were very helpful to ensure I fully understood the concepts. Some the research I did opened me up to other resources I did not know about for future reference

...I really liked that it was structured like a real class. Assignments and all. Very applicable information

...The course was absolutely amazing and it has been recommended to my colegues. Thank you to Dr. Kris-Kruse Elliott for her time and feedback.


Course Instructor

Kris Kruse-Elliott, DVM, PhD, DACVAAKris Kruse-Elliott, DVM, PhD, DACVAA

Dr. Kruse received her DVM from Oregon State University in 1984. The following year was spent in mixed animal practice in Seattle, WA before moving on to advanced specialty training in anesthesiology. She completed her anesthesia residency at North Carolina State University from 1985-1988, becoming board certified and
a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia in 1989. Dr. Kruse received her PhD in pulmonary physiology from North Carolina State University in 1992 and joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison the same year. Dr. Kruse was a member of the UW faculty for 15 years and then she moved to California with her husband and their various bird and cat family members.

Since 2006 she has worked as an anesthesiologist in private specialty practice and is currently the anesthesiologist for Sage Veterinary Centers in the San Francisco Bay area and AnimalScan MRI Centers. She also consults on anesthesia and analgesia
in a wide variety of species in private practice and research settings and is a frequent speaker at continuing education events. Dr. Kruse is currently the President of the newly formed North American Veterinary Anesthesia Society (NAVAS). In her spare time she can be found outdoors biking, hiking, and most especially skiing down whatever slopes she can find.



Price: $220.00 USD

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