RACE Approved Interactive For Veterinary Technicians/Nurses

Course meets the requirements for 18 RACE hours of continuing education credit for veterinary technicians 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 755571.

This course does not require employment nor prior experience.


Course Focus - Learning Objectives - Completion Requirements

Veterinary Nursing: Polishing Up Your Dental Basics is applicable for both for veterinary assistants and veterinary technicians. Components of the course may cover areas of technician-only responsibility, but it is important for veterinary assistants to understand the core concepts. This will allow for an enhanced ability to assist the technician and veterinarian.

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

  • identify anatomical structures of the oral cavity
  • discuss odontogenesis and recognize primary and permanent teeth
  • conduct an effective client interview
  • evaluate the oral cavity on a conscious patient
  • prepare and present a treatment estimate
  • identify pieces of equipment needed for a veterinary dental operatory
  • describe the function and define the maintenance requirements for each piece of dental equipment
  • evaluate and implement personal protection equipment used in the veterinary dental operatory
  • recognize cumulative trauma and repetitive strain disorders and implement procedures to prevent them from occurring
  • facilitate a successful anesthetic event from induction to recovery
  • evaluate and implement effective pain protocols for the dental patient
  • identify parts of the anesthetic machine and other anesthetic monitoring devices
  • identify, evaluate, and the implement the use of various hand instruments and power equipment utilized in the dental operatory
  • identify and utilize the Anatomical and Triadan charting systems
  • describe the techniques used to complete a dental prophy
  • develop instrument and equipment maintenance protocols
  • identify and differentiate a film and digital radiology system
  • describe positioning techniques used to obtain dental radiographs

Completion requirements:

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

Comprehension Quizzes: Must be submitted with a score of 80% or better, multiple attempts

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:

...Learning the dental numbering methods have helped most with charting at my hospital. I am able to do this while the DVM is calling out numbers of the teeth.

...The assignments were very beneficial, and helped me be sure I understood the reading material correctly. I really enjoyed the book she had us use, I went to a technical workshop and understood more than a lady already performing dental prophylaxis on a daily basis. I really enjoyed knowing the reason's for and why every aspect of a prophylactic dental is necessary for oral cavity health. I became very aware of the instruments used and why care of them so important for correctly utilizing them for a prophylactic treatment, also how to use them correctly. I took the course knowing dentals were important, yet more interested in other areas of care, now I'm really fascinated with dental prophylaxis and oral cavity care.

...I loved that the coursework were handouts that I needed to create or a dental survey or dental charts that were made; activities that aided in utilizing and memorizing the information I have learned and obtained from the course. This form of learning has been most beneficial in terms of practical application of knowledge.

...I did find the course easy to follow.

...The layout of the course contents was excellent. The assignments really helped me to understand and utilize the information provided.

...I really liked this course. Now I completely understand dental charting and numbering systems. I liked learning about the different tooth structures and how they looked on xray. This information was very helpful for me. I have been a vet tech for over a decade and felt like some of the material on the anesthesia machines and protocols were already known to me, but I am new to dentistry and all the stuff on positioning and interpreting the xrays was a big help.

...Instructor feedback was very helpful.

...Most of the critical thinking assignments had multiple parts which I found beneficial. It wasn't a simple "one or two sentence" answer. They made you think about the concept, and respond using good reasoning and intuition.

...I believe that the requirement of making dental charts were extremely helpful.

...A wonderful instructor and challenging assignments


Course Instructor

Jeanne Perrone, MS, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)Jeanne Perrone, MS, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)

Jeanne received her degree in veterinary technology from Parkland College in Champaign, IL. She earned her credentialing as a VTS (Dentistry) in 2006. Currently, she is self-employed as a consultant, trainer, and educator for technicians in veterinary dentistry. Jeanne instructs for the BAS VT program in dentistry at St. Petersburg College. She edited and published the book Small Animal Dental Procedures for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, published by Wiley-Blackwell.

Jeanne is a founding member and former president of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians, a NAVTA Specialty Group which mentors, trains and certifies credentialed technicians to be specialists in dentistry.



Price: $199.00 USD

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