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: Scientific; Delivery Method: Interactive Distance; Program Number 57-28228.

VetMedTeam is approved as a New York State sponsor of continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

VetMedTeam is approved as a Florida state sponsor of continuing education for veterinarians. The Florida Medical Board does not recognize technicians and therefore only addresses veterinarian CE requirements.


Flexible Open Enrollment and the Activity Requirements

Open enrollment allows students to enroll in this course at any time. Students can expect to be able to access their course with 48 hours of enrollment submission. If enrolling in more than one course at a time, please indicate in the notes area within the shopping cart of the order in which you want to take the courses.

The participant is not expected to be online in the course at any specific times as there are no real time lectures. As long as the participant continues to make regular progress in the course, course access time is not set to a specific deadline.

Regular progress is determined by the submission of written module assignments. To remain active, no more than 30 days can elapse between submission of written assignments. Participants who do not remain active in the course will be processed as incomplete after 30 days.

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 schedule.


Course Focus - Learning Objectives - Completion Requirements

Veterinary Nursing: Small Animal Hematology Part One is designed for the credentialed veterinary technician seeking to strengthen and advance their hematology skills.

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

  • estimate blood volume of a patient
  • evaluate packed cells, plasma appearance and determine fibrinogen from micro-hematocrit tubes
  • prepare and evaluate blood films
  • compare and contrast blood film staining procedures
  • identify the function of erythrocytes, leukocytes and platelets
  • identify abnormal erythrocytes and leukocytes, due to destruction, inclusions or infectious agents
  • compare and contrast hemolytic anemias and immune mediated disorders
  • describe the process of hematopoiesis
  • evaluate clotting and platelet maladies
  • differentiate acquired and hereditary coagulation disorders
  • identify transfusion reactions
  • assess immunodeficiency disorders

Completion requirements:

Instructor Graded Interactive 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

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

Course Survey

A certificate of completion is provided.


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

...The overall quality of the micro-photographs was excellent and were a vital part of be successful with this course. The instructor was kind enough to also provide further information when needed, which I appreciated very much.

...I found the course case studies were most beneficial to me. Searching for all possible diagnosis with information provided for each case was challenging and interesting. Feedback was very helpful and educational for me. Thanks!!

...The website runs smoothly.

...This was the most beneficial CE course I've ever completed! The fact that you had to turn in assignments and have them graded really made you take the time to learn the material. Anyone can go and sit and listen to a lecture for CE credit, but this was more like taking a course than any other CE I've completed. I'll definitely be taking more VetMedTeam online courses!

...I liked learning about the morphology of various blood cells, different anemias, functions of blood cells and stains. It was a really nice review on the topics I learned in school with some new information mixed in. I really liked the case studies because they helped with critical thinking and made you put together information in a real world scenario.

...The layout of the course website was very easy to understand and navigate.

...This was a course that was very relevant to my job. I appreciate the emphasis on blood film review.

...This course provided exactly what I wanted. All our bloods go to an external lab but I wanted a greater understanding of the patient's results and why they had occurred. Rebeccah was a brilliant instructor giving me great guidance when I ask.


Course Instructor

Rebeccah Vaughan, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia) (Clinical Practice- canine/feline)Rebeccah Vaughan, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia) (Clinical Practice- canine/feline)

Becky Vaughan is a Certified Veterinary Technician and a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Anesthesia and in Clinical Practice- Canine/Feline. After graduating from Manor College in Jenkintown, PA in 2002, Becky’s career has taken her to General Practice and Specialty Surgery, Radiology and Dentistry services in Philadelphia, Vermont, and the Chicagoland area.

Becky is currently the Technical Supervisor of VCA Aurora Animal Hospital, a 25-doctor teaching hospital comprised of 24-hr Emergency/Critical Care, Specialty Services, and General Practice. She also serves on the Credentials Committee for both the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice and the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists in addition to being the past Credentials Committee Chair.

Becky has lectured on anesthesia and dentistry topics throughout the US since 2006. She has contributed to magazines and VSPN on a number of topics. Becky also is part of a Technician and Assistant Task Force for the VCA Corporation in an effort to improve and standardize support staff education nationwide.

Becky has a special interest in critical anesthesia, dentistry and feline pain management. She shares her home in Downers Grove, IL with her husband Hank, daughter Kate, son Gavin, and a multitude of cats and fish.


Course Fee

Price: $179.00

This course is eligible for our 10% multi-course discount. To learn more about the discount, please visit the Multi-Course Discount page.

When enrolling in more than one course at a time, please indicate the preferred order of the courses. If desired, participants can start all courses at the same time. There is an area in the shopping cart to type in your preferences.

Practices may enroll individual team members. To learn how to assign a specific team member to a course, please visit the Assigning Students page.