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 755567

This course does not require employment nor prior experience.


Course Focus - Learning Objectives - Completion Requirements

Veterinary Nursing: Urine Collection and Evaluation covers canine and feline urine properties, including physical and chemical characteristics, sediment analysis and tests that are available to confirm diagnostic results.

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

  • describe normal renal physiology and urine production
  • compare and contrast urine collection methods
  • identify proper urine submission containers
  • evaluate the physical and chemical properties of urine
  • recognize and determine methods to confirm proteinuria
  • implement proper urine sediment analysis procedures
  • identify white blood cells, red blood cells, casts, crystals, bacteria, fungi and parasites in a urine sample
  • evaluate bacteriuria
  • prepare and assess urinary tract cytology
  • identify proper equipment needed for a complete urinalysis
  • implement quality control procedures
  • develop a procedural manual for the completion of urinalysis

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.


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 activities 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

...The case studies were a good way to pull together the information presented during the assignments. The detailed descriptions of how urine is produced by the body, etc... are a great refresher to my college studies from years past.

...I really appreciated that the course not only showed us cytology evaluation and collection methods, but also recapped the anatomy and physiology of urine production. I found that to be very helpful, especially for someone like me who had been out of my field of study for a while. The course was very thorough and detailed. Not only was I able to brush up on my urinalysis skills, but learned a few new things to help me with additional diagnostics.

...I enjoyed the photo's of the urine and having to identify what I saw. I am a visual learner and this was very helpful for me.

...I really enjoyed the Microscopic Elements section of the course in Chapter 5. This was the most beneficial material to read and the associated assignment was my favorite. I need help with cellular identification when reading UAs so I enjoyed getting more practice with this assignment.

...Easy to access, user friendly course. The material learned will be easily transferable to implement in my clinic.

...I really enjoyed the assignment on the sediment findings! The pictures of the microscopic elements helped me extremely with identifying them in real cases. I very much enjoyed this course. Also the positive feedback from the instructor was very encouraging.


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/Analgesia 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, Dentistry, and Emergency services in Philadelphia, Vermont, and the Chicagoland area in a variety of patient care and leadership roles.

Becky is currently an ER Veterinary Nurse for Veterinary Emergency Group in Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL, where the hospital provides a unique open-concept experience for pet owners throughout all aspects of emergency care, even during anesthesia and surgery. She also serves on the Credentials Committee as well as is the Vice President (becoming President afterward) for the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice.

Becky has lectured on anesthesia and dentistry topics throughout the US since 2006. She has contributed to magazines, textbooks, and VSPN on a number of topics, as well as being an instructor for VetMedTeam courses. Becky also spent many years as part of a Technician and Assistant Task Force for the VCA corporate Medical Operations division 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 loves working with all species of patients. She shares her home in Downers Grove, IL with her family and pets.



Price: $199.00 USD

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