RACE Approved Interactive For Veterinary Technicians/Nurses

Course meets the requirements for 12 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 744031.

This course does not require employment nor prior experience.


Course Focus - Learning Objectives - Completion Requirements

Veterinary Nursing: Getting to the Root of Dental Problems This course is designed for the advanced credentialed veterinary technician who has a strong grasp of dental techniques. Although this course does not carry RACE credits for veterinarians, it is also recommended for doctors wishing to brush up on their dentistry skills.

The course looks at the identification and evaluation of periodontal disease, which aids in the determination of the correct treatment. Common endodontic diseases are explored, with the discussion of various treatment techniques, along with malocclusions, jaw fractures and oral tumors. Feline dentistry is covered extensively, including the topics of gingivostomatitis, eosinophilic granuloma complex, and feline tooth resorption. Exotic patient dentistry rounds up the course, and includes anesthesia, pain management, common dental problems, and instruments needed to aid in the exploration of the rabbit, ferret and small pocket pet mouths.

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

  • define and describe the pathogenesis of periodontal disease
  • describe the anatomy of the pulp
  • discuss indications for endodontic therapy
  • compare and contrast the medical and surgical options available to treat endodontic disease
  • identify common malocclusions
  • identify common benign and malignant oral tumors
  • identify signs, symptoms and treatment options for feline gingivostomatitis and eosinophilic granuloma complex
  • define and describe the pathogenesis of feline oral resorptive lesions, and determine the most effective treatment option
  • differentiate dentitions of rodents, rabbits and ferrets
  • identify common dental problems and determine best radiographic methods to diagnose dental disease in exotic pets
  • implement effective communication and discharge instructions for postoperative dental patients

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.</br?


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. Note that many of the assignments will require a document be uploaded.


Participant Feedback

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

...I liked learning more about the exotic pets and their dental needs. The stomatitis section was very beneficial as well. The whole course was very interesting and I feel like I can use a lot of the knowledge I gained at my current hospital.

...There were a lot of pictures in this course which was VERY helpful for me to understand what was being discussed

...I could appreciate the various ways to answer questions, be it in the form of a chart or diagram etc. This helped me tremendously as I am a visual learner.

...The case studies were educational and challenging, however I think I learned the most from the assignments. The course overall was excellent!

...The fact that this course is taught by a technician with a VTS in dentistry was what drew me to the course.

...I loved this course and I hope that there will be more dental classes offered in the near future. The assignments made me understand the objectives of this course. I liked the mix of case studies and regular assignments. The supplementary resources were great as well.

...I really liked the feline dentistry - cats are such a unique species. flexible course hours, accessible material

...flexible course hours, accessible material

...That it covered subjects that aren't usually covered in other dental CE (such as exotics).

...The thinkink assignments because you really have to think about aspects and formulate them


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: $169.00 USD

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