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 57-41418.

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

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. Students can expect to be able to access their course with 48 hours of enrollment submission.

The participant is not expected to be online in the course at any specific times as there are no real time lectures. The instructor will respond to an assignment submission, or a forum question, within 48 hours, with extended time for holidays.

Activity Requirements:

In order to remain in the course, a student must post assignments for grading on a regular, frequent, basis. Module or final exams, or just logging into the course, does not meet this requirement. As long as the participant continues to make regular progress, course access time is not set to a specific deadline.

However, the course is not designed to take months to complete. If 30 days elapses without submitted assignment activity, the student will be removed from the course and graded 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.


Course Focus - Learning Objectives - Completion Requirements

Veterinary Nursing: Diseases and Disorders of Companion Animal Exotics looks at diseases and disorders of ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, small rodents, sugar gliders, and hedgehogs. Individual systems are examined in the light of viral, bacterial, and parasite infections, along with neoplasia.

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

  • compare and contrast diseases of the gastrointestinal tract in ferrets including viral and bacterial diarrhea
  • identify and discuss disorders of the urinary tract system in ferrets
  • identify and discuss cardiac and respiratory diseases in ferrets, including myocarditis, heartworm disease, influenza, and pneumonia
  • evaluate endocrine and dermatological related diseases in ferrets
  • recognize Gastrointestinal Stasis in rabbits
  • compare and contrast respiratory diseases, including Pasteurellosis, in rabbits
  • identify and discuss disorders of the urinary tract and reproductive system in rabbits
  • compare and contrast bacterial, fungal, parasite, and viral dermatological infections of rabbits
  • identify and discuss diseases of guinea pigs, chinchillas, and other small rodents
  • compare and contrast diseases of sugar gliders, and hedgehogs including neoplasia, musculoskeletal and, reproductive disorders

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.


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

...I liked that the assignments required an in-depth study of the material in order to complete them. I felt the instructor expected much more than a cursory response for the assignments and case studies and therefore I was required to really convey my understanding of the diseases and disorders covered in the class. I liked this challenge. Feedback on the assignments was returned in a timely manner and I felt the instructor was available for any questions.

...The case studies were wonderful and the follow up questions after some of them really helped me hone my skills more. It is nice to take a step outside of typical clinical practice and evaluate all the possibilities not just what you have learned through your employer! I actually feel much more secure in my applying for the VTS!

...The assignments were good. They were very time consuming but really made me look deeper into the subject matter than I would have without.

...I enjoyed the case studies the most because I could figure out differentials, diagnostics, and treatments as if it was a real patient.

...It was nice to have my own timeline to complete the modules and case studies.


Course Instructor

Jody Nugent-Deal, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia), VTS (Clinical Practice-Exotic Companion Animal)Jody Nugent-Deal, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia), VTS (Clinical Practice-Exotic Companion Animal)

Jody Nugent-Deal is a Registered Veterinary Technician and a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Anesthesia and in Clinical Practice - Exotic Companion Animal. Jody has worked for the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital since 1999, working in the Companion Exotics Department for 10 years and currently the Small Animal Anesthesia Department where she is the supervisor.

She is a founding member of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice and is the executive secretary for the group as well as the appeals committee chair. Jody is an active member with the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia having served on the nominations, credentials and appeals committees. Jody is currently a Member At Large for the AVTAA. Jody also serves on the board for CaRVTA.

She has lectured throughout North America since 2000 on anesthesia and various exotic animal topics. Jody has published numerous articles and book chapters for both canine/feline and exotic animal medicine and anesthesia topics. Jody is an instructor for both VSPN and VetMedTeam and she has a special interest in anesthesia, analgesia, pain management and critical care in exotics and dogs and cats.

In Jody's spare time, she loves to read, visit the ocean, run, road and mountain bike.



Price: $199.00 USD

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