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 747939.

This course requires employment at a practice to complete one or more assignments.


Course Focus - Learning Objectives - Completion Requirements

Veterinary Nursing: Small Animal Internal Medicine Part One is designed for the veterinary technician seeking to advance their training in internal medicine. It is also a great review for veterinarians who wish a strong review of foundational internal medicine concepts.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate the various endocrine related disorders, including disease of the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands
  • Discuss appropriate diagnostics and treatment protocols for endocrine related disorders, including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, hypoparathyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, hypoadrenocorticim and hyperadrenocorticism
  • Differentiate between diabetes mellitus and diabetes insupitis
  • Compare and contrast upper and lower airway diseases
  • Evaluate mediastinal disease, including mediastinitis, pneumomediastinum and mediastinal masses
  • Consider anesthetic and analgesic complications associated with respiratory disease
  • Identify thrombotic and hematologic disorders, including anemia, polycythemia, and autoimmune hemolytic anemia
  • Differentiate acute and chronic renal failure, and describe appropriate treatment protocols for each
  • Compare and contrast urinary tract biopsy techniques
  • Consider nutritional management with renal disease, urolithiasis, and feline idiopathic cystitis

Completion requirements:

Critical Thinking and Scenario 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:

...I really valued the feedback on my Assignments. I was overwhelmed that my instructor took the time to write comments on how I could do even better than I did.

...I am working on starting the process to get my VTS in Internal Medicine and this helped put into perspective what the process will take! It made me realize that I will have to do plenty of time management during the year that I will be collecting my cases for my case log.

...I enjoyed relearning about the many different endocrine disorders that can be commonly seen, or not so commonly seen, in general medicine. It's nice to keep my brain fresh with these diseases that are often times complicated and very involved.

...Liza was extremely helpful in evaluating my case reports and providing appropriate additional information based on the case studies I wrote.

...Mrs. Liza answered me fast when I had questions.

...I plan to apply for my VTS in the future and writing the case studies and having them evaluated was great!

...I felt this whole course was well put together and was straight to the point on the important things that you need to know. The case studies were a lot of fun.

...Ease of course and availability of material...

...CKD information was a great refresher and very relevant.

...The case studies gave me a great opportunity to learn to thick critically and wrote up an appropriate case study. It gave me more confidence in understanding the pathophysiology of the disease process I was writing a case study on as I had to do so much back study on it.

...This class was a very good at introducing and explaining many different types of cases seen in internal medicine. It was beneficial for me coming from an ER background and gave me a more in depth exposure to disease conditions.

...Instructor feedback

...The fact that it is split into different chapters. By doing so they became smaller portions to work on. Tha fact that you can self-study in your own time is a major benefit for me! Also I loved the assignments

...I really enjoyed the review of major systems, helpful tips on collecting submitting blood work

...Having an SAIM VTS critique mock-case reports was really invaluable.

...writing case summaries and receiving feedback is invaluable for preparing for the VTS processiza is WONDERFUL.

... I do enjoy the option of case studies versus information regurgitation to prepare for VTS


Course Instructor

Liza W. Rudolph, BAS, RVT, VTS (CP-CF, SAIM)Liza W. Rudolph, BAS, RVT, VTS (CP-CF, SAIM)

Liza Rudolph has been working in veterinary medicine for over 20 years and is a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Canine/Feline Clinical Practice and in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Liza is the Program Director for the Veterinary Technology Program at Rowan College of South Jersey and provides education and training to veterinary technicians as a course instructor for VetMedTeam, a webinar instructor for Penn Foster, by traditional lecturing, and online continuing education opportunities. When not teaching, Liza is an active member of multiple veterinary organizations and practices as a relief veterinary technician; spending most of her clinical time in specialty practices in both the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions.



Price: $199.00 USD

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