Course Overview

This course was built through a collaborative effort between Merck Animal Health and VetMedTeam

Diabetes mellitus can be a complex disease in both dogs and cats. Clients often don't understand the complexity of the disease and team members can become frustrated with case management. Understanding the pathophysiology in each species will aid in diagnosis and will help structure successful management and treatment protocols.

Pet owners play an important role and the level of educational services provided by the practice directly affects client compliance. When the entire team is trained, team members can contribute to client education, answering questions quickly and accurately, increasing client confidence in the practice.

This course is one of a series of courses addressing diabetes mellitus provided though the generous support of Merck Animal Health. It is recommended that the courses be taken in the following order (clicking on the course title will take you to the catalog page for the course):

Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs and Cats
An Overview of Vetsulin®
Managing Canine and Feline Diabetes with Vetsulin®


Continuing Education Credits

Course meets the requirements for 1 RACE hours of continuing education credit for veterinary technicians and veterinarians 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.

This is an non-interactive online course that meets RACE requirements; program number 57-33412 .

Some states require state level approval and do not accept RACE without it. We are approved providers for the following states. Note that the Florida Medical Board does not recognize technicians and therefore only addresses veterinarian CE requirements.


Content Author

Dr. Linda Horspool, BVMS, PhD, DipECVPT, MRCVS


Participation Parameters

VetMedTeam courses are asynchronous - they do not contain real time components. Participants log in at times convenient to personal schedules.

Participants do not need to complete the course in one sitting. However, students who do not access the course within 30 days of last access will be processed as incomplete. Any activity within the course will reset to the full 30 days time allotment.

Participants who are unable to complete a course may re-enroll at their convenience.


Course Content

Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs and Cats reviews the disease process and clinical symptoms, along with the prognosis and treatment goals associated with disease management in dogs and cats.


Course Completion Requirements

The completion requirements for this course are:

  • complete the examination with a score of 80% or better.
  • submit the course survey

Upon submission of the final completion requirement, the participant will automatically be marked as completed and the course completion email will be sent out. The participant will have immediate access to the certificate.

Students who do not access the course within 30 days of last access will be processed as incomplete.


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

This course is designed for all members of the veterinary team who wish to improve their understanding of managing canine and feline diabetes.

After completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Define diabetes mellitus
  • Outline protocols for diagnosing diabetes
  • Identify the primary goals of treatment


Participant Feedback

... I was very pleased to find that this course was entirely auditory. I find it much easier to follow along. Also, the images help you understand the concepts discussed.

..Whole course was layed out well and easy to follow. Great overview of the most important key factors of diabetes, perfect for any level tech as a refresher course.

...Easy to follow, open to all veterinary team members, could do this at one's own pace and was informative...

...Course gave excellent definitions of appropriate vocabulary for symptoms and conditions...

...The subject of diabetes is one of my favorites in veterinary medicine. It gave accurate information that I am familiar with and new information I previously did not know.

...I liked that this course had visual aids to help understand how diabetes mellitus works. This helps me understand and remember exactly how the process works.

...The descriptions of insulin resistance, insulin action, etc. were very concise, to the point, and very easy to understand.

...I liked that the course covered the differences between diabetes in dogs and diabetes in cats.

...I like the on-demand and self-paced aspect. I am going to recommend to my vet tech students that they utilize this as part of their endocrine system study.

...the early diagnosis methods and the treatment regime provided.

...The material was concise yet thorough and easy to follow. Captioning the lecture and using bullet points helped to follow what was said and highlighted important points.

...The treatment goals from a nursing perspective are extra informative to provide the owner and possibly help compliance with medication.


Open Enrollment

This course is "on demand." Participants may enroll at any time. Upon submission of enrollment the participant is immediately added to the course. The course welcome email provides login and other important information.



Price: FREE