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 57-41750.

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, Content, and Learning Objectives

Veterinary Nursing: Implementing Puppy and Kitten Socialization Programs is designed to aid in the development of socialization courses within the practice environment. Participants will be introduced to the stages of development of both puppies and kittens, when the socialization period for each species occurs, as well as basics of training. Logistics of a class, identifying client needs, and exceeding client expectations are covered at length. The goals of a socialization class are highlighted; examples and resources are provided to help participants succeed, starting with their first class.

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

  • recognize and describe milestones in puppy and kitten development
  • describe and discuss how early socialization impacts puppy and kitten development.
  • define the goals and benefits of socialization
  • explain the benefits of socialization classes to clients and team members
  • implement surveys to identify client needs
  • define client expectations that need to be met when hosting a class
  • design and implement successful puppy and kitten class curriculum
  • identify skills and topics to be covered in each socialization session
  • consider the concerns veterinary professionals have about positive reinforcement
  • discuss how to select reinforcers for individual animals and explain how to use positive reinforcement to teach behaviors.
  • explain and address the logistics of structuring socialization classes
  • evaluate and choose materials for use in class
  • identify different client related challenges that can arise and discuss how to manage these challenges

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

Examination: 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 found the following beneficial: 1. the knowledge on puppy/kitten development and socialization 2. introduction on the teaching materials we can include in the puppy/kitten socialization class and how to be successful in it 3. explanation on the style of setting up the puppy/kitten socialization class

...I liked being able to interact with the instructor, even though we are miles apart, along with the convenience of the class being online so I could go through it when it best fit my schedule. Also, the VetMedTeam online support team was very helpful! They responded very quickly and always willing to help!

...I appreciate the emphasis on business. I admit to being a bit pessimistic as to whether this course would prepare me to run a class in a clinic. This course not only exceeded my expectations, but also gave me respect for CE in general. I've taken numerous CE courses and either gained little or (worse) come away angered by the lack of awareness of the presenter(s). Thank you Amanda!

...I liked that all the information was straight forward and easy to understand. I got my highlighter out to highlight all the important information, and I probably could have highlighted every sentence in the packet. I learned so much about the stages each dog and cat goes through and I cannot wait to get started on our clinic's puppy class!

...I really liked the fact that it included everything that could be used in a puppy/kitten class. I firmly believe in positive reinforcement for training and this course complies with that. I am very appreciative of the instructor for recommending outside reference materials so that I can continue to learn before implementing the classes into our clinic.

...The kitten socialization module was where I learned the most.

...I liked learning more about puppy socialization, it wasn't something I was very familiar with.

...The reading material and handouts provided were a good refresher for puppy and kitten development.


Course Instructor

Rachel Lees, RVT, KPA-CPT, VTS (Behavior)Rachel Lees, RVT, KPA-CPT, VTS (Behavior)

Rachel Lees is a Registered Veterinary Technician Specialist in Behavior and she is also a Certified Training Partner through Karen Pryor Dog Trainer Professional Academy. She is one of the veterinary behavior technicians at The Behavior Clinic in Olmsted Falls, Ohio. Her interest in animal behavior sparked when her parents purchased a “bargain” Newfoundland in the fall of 2006. Yogi, a very nervous and fearful puppy at 8 weeks of age, had many behavioral diagnoses of his own. Working through puppy socialization and behavioral therapy with Yogi made Rachel want to help other families that may have the same issues.

Rachel graduated from Cuyahoga Community College with her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology. Immediately after graduation, Rachel was employed at a multi doctor practice. She began running puppy socialization classes, seeing private training appointments, and teaching basic obedience. Rachel also became the behavior advocate within the practice, conducting happy visits and working with all the veterinary related aggression cases.
In June of 2013 Rachel accepted her current position at The Behavior Clinic.

Rachel is proud to be a VTS-Behavior and looks forward in continuing to aide owners in creating and maintaining a strong human animal bond. Rachel holds a special interest in puppy/kitten socialization and development and enjoys teaching cooperative care techniques for veterinary protocols to small animals.

In her personal time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her Miniature Pincher Mix, Connor and her Orange Tabby Cat, Ernie.



Price: $149.00 USD

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