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 755101.

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 Two is designed for the veterinary technician seeking to advance their training in internal medicine. It covers diseases of the musculoskeletal and neurologic systems including therapy and nutritional recommendations for these diseases. Diseases of the small and large intestine are covered at length with considerations being given to pharmacology, food intolerance, food allergy, and anesthesia and analgesia. Hepatic and post hepatic diseases are followed by infectious diseases (bacterial, fungal, protozoal, and viral).

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to

  • list the indications for CSF collection, and compare and contrast collection sites
  • differentiate ROM, PROM, AROM and AAROM
  • compare and contrast small bowel and large bowel diarrheas
  • describe the nutritional considerations when treating gastrointestinal disease
  • evaluate potential causes for malnutrition in hepatic patients
  • assess nutritional requirements for hepatic patients
  • compare and contrast anesthesia and analgesia options for hepatic patients
  • describe the pathophysiology, diagnostic tools, treatment plans and prevention methods for parasitic diseases
  • evaluate protocols for sample collection from patients with infectious diseases
  • describe methods to reduce traffic flow around infectious 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.


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.


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 enjoyed the SAIM VTS focus.

...I enjoyed the whole learning process. The feedback from my instructor was helpful.

...interresting assigments, fast evaluations, great course content

...Very thorough coverage of the material. The instructor was extremely prompt with feedback and grading - much appreciated!


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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