RACE Approved Interactive For Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians/Nurses

Course meets the requirements for 12 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.

RACE Subject Category: Medical; Delivery Method: Interactive Distance; Program Number 742667.

Some of the assignments in this course were designed for participants with current access to practice resources.
However those with in-depth experience across numerous patients should not have a problem meeting the requirements.


Course Focus - Learning Objectives - Completion Requirements

Veterinary Medicine: Winding Down Pain in Companion Animals focuses on the physiology of pain and the development of acute pain to chronic and neuropathic pain. Recognition of pain and development of a pain scale to use in practice will be strongly reviewed. Finally, participation in detailed case studies will enable the student to be a valuable, contributing member to the veterinary health care team in the welfare of their animal patients.

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

  • utilize pain terminology
  • explain the physiology of pain
  • identify stress factors and evaluate their effects on patients
  • recognize the signs of pain
  • outline the factors in Quality of Life Scales, define the factors and apply them during patient evaluation
  • develop a pain management scale to be utilized in practice
  • discuss the stress and pain management factors unique to cats and implement into pain protocols

Completion requirements:

Instructor Graded Interactive Critical Thinking and Case Scenario Assignments: Designed to help the participant apply the newly learned skills and knowledge via implementation focused and patient based scenarios provided by the instructor.

Course Examination: 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.


Personal Completion Deadline

This is an asynchronous course. Students are not expected to be logged into the course at any specific times as there are no real time lectures or requirements.

Students have 12 weeks from the date of payment to meet all completion requirements. The course welcome email will specify the student's personal completion deadline. If the student has not met the completion requirements by the deadline, they will be processed out of the course and graded as incomplete.

But What If Something Comes Up?

There are times when unforeseen situations interfere with a student's ability to complete by the deadline. In that case, an email to VetMedTeam, as soon as such a situation arises, will allow us to offer the best possible options.


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 liked the format of the assignments. I liked the case studies because they forced me to learn about pain management with conditions I may not have dealt with before, and I also liked the assignments that asked me to review what my practice does because they were a good refresher and somewhat eye opening. Mary Ellen is clearly not only knowledgeable about pain management but passionate about it. She was great at explaining things and providing additional resources for me to bring back to my practice. This was an excellent course and I am very grateful for what she has taught me.

...This course was great. Mary Ellen is so passionate about pain control and has a vast knowledge. She is always willing to share papers and ideas. This course has given me new ideas for how to better incorporate analgesics in the research setting.

...I found the whole course interesting and would highly recommend it. Learning to understand the medication uses and how they work is probably the most beneficial to me for helping clients understand why the doctors have chosen what they have. If I'm confident explaining things the clients will be more receptive.

...The self-paced online format makes the course much more flexible and accessible.

...I really enjoyed the feedback and additional information provided by the instructor in response to the case studies. It really augmented the course.

...The review of pathophysiology was really helpful. The feline-specific section also brought some things to the forefront of my mind when practicing with geriatric cats, particularly with regard to palliative management of oral pain.

...Helping me study for CVPP boards.

...The instructor was wonderful and provided very helpful individualized feedback

...I enjoyed the feline information, but overall this added to my pain management knowledge.

...The review on pain pathways was beneficial, as was the sections on QoL scales and pain scales

...I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of this course and have been sharing what I have learned with my colleagues


Course Instructor

Mary Ellen Goldberg LVT, CVT, SRA, CCRVN, CVPP, VTS-lab animal medicine (research anesthesia-retired), VTS-Physical rehabilitation-retired, VTS-H (anesthesia/analgesia)Mary Ellen Goldberg LVT, CVT, SRA, CCRVN, CVPP, VTS-lab animal medicine (research anesthesia-retired), VTS-Physical rehabilitation-retired, VTS-H (anesthesia/analgesia)

Mary Ellen Goldberg is a graduate of Harcum College and the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. She worked at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Division of Animal Resources and for Research Scientists advising on their choices for anesthesia and pain management on their protocols. She was a member of VCU’s IACUC for 10 years.

She has been the instructor in Anesthesia and Pain Management at VetMedTeam since 2003. She is a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner through IVAPM. Mary Ellen is retired as a Surgical Research Anesthetist certified through the Academy of Surgical Research. Currently, she is a staff member at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute since 2012, as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse. (CCRVN) where she is the examination coordinator. She is a member of the IACUC at the Manheimmer Foundation, Inc.

Mary Ellen was chosen NAVTA’s Veterinary Technician of the Year 2017. In 2019, Mary Ellen received the VTS-anesthesia, analgesia – honorary title from the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthesia and Analgesia. Mary Ellen has written several books, and contributed to numerous chapters regarding anesthesia, pain management and rehabilitation. She has worked in various aspects of veterinary medicine from small animal and equine to mixed practice, coccidiosis research for a pharmaceutical company,zoo animal medicine and laboratory animal medicine since 1976.



Price: $169.00 USD

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