Reduced Fee Until October 15, 2021

To support our members as they seek to meet licensing CE requirements, as well as increase their skills and knowledge, VetMedTeam is discounting the course fee, normally $169.00, to $149.00 until October 15, 2021.


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.

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 - Learning Objectives - Completion Requirements

Veterinary Medicine: Winding Down Pain in Companion Animals, although at an advanced veterinary level, is appropriate for veterinary technicians and nurses seeking higher level training. While the course may refer to tasks that are only within the scope of the veterinarian, the content and assignments are within the realm of team members with the foundational training and experience

Participants will work through numerous assignments designed to facilitate the learning process by providing practice based critical thinking and case study assignments. Some of the assignments will require practice resources and/or personal practice experience to complete.

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 Study Assignments: Designed to help the participant apply the newly learned skills and knowledge via implementation focused and patient based scenarios

Course 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 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.


Course Instructor

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

Mary Ellen Goldberg is a graduate of Harcum College and the University of Pennsylvania. 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 an instructor of Anesthesia and Pain Management at VetMedTeam since 2003. She is the Exam Chair for the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM). She is a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner through IVAPM. Mary Ellen is also a Surgical Research Anesthetist certified through the Academy of Surgical Research. She is on the Exam Chair for APRVT (Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians). She is Exam Chair for the Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses (APRVT). Currently, she is a staff member at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse. (CCRVN). She is a member of the IACUC at the Manheimmer Foundation, Ins and teaches their residents and interns about non-human primate anesthesia/analgesia.

Mary Ellen was chosen NAVTA’s Veterinary Technician of the Year 2017. In 2019, Mary Ellen received the VTS-anesthesia, analgesia 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 speaks at national meetings on these topics and gives private CE to organizational groups. 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.



Price: $149.00 USD

To support our members as they seek to meet licensing CE requirements, as well as increase their skills and knowledge, VetMedTeam is discounting the course fee, normally $169.00, to $149.00 until October 15, 2021.

Practices may enroll individual team members. To learn how to assign a specific team member to a course, please visit the Assigning Students page.