RACE Approved Interactive For Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians/Nurses

Course meets the requirements for 18 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 742665.

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: Multi-Modal Pain Management for Companion Animals focuses on pharmacologic management of pain for companion animals. Multimodal analgesia will be discussed extensively, as this has been designated as the most effective way to manage pain.

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

  • describe the mechanism of action of NSAIDs, Opioids, α2-antagonists, and local anesthetics
  • compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of various analgesics
  • discuss the pharmacology for specific classes of analgesics
  • identify common side effects
  • give examples of analgesic techniques
  • incorporate analgesic techniques into your pain management protocols including local anesthetic blocks, regional analgesia and continuous rate infusions
  • explain commonly used analgesic adjuvants and novel techniques that can be applied to pain management
  • evaluate and revise existing practice pain management protocols for companion animals

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 18 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:

...The case studies are always a good way to help you apply learned knowledge. I never retain anything by reading, but when I have a chance to apply what I read to a real life scenario, I retain the information much better.

...I really appreciated the course assignments. They were very relevant and made me think! I also enjoyed the papers my instructor provided that related to course material.

...Local block explanations were very useful.

...I enjoyed all of the aspects of this course. It incorporated extremely helpful resources then we had to apply it to our practice and how we use what we learn in real life and then a case study. It was a very helpful way to remember the material.

...Self paced. Excellent instructor. Very professional, Very helpful. Very Timely, Very Knowledgeable.

...Overall I liked the course very much. The best aspect of the course was the feedback of the instructor. She was great and very helpful.

...The assignments were engaging and extremely helpful in understanding the reading material. The feedback articles I was also given were incredible and I am so thankful for those resources. The case studies were also phenomenal!

...I appreciate the instructor providing additional reading materials relevant to a variety of topics

...The thoroughness with which the subjects were covered and the incredibly supportive instructor.

...The knowledge and patience of the instructor was very helpful and beneficial to taking this course.


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: $199.00 USD

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