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, although at an advanced veterinary level, it is appropriate for veterinary technicians and veterinary 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.

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 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.


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

When asked what aspects of the course liked best some responses were:

...I liked how the homework went along with the readings.

...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.

...the critical thinking questions.

...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.

...Instructor was super nice and very knowledgeable

...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), 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: $199.00 USD

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