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 743251.

This course requires employment at a practice to complete one or more assignments.


Course Focus - Learning Objectives - Completion Requirements

Veterinary Nursing: Small Animal Anesthesia From Perioperative to Recovery provides an overview of anesthetic equipment and anesthetic monitoring. It looks at special techniques and examines anesthetic problems and emergencies.

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

  • identify equipment that is used for anesthetic induction, endotracheal intubation, and anesthetic maintenance
  • list the reasons for, and advantages, of endotracheal intubation and select and prepare the appropriate endotracheal tube
  • describe the four basic anesthetic machine systems and identify the parts of each system
  • describe the basic operation of an anesthetic machine
  • outline the function and use of each component of an anesthetic machine, anesthetic masks, and anesthetic chambers
  • explain differences between a rebreathing and a non-rebreathing system with regard to equipment, gas flow, advantages, disadvantages, and indications for use
  • compare and contrast vaporizer-out-of-circuit (VOC) and vaporizer-in-circuit (VIC) vaporizers in terms of setup, use, and agents administered in each of these systems
  • explain the impact of oxygen flow rates on anesthetic concentration within the breathing circuit, changes in anesthetic depth, patient safety, and waste gas production
  • explain the advantages and disadvantages of closed and semiclosed rebreathing systems
  • identify recommended exposure limits (RELs) for waste anesthetic gases and list factors that affect waste gas levels
  • compare and contrast active and passive scavenging systems and describe the four components of a scavenging system
  • describe procedures and practices used to minimize waste gas release
  • identify hazards associated with the use of compressed gas cylinders and potent injectable agents
  • list and describe each of the classic stages and planes of anesthesia
  • list the monitoring parameters used primarily to determine whether or not the patient is safe, and group them according to whether they primarily assess circulation, oxygenation, or ventilation
  • explain and demonstrate assessment of each of the vital signs, reflexes, and other indicators of anesthetic depth
  • describe how to determine the blood pressure using a Doppler monitor, oscillometric blood pressure monitor, or arterial catheter and transducer
  • identify abnormal monitoring parameters, and list common causes
  • list normal values for each physical monitoring parameter, and identify values that should be reported to the attending veterinarian
  • explain adverse consequences of hypothermia, and identify strategies to prevent hypothermia
  • list principles of providing for patient positioning, comfort, and safety during anesthetic maintenance
  • explain cautions and risks associated with each method of anesthetic induction, and strategies to maximize patient safety
  • list factors that affect patient recovery from anesthesia, the signs of recovery, appropriate monitoring during recovery, and oxygen therapy during recovery
  • explain the difference between assisted and controlled ventilation
  • describe the techniques of manual, mechanical, periodic, and intermittent mandatory ventilation and their application to anesthesia
  • describe the differences between the two classes of neuromuscular blocking agents and outline the indications for use and associated hazards
  • list the most common reasons why anesthetic emergencies occur, including problems arising from increased patient risk, human error, equipment failure, and the adverse effects of anesthetic agents
  • explain how anesthesia of pediatric and geriatric patients differs from anesthesia of healthy adult dogs and cats
  • describe the problems involved in anesthetizing each of the following: obese animals, brachycephalic dogs; sighthounds; and patients affected by trauma or cardiovascular, respiratory, hepatic, or renal disease
  • list the most common causes of the following anesthetic problems: inadequate anesthetic depth, excessive anesthetic depth, pale mucous membranes, prolonged capillary refill time and hypotension
  • list common causes of and responses to the following anesthetic problems: cyanosis and dyspnea, tachycardia, apnea, respiratory arrest, abnormalities in cardiac rate and rhythm and cardiac arrest
  • explain the principles of cardiopulmonary resuscitation as recommended in the RECOVER Guidelines, including the basic life support and advanced life support
  • list the most common problems that may arise in the recovery period and the appropriate action that can be taken to prevent or treat these problems

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.


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.


Activity Requirements

Students are not expected to be online in the course at any specific times as there are no real time lectures.

In order to remain active in the course, a student must post assignments on a regular basis. Module or final exams, reading or viewing training materials, or just logging into the course, does not meet this requirement. Assignments are course activites that require submission to the instructor for review, grading (pass/fail) and feedback. As long as the participant continues to make regular progress, course access time is not set to a specific deadline.

If 30 days elapses without submitted assignment activity, the student will be removed from the course and graded out 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:

...Very informative, course outlined in a way that was easy to learn. Relevant and most important information included.

...The case studies are challenging and a bit overwhelming at times, but I like it because it makes think fully about each step of a procedure.

...I enjoyed the case studies. It allowed me to put into practice what I was reading/learning. I also collaborated with one of my doctors for some of them, which was nice.

...I like that the questions asked referred to what you do now in the hospital you are at. It makes you think about what you do as a hospital and maybe what you should be doing more to improve upon the protocols.

...Case studies provided real life applications of my knowledge or lack there of. They allowed me to work through the problem, as I would as the anesthetist.

...I liked using the information as a refesher on the basics on anesthesia. It also pushed me to the next level as far as introducing concepts that I had not learned about before.

...I liked the critical thinking assignments, they helped me learn a lot more about what we currently do in clinic and what should be changed/updated

...I appreciated the feedback from the instructor and the requests to explain my answers

...The case studies were the most beneficial because it really helped me to be able to start connecting hypothetical cases to what i actually do working in the surgery suite at my hospital. I could recall many things I had read about and done the case studies on while seeing them at work, which helped me be able to make decisions on my own more often, as well as making quicker movements and decisions without being worried i may be wrong.

...It was a tough course but it helped me learn more indepth anesthesia techniques and information.

I enjoyed the opportunity to have discussions with my co-workers and doctors in order to answer some of the thought questions. It helped me to practice what I was learning and also implement some positive changes in our practice.

I liked that the course had critical thinking assignments that had an issue and you had to figure out what was wrong and to fix it, that's what i struggle with most in surgery is being able o identify and fix the issue as quick as possible and it really helped me to think questions/answers through


Course Instructor

Jody Nugent-Deal, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia), VTS (Clinical Practice-Exotic Companion Animal)Jody Nugent-Deal, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia), VTS (Clinical Practice-Exotic Companion Animal)

Jody Nugent-Deal is a Registered Veterinary Technician and Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Anesthesia/Analgesia and Clinical Practice – Exotic Companion Animal. She has worked for the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital since 1999, working in the Companion Exotics Department for 10 years and currently the Anesthesia Department where she is the supervisor.

She is a founding member of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice and currently serves as the executive secretary for the group as well as the appeals committee chair. Jody is also an active member with the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia having served on the nominations, credentials, and appeals committees. Currently she serves as the President for the AVTAA as well as the appeals committee chair.

Jody is passionate about teaching and life-long learning. She recently started her own company where she provides CE via online webinars and in-clinic hands-on training. She regularly lectures for VSPN and VetMedTeam, teaching anesthesia, analgesia, and exotic animal medicine. Jody has had the opportunity to lecture throughout North America since 2000 on anesthesia and various exotic animal topics as well as publishing numerous articles and book chapters for both canine/feline and exotic animal medicine and
anesthesia topics.



Price: $199.00 USD

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