RACE Approved Interactive For Veterinary Technicians/Nurses

Course meets the requirements for 9 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 742403.

This course does not require employment nor prior experience.


Course Focus - Learning Objectives - Completion Requirements

Veterinary Nursing: Life Stage Anesthesia Considerations in Dogs and Cats will help provide technicians with the information they need to safely anesthetize pediatric, geriatric, and pregnant patients. Special physiologic conditions present in these patients will be covered along with suggestions on how to support these patients in the perioperative period.

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

  • identify the physiologic anesthetic risk factors for pregnant patients and their fetuses
  • select appropriate anesthetic protocols for pregnant patients
  • evaluate drug options based on benefit or risk in pregnant patients
  • describe how to resuscitate and support neonatal patients post cesarean section
  • discuss supportive therapy requirement in light of the special physiology associated with pregnant patients in the peri-operative period
  • identify the physiologic anesthetic risk factors for pediatric patients
  • select appropriate anesthetic protocols for pediatric patients
  • evaluate drug options based on benefit or risk in pediatric patients
  • discuss supportive therapy requirement in light of the special physiology associated with pediatric patients in the peri-operative period
  • identify the physiologic anesthetic risk factors for geriatric patients
  • select appropriate anesthetic protocols for geriatric patients
  • evaluate drug options based on benefit or risk in geriatric patients
  • discuss supportive therapy requirement in light of the special physiology associated with geriatric patients in the peri-operative period

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

Comprehensive Module Quizzes: 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:

... I liked the refresher on some of the more popular drugs used for anesthetic procedures. I also really enjoyed the case studies.

...I appreciated the instructor feedback and the supplemental information that was provided with the feedback. Very helpful.

...I really enjoyed the case study portion of the porgram and having to come up with the plan for the patients.

...The case studies and critical thinking were most beneficial

...I liked that it made you actually apply the reading to real-world situations that you would encounter - the whole course was an exercise in critical thinking. The quizes were relevent to the reading materials and really tested what you should have learned from each unit.

...the feedback! I loved how I had to really think and that I was "graded" on my thoughts, really made it more worth it to put effort into the answers, like some you can just pick the answers and not really understand why. The handouts were great.

...I really appreciated the feed back from Rebeccah. It was very informative and helpful in my education

...I especially liked the modules on C-sections and learned information I didn't know and can apply.


Course Instructor

Rebeccah Vaughan, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia) (Clinical Practice- canine/feline)Rebeccah Vaughan, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia) (Clinical Practice- canine/feline)

Becky Vaughan is a Certified Veterinary Technician and a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Anesthesia/Analgesia and in Clinical Practice - Canine/Feline. After graduating from Manor College in Jenkintown, PA in 2002, Becky's career has taken her to General Practice and Specialty Surgery, Radiology, Dentistry, and Emergency services in Philadelphia, Vermont, and the Chicagoland area in a variety of patient care and leadership roles.

Becky is currently an ER Veterinary Nurse for Veterinary Emergency Group in Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL, where the hospital provides a unique open-concept experience for pet owners throughout all aspects of emergency care, even during anesthesia and surgery. She also serves on the Credentials Committee as well as is the Vice President (becoming President afterward) for the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice.

Becky has lectured on anesthesia and dentistry topics throughout the US since 2006. She has contributed to magazines, textbooks, and VSPN on a number of topics, as well as being an instructor for VetMedTeam courses. Becky also spent many years as part of a Technician and Assistant Task Force for the VCA corporate Medical Operations division in an effort to improve and standardize support staff education nationwide.

Becky has a special interest in critical anesthesia, dentistry, and feline pain management. She loves working with all species of patients. She shares her home in Downers Grove, IL with her family and pets.



Price: $139.00 USD

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