Course Overview

This open-enrollment, self-study course is based on the archive of a webinar presented on November 2, 2017, though the collaboration of VetMedTeam and Trupanion, with the growing support of concerned companies and organizations. The webinar was the 3rd in a series of free webinars addressing compassion fatigue, burnout, ethics exhaustion, and decreased career satisfaction. Unaddressed the outcome is often career and life threatening.

Join Dr. Sonnya Dennis to learn about a new concept, Ethics Exhaustion, and how it is different from Compassion Fatigue and other emotional problems seen in our profession. Learn how Ethics Exhaustion affects you, as a person and us, as a profession, no matter what role you play on the veterinary team.

Well worth the hour invested in reviewing the webinar archive, please share this educational opportunity with members of your team and profession.


Continuing Education Credits

Course meets the requirements for 1 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.

This course is a Non-interactive Distance course; program number 57-31228. Category Three: Non-Scientific-Practice Management/Professional Development.


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

This course is appropriate for veterinarians, credentialed technicians, and practice team members, along with vet and tech school students.

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

  • compare and contrast the new concept of Ethics Exhaustion with Compassion Fatigue
  • recognize how Ethics Exhaustion affects team members as individuals and the veterinary profession as a whole
  • give examples of techniques to mitigate the effects


Open Enrollment with Immediate Access and Individual Time Limits

This is an open enrollment course. Participants may enroll at any time. Upon submission of enrollment the participant is immediately added to the course. The course welcome email provides login and other important information.

This is an asynchronous course, meaning it does not contain real time components. Participants do not need to be logged into the course at specific times to attend lectures or view presentations.

Participants do not need to complete the course in one sitting. However, students who do not access the course within 30 days of last access will be processed as incomplete. Any activity within the course will reset to the full 30 days time allotment.

Participants who are unable to complete a course may re-enroll at their convenience providing the course is still available.


Completion Requirements

The completion requirements for this course are:

  • complete the examination with a score of 80% or better - multiple attempts are permitted
  • submit the course survey

Upon submission of the final completion requirement, the participant will automatically be marked as completed and the course completion email will be sent out. The participant will have immediate access to the certificate.


Participant Feedback

...It gave me perspective into the issues our doctors have to deal with daily.

...A very important subject and it was covered well in a short period of time.

...Learning the differences between ethics exhaustion vs. compassion fatigue. Loved it!

...I enjoyed the recognition and conversation around the topic. The speaker was down to earth and gave real life examples. The issue at hand is a big one, and knowing that more RVT's experience this helps.

...Being offered ideas that I can work with towards resolving conflicts was very beneficial to me.

...I found this topic very relevant to my work in the shelter medical world. It was very easy material to comprehend and use in the real world. Also very reassuring to know other professionals are experiencing the same things.

...Easy to follow.

...The speaker was clear and knowledgeable.

...Acknowledgement of a difference between human and animal medicine when it comes to compassion fatigue. Ethics exhaustion is an important concept to be aware of and guard against.

...The visual aspects of the presentation made it very easy to take in the information that was presented to me.

...Excellent identification of issues we all experience in veterinary practice.

...It was very helpful to have points about prevention: written standards, open dialogue with no taboo subjects, etc.


Webinar Archive Speaker

Sonnya Dennis, DVM, DABVP (canine and feline practice)



Price: FREE