RACE Approved Interactive For Veterinary Technicians/Nurses

Course meets the requirements for 12 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 745143.

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


Course Focus - Learning Objectives - Completion Requirements

Veterinary Nursing: The Pharmaceutical Rx covers more advanced topics in drug therapy which veterinary technicians may encounter in general practice or in specialty practice. The course assumes a working knowledge in pharmaceutical calculations, basic pharmacology background with regards to drug disposition, and common drug administration techniques.

Some of the assignments in the course will require practice resources and/or personal practice experience to complete.

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

  • identify and discuss antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal classes, clinical uses, and adverse side effects
  • identify and discuss classes of antiparasitic drugs, commonly used ingredients in parasiticides, delivery methods, and common side effects
  • identify and discuss anti-inflammatory drugs, including NSAIDS and steroids, their mechanism of action, clinical uses, pre-screening measures and side effects
  • identify and discuss opioids, their mechanism of action, and adverse side effects
  • list and describe the different classes of drugs used in anesthesia and analgesia
  • compare and contrast drugs available to treat epilepsy
  • explain how drugs affect the ANS and CNS along with common side effects
  • discuss respiratory, cardiac, gastrointestinal, and hormone drug usage and adverse side affects
  • describe and compare vaccine types and explain vaccine induced adverse reactions
  • list and discuss drugs used to treat respiratory disorders, their clinical uses, and mechanisms of action
  • explain how renal dysfunction can affect the metabolism and excretion of drugs and their metabolites
  • differentiate between an inotropic and chronotropic drug
  • list potential side effects of the antiarrhythmic drugs, vasodilator drugs, diuretics and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
  • list and describe antiulcer medications and drugs that induce and inhibit vomiting
  • discuss the uses and classes of gonadotropins, gonadal hormones, progestins, and prostaglandins
  • describe the clinical indications for common ophthalmic and otic agents
  • explain the use of topical antipruritics, fatty acid supplements, astringents and skin antiseptics
  • list anticoagulants and describe their mechanism of action
  • list the categories of antineoplastic drugs and give examples of each
  • define, and give an example of, a biologic response modifier (BRM)
  • outline indications for immunosuppressive drugs and list drugs used in immunotherapy
  • describe the uses and adverse effects of common antidotes
  • define nutraceutical and discuss their uses in veterinary medicine
  • discuss advantages and disadvantages of herbal therapeutics and how to evaluate individual products

Completion requirements:

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

Comprehension 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:

...the most effective for me was having me write out each mechanism of the drug in order for me to visualize what i am learning

...I liked the critical thinking assignments. The case load ones especially allowed me to focus the knowledge learned and use it appropriately for the setting.

...I liked using real life examples from the clinic and getting feedback from the instructor on these.

...The case studies were fun to do and improved my knowledge on pharmaceuticals.

...The instructor feedback was very helpful and insightful

...The course work pertaining to mechanisms of action and adverse side effects.


Course Instructor

Lauren R. Eichstadt Forsythe, PharmD, FSVHPLauren R. Eichstadt Forsythe, PharmD, FSVHP

Dr. Lauren Eichstadt Forsythe is a graduate of the University of Findlay, College of Pharmacy. After completing her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree, Dr. Eichstadt Forsythe completed a veterinary pharmacy residency at the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital. As Purdue's first Veterinary Pharmacy Resident, she was one of only 4 pharmacy residents in the country specializing in veterinary pharmacy. During her residency she developed, coordinated, and taught Purdue College of Pharmacy's first veterinary pharmacy elective course.

Dr. Eichstadt Forsythe is Veterinary Clinical Pharmacist at the University of Illinois. She is also an Associate Editor for Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook, and enjoys writing and presenting continuing education for veterinarians and pharmacists. Research interests include transdermal therapy for feline patients, behavior medications and compounding. In her spare time, she enjoys running and competing in hunter and equitation events with her Quarter Horse, Banjo.



Price: $139.00 USD

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