VETERINARY NURSING: THE PHARMACEUTICAL RX

 

 

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: Scientific; Delivery Method: Interactive Distance; Program Number 57-37394.

VetMedTeam is approved as a New York State sponsor of continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

VetMedTeam is approved as a Florida state sponsor of continuing education for veterinarians. The Florida Medical Board does not recognize technicians and therefore only addresses veterinarian CE requirements.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Pricing

Price: $189.00


This course is eligible for our 10% multi-course discount. To learn more about the discount, please visit the Multi-Course Discount page.

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