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 745771.

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


Course Focus - Learning Objectives - Completion Requirements

Veterinary Nursing: Inside the Surgical Suite is designed for the veterinary technician/veterinary nurse who seeks to expand their knowledge in surgical nursing skills. The course was developed for students currently working in a veterinary hospital. The assignments are practical and the student will need to utilize practice resources.

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

  • prepare the surgical suite for pending procedures
  • identify perioperative equipment, surgical instruments, power tools, needles, suture material and setting up the surgical theater
  • discuss preoperative diagnostic tests
  • explain the use of intravenous catheters
  • outline the factors involved in patient preparation, aseptic techniques, patient positioning for specific procedures, and maintaining body temperature
  • define and apply the concepts of asepsis, sterile field, surgical attire, gowning and gloving plus opening sterile packs
  • recognize the various suture patterns and explain their usage
  • discuss tissue sample handling
  • explain the importance of equipment and materials counts
  • identify and anticipate common problems that may arise during surgical procedures
  • implement safe post-surgical monitoring techniques as well as recognize potential complications
  • outline the factors involved in postoperative cleaning of instruments, wrapping packs, sterilization of equipment and, rotation of surgical supplies
  • explain the importance of accurate and complete client education regarding postoperative discharge instructions

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

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:
...Mary Ellen's responses on my graded assignments were fast and I really appreciated the additional references and information she provided.

...Mary Ellen provided great feedback and information for each assignment. This has been an informative course and a great learning experience. Thank you so much for all of the information, resources and feedback!

...I love the instructor. she really knows her stuff, and she is super helpful, and approachable. She provided a lot of support in the two classes I have taken from her. She really sets the standards for nursing quite high. I can honestly say that my patients are receiving better nursing care and pain management advocacy from me as a result of her.

...I liked the homework assignments because they made me think about how the reading material is used into real life application/situations.

....The assignments and case studies were helpful as it allowed me to ask other technicians/Doctor's specific questions about surgery and our protocols.

...I enjoyed the freedom that this course allowed me in completing the assigned material. I also very much enjoyed the reading content as well as the feedback that the instructor provided.

...I enjoyed the additional resources provided. These are great to reference for improving my performance in my position

...I really appreciated the detailed feedback that I can take into practice

...I liked the refresher on the sterility longevity and the refresher on certain recovery aspects to anesthesia

...Everything in here was amazing and these are all things we use daily in the vet tech world. My Instructor had some great questions and great follow up information that i can put to practice and use in my every day veterinary technician role that will help me be a much better tech and obviously will help me help the animals better.


Course Instructor

Mary Ellen Goldberg LVT, CVT, SRA, CCRVN, CVPP, VTS-lab animal medicine (research anesthesia-retired), VTS-Physical rehabilitation-retired, VTS-H (anesthesia/analgesia)Mary Ellen Goldberg LVT, CVT, SRA, CCRVN, CVPP, VTS-lab animal medicine (research anesthesia-retired), VTS-Physical rehabilitation-retired, VTS-H (anesthesia/analgesia)

Mary Ellen Goldberg is a graduate of Harcum College and the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. She worked at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Division of Animal Resources and for Research Scientists advising on their choices for anesthesia and pain management on their protocols. She was a member of VCU’s IACUC for 10 years.

She has been the instructor in Anesthesia and Pain Management at VetMedTeam since 2003. She is a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner through IVAPM. Mary Ellen is retired as a Surgical Research Anesthetist certified through the Academy of Surgical Research. Currently, she is a staff member at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute since 2012, as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse. (CCRVN) where she is the examination coordinator. She is a member of the IACUC at the Manheimmer Foundation, Inc.

Mary Ellen was chosen NAVTA’s Veterinary Technician of the Year 2017. In 2019, Mary Ellen received the VTS-anesthesia, analgesia – honorary title from the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthesia and Analgesia. Mary Ellen has written several books, and contributed to numerous chapters regarding anesthesia, pain management and rehabilitation. She has worked in various aspects of veterinary medicine from small animal and equine to mixed practice, coccidiosis research for a pharmaceutical company,zoo animal medicine and laboratory animal medicine since 1976.



Price: $169.00 USD

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