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.

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: 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.


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

...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.


Course Instructor

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

Mary Ellen Goldberg is a graduate of Harcum College and the University of Pennsylvania. 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 an instructor of Anesthesia and Pain Management at VetMedTeam since 2003. She is the Exam Chair for the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM). She is a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner through IVAPM. Mary Ellen is also a Surgical Research Anesthetist certified through the Academy of Surgical Research. She is on the Exam Chair for APRVT (Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians). She is Exam Chair for the Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses (APRVT). Currently, she is a staff member at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse. (CCRVN). She is a member of the IACUC at the Manheimmer Foundation, Ins and teaches their residents and interns about non-human primate anesthesia/analgesia.

Mary Ellen was chosen NAVTA’s Veterinary Technician of the Year 2017. In 2019, Mary Ellen received the VTS-anesthesia, analgesia 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 speaks at national meetings on these topics and gives private CE to organizational groups. 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.



Price: $169.00 USD

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