RACE Approved Interactive For Veterinary Technicians/Nurses

Course meets the requirements for 18 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 754835.

This course does not require employment in an equine or mixed animal practice nor prior experience with horses.


Course Focus - Learning Objectives - Completion Requirements

Veterinary Nursing: The Trail to Core Equine Skills is designed for team members who wish to build or strengthen their foundation in equine medicine. Equine behavior and husbandry will be covered, including handling and safety within the practice. General wellness topics, including internal parasites, dental care, vaccinations, and physical exam for newborn foals are included.

General nutritional requirements, body scoring, and feeding management is included. Nursing considerations such as the general physical exam, blood collection, and medication delivery options are discussed. Stable management is included as well.

Employment in an Equine or Large Animal practice is not required to enroll in this course.

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

  • discuss equine behavior including how it pertains to handling patients in a hospital or farm environment
  • compare and contrast chemical and physical restraint options
  • outline an efficient equine hospital stable layout plan
  • outline the components of an Equine Wellness Program
  • explain the process of creating health certificates
  • compare and contrast equine vaccines and vaccine protocols
  • discuss dental care requirements
  • outline a neonatal physical exam for newborn foals
  • discuss nutrient requirements and appropriate nutrients for the equine patient based on life stage and work load
  • discuss digestive physiology in the horse
  • explain the importance of Body Condition Scoring as a clinical tool
  • outline and discuss the components of a complete physical exam
  • compare and contrast medication administration options
  • list normal vital signs and discuss their importance in triage
  • evaluate site location and method for blood collection

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.

This course also requires the viewing of a video that may have limited access outside of the US. A link to the video can be viewed here: Cloud, Wild Stallion of the Rockies.


Participant Feedback

When asked what aspects of the course liked best some responses were:

...The case study assignments were the most beneficial. They made use of critical thinking skills and drew from multiple sources in the course. They made use of creative thinking and were fun to complete.

...I really liked the case studies because it was an application in a real clinic setting and got your mind thinking. You were able to apply the knowledge to a real live case.

...Relevant material, helpful and encouraging feedback by instructor, and very easy online use (uploading of assignments, assignment submissions, exams). Very good review of equine medicine and husbandry as relevant to a Veterinary Technologist!

...It was great to take a course the fully interested me! I'm looking forward to reading more of the material in the required text. The instructor was very efficient and knowledgeable. I enjoy the nutritional aspect the best as I am struggling with understanding all that!

...The review of physiology and learning more about immunology was most beneficial to me.

...I appreciated the in depth discussion of handling as well as the behavior portion of the course.

...I found the equine behavioural aspects to be very interesting and I am sincerely glad that others are considering this as a factor in equine veterinary practices

...The instructor's feedback was exceptionally beneficial, and I really have liked learning a bit more independently via the Case Studies

...I found the section about vaccines very helpful as that was always something I found confusing. I also found it interesting to learn the different restraint mechanisms and the basic nursing care.


Course Instructor

Shana Filipek, CVT, VTS-EVNShana Filipek, CVT, VTS-EVN

Shana has worked as a technician since 2011, both in small animal and academia. She is a surgery technician and senior veterinary technician at the University of Minnesota Large Animal Veterinary Medical Center. Shana has also co-edited a textbook for Elsevier: Mosby's Comprehensive Review for Veterinary Technicians, 5th edition.


Course Fee

Price: $169.00 USD

Practices may enroll individual team members. To learn how to assign a specific team member to a course, please visit the Assigning Students page.

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