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October 2, 2020: This course is not currently open for enrollments.


RACE Approved Interactive For Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians/Nurses

Course meets the requirements for 12 RACE hours of continuing education credit for veterinary technicians and veterinarians 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 57-32988.

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 Medicine: Common Esophageal and Gastric Diseases in the Cat and Dog will refine the general practitioner's knowledge of common esophageal and gastric diseases and emphasize key diagnostics and therapies, as well as highlight more recently utilized therapies.

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

  • describe the basic anatomy and key functions of the esophagus and stomach
  • list common categories of esophageal disease and outline the diagnostics required to differentiate them
  • compare and contrast signs and causes of esophagitis, gastroesophageal reflux, esophageal stricture, hiatal hernias, megaesophagus, and dysautonomia
  • explain the pathophysiology, life cycle, and treatment for spirocercosis
  • outline the signs and causes of Helicobacter, antral pyloric hypertrophy, and gastric ulcers as well as acute, chronic, atrophic and hypertrophic gastritis along with treatment options

Completion requirements:

Instructor Graded Case Study Assignments: Designed to help the participant apply the newly learned skills and knowledge

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.


Participation Feedback

.....Personalized instructor feedback was a unique aspect to this course compared to other online courses I have taken.

.....Material was in depth but very informative and helpful


Course Instructor

Jennifer Harrison, DVM, DACVIMJennifer Harrison, DVM, DACVIM

Dr. Harrison earned her undergraduate animal science and veterinary degrees from Cornell University. Following graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Harrison worked in general practice in Massachusetts for one year. She then moved to Cambridge, England where she completed a small animal rotating internship at a private practice. This was followed by an internal medicine internship at Coral Springs Animal Hospital in Florida before she completed an internal medicine
residency at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Harrison loves all aspects of internal medicine but has special interests in respiratory, hepatic, gastrointestinal, and hematologic disorders. She currently works as an internist at Dogs and Cats Veterinary Referral and Emergency in Bowie, Maryland. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and two cats (Molly and Becky), hiking, gardening, cooking and traveling.



Price: $189.00 USD

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