Reduced Enrollment Fee Until July 4, 2024

VetMedTeam is discounting the course fee, normally $129.00 to $99.00 until July 4, 2024.


RACE Approved Interactive For Veterinary Technicians/Nurses

Course meets the requirements for 10 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: Asynchronous Interactive Distance; Program Number 1084944

This course does not require employment.


Course Focus - Learning Objectives - Completion Requirements

The format of this course is asynchronous interactive distance medical. New students may enroll at any time.

Many dogs and cats suffer from fear and anxiety associated with noises such as sounds and inanimate stimuli. These stimuli most commonly are noises such as thunderstorms, fireworks, gun shots, smoke alarms, etc. The veterinarian along with practice team members are an important component of providing help for both the pet and the owner.

The Veterinary Nursing: Addressing Noise Anxiety in Dogs and Cats course discusses the signs and physiology associated with stress and fear responses. It explores treatment options such as management, desensitization, counterconditioning, and using marker training to teach cued behaviors such as a “relax” cue.

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

  • describe the body language of canines and felines experiencing fear and anxiety
  • explain the physiology and neurotransmitters associated with fear and anxiety
  • discuss basic learning theory in regard to desensitization and classical counter conditioning
  • explain the difference between management and behavioral therapy
  • compare and contrast the prescribed treatments for fear of inanimate objects such as desensitization and classical counterconditioning
  • explain the basics of marker training, mechanics, and timing
  • develop shaping and training a “go to mat” and “relax” cue

Completion requirements:

Instructor Graded Scenario Based Critical Thinking and Implementation Assignments: Designed to help the participant apply the newly learned skills and knowledge.

Shaping a Behavior Assignment: Demonstrating the "Go to Mat" behavior training with expert feedback. Requires a dog or cat for training.

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.


Course Instructor

Danielle Bolm, RVT, LVT, KPA CTP, VTS (Behavior)Danielle Bolm, RVT, LVT, KPA CTP, VTS (Behavior)

Danielle graduated from The Vet Tech Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her associate degree in Veterinary Technology. After graduation she moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where she worked in emergency and general practice for a total of 10 years. During her 10 years in practice, she became passionate about animal behavior and started to dedicate herself to it.

Since then she has worked in veterinary practices that were only limited to behavior. Her interest in behavior led her to become a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner in 2017 and finished her journey to become a Veterinary Technician Specialty in Behavior in the fall of 2021. Her behavioral interests are, but not limited to, aggression, reactivity, inappropriate elimination for cats, and low-stress veterinary visits. She is passionate about resolving fear-related issues in horses.

In July 2022, Danielle opened her own behavior consulting business Dedication-N-Behavior.



Price: $99.00 USD

Reduced Enrollment Fee to July 4, 2024

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

Please use this link to view the Withdrawal Policy for this course.