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.

Course Survey

A certificate of completion is provided.


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.


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: $149.00 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.