Continuing Education Credits

Course meets the requirements for 9 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 773465.

This course does not require employment nor prior experience.


Course Focus - Learning Objectives - Completion Requirements

Veterinary Nursing: Canine and Feline Food Hypersensitivity examines food hypersensitivity, commonly known as adverse food reaction (AFR). It is a pruritic, non-seasonal, skin disease. It has been challenging for veterinary dermatologists to determine the exact incidence of AFR as often times AFR patients will also have concurrent skin disease. The animal's symptoms may improve when other concurrent skin diseases are controlled. AFR is a disease that requires life-long management. The pet owner is a vital part of the treatment plan.

This course will examine the cause and pathogenesis of AFR. It explores the clinical features along with diagnostic and treatment options. The importance of client education when treating a patient with AFR is stressed.

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

  • outline the pathogenesis of food allergy
  • list common food allergens
  • compare and contrast the signs and clinical features of food allergies
  • recognize cutaneous and non-cutaneous manifestations of food allergy/intolerance
  • explain the need for, and the components of, a thorough history
  • compare and contrast therapeutic diets and over the counter options
  • assist the clinician and client in choosing the proper diet for the patient
  • explain to clients why over the counter diets are not an ideal option
  • explain to owners the components and value of a correctly designed diet trial
  • discuss individual ingredient challenge
  • outline the factors in long-term management of food allergy including the role and education of clients

Completion requirements:

Instructor Graded Interactive Critical Thinking and Scenario Based Assignments: Designed to help the participant apply the newly learned skills and knowledge via implementation focused and patient based scenarios

Examinations: Must be submitted with a score of 80% or better, multiple attempts allowed

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.


Participant Feedback

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

...I really enjoyed the case study assignments. Putting the information learned in the course and applying it to real life scenarios was very helpful.

...Case studies for practical application

...I did like that I had to "do work" rather then just watching a lecture. info sticks better.

...the detailed layout of a food trial

...I thought this course covered the subject really well. The quizs were relevant to the reading and the written assignments helped to cement the learning


Course Instructor

Juliann London RVT, VTS DermatologyJuliann London RVT, VTS Dermatology

Juliann started her career in the veterinary field in 2010 in general practice, obtained her Registered Veterinary Technician license in 2012 and transitioned over to dermatology full time in 2013. Juliann received her VTS in Dermatology in July 2017.

Juliann enjoys working with her clients and patients on a daily basis in helping to manage chronic skin and ear diseases and improve the quality of life of not only her patients, but her clients as well. She is passionate about client education and enjoys the area of immune mediated skin diseases.

Juliann lives with her husband, 3 children, Chihuahua, and Bernese Mountain Dog in Rocklin, CA.



Price: $109.00 USD

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