RACE Approved Interactive For Veterinary Technicians/Nurses

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 755111.

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: Equine Emergencies I is designed to help veterinary practice team members who wish to advance, or strengthen, their basic knowledge of equine medicine. Common equine emergencies will be covered, including colic, exhausted horse syndrome, rhabdomyolysis, and choke.

Employment in an equine or mixed animal practice is not required.

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

  • compare and contrast common types of colic and their clinical signs
  • discuss other disease processes that may cause colic symptoms
  • explain ileus
  • identify the correlation between tachycardia and pain
  • discuss colic treatment options
  • identify clinical signs of choke
  • explain how dental floats help prevent choke
  • discuss choke treatment options
  • discuss complications secondary to choke
  • discuss how dehydration relates to ileus
  • identify clinical signs of rhabdomyolysis
  • identify clinical signs of exhausted horse syndrome
  • compare and contrast treatment options for rhabdomyolysis and exhausted horse syndrome
  • discuss how muscle breakdown can lead to renal failure
  • discuss situations in which euthanasia is ethical

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 and weekends.

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 liked the assignements that challenged your knowledge and made you apply to a clinical setting

...I love the instructor's feedback!

...instructor input,she was great. i liked analyzing the patients, and then seeing if i was right.

...I liked all the information about colics and the amount of diagnostics that could be done to narrow down location or severity.

...Colic module was outstanding!


Course Instructor

Shana Lemmenes, CVT, VTS-EVNShana Lemmenes, 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: $139.00 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.