Continuing Education Credits

Course meets the requirements for 1 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: Medical; Delivery Method: Non-interactive Distance; Program Number 754243.


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

Practical Applications of Probiotics in Veterinary Medicine is a free veterinary CE offering.

Probiotics are increasingly used in lieu of, or as a complement to, traditional therapies such as antibiotics, immunosuppressants, and surgery. They are often used to manage both self-limiting and life-threatening disorders. This is partially due to increased recognition of negative effects of current therapies and partially due to failure of currently available treatments to yield optimal patient outcomes. This course will present the evidence for, and against, probiotics for the management of common clinical disorders.

After completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • outline the differences between probiotics, prebiotics, and synbiotics
  • discuss key considerations in evaluating probiotic quality and selection
  • compare and contrast the current evidence supporting, or refuting, efficacy of probiotics for common, as well as little-known, uses in dogs and cats


Open Enrollment with Immediate Access and Individual Time Limits

This is an open enrollment course. Participants may enroll at any time. Upon submission of enrollment the participant is immediately added to the course. The course welcome email provides login and other important information.

This is an asynchronous course, meaning it does not contain real time components. Participants do not need to be logged into the course at specific times to attend lectures or view presentations.

Participants do not need to complete the course in one sitting. However, students who do not access the course within 30 days of last access will be processed as incomplete. Any activity within the course will reset to the full 30 days time allotment.

Participants who are unable to complete a course may re-enroll at their convenience providing the course is still available.


Content Expert

Jacqueline C. Whittemore, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)


Completion Requirements

The completion requirements for this course are:

  • complete the examination with a score of 80% or better - multiple attempts are permitted
  • submit the course survey

Upon submission of the final completion requirement, the participant will automatically be marked as completed and the course completion email will be sent out. The participant will have immediate access to the certificate.


Free Course

Price: FREE