RACE Approved For Vets and Techs

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 865727.


Content Presenter

Kristen Cooley BA, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia)


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

VetCE on Demand: The Physiology of Pain utilizes the archive of a live presentation under the same name.

Pain signals travel along a certain path on their way up to the brain. By understanding this pathway, we can treat pain more effectively by augmenting the pain signal within the nervous system. This course focuses on what pain is, how bodies react to painful stimuli, and what can be done to mitigate it.

Upon completion of this course the participant should be able to:

  • utilize pain terminology
  • outline the pathway of pain
  • discuss how the body tries to modulate pain signals
  • outline which drugs work at different points along the pain pathway
  • discuss how multi-modal analgesia works


Open Enrollment with Immediate Access and Individual Scheduling

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.

Completion Deadline:

Participants have 60 days from date of enrollment to view the presentation, as often as desired, as well as submit the two completion requirements outlined below. If after 60 days the completion requirements have not been submitted, the participant will be graded out of the course as incomplete.


Participant Feedback

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

...I really enjoyed the speaker and the content. It was very thorough and detailed. Very thought fully produced.

...I enjoyed the overview of pain pathways and perception; the break down of how different drugs/drug classes work at parts of the pathway was very helpful!

l...ots of wonderful information provided, Very helpful in giving me some ideas for improving my clinics pain managemnt protocols. Thank you

...working for a surgeon, post op pain control and noticing the small "tells" of pain is very important and this helped with acknowledging the small things animals might do that may go unnoticed previously


Completion Requirements

The completion requirements for this course are:

  • complete the quiz 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.


Course Fee

Price: $25.00 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.

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