Continuing Education Credits

Course meets the requirements for 1 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: Non-interactive Distance; Program Number 893422.


Content Author

Vicky L. Ograin, MBA, RVT, VTS (Nutrition)


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

Every pet should receive an effective nutritional conversation on every visit. Having an effective nutritional conversation with the pet parent is vital to the success of nutritional management, especially when a diet change is recommended. Understanding the four core communication skills will strengthen and support this relationship. Practicing these four skills will make for a more effective communicator and improve pet parent’s receptiveness to recommendations, ultimately making for healthier pets.

Effective Nutritional Conversations with Pet Parents will help you learn how to guide a pet parent through the transition to a new food by taking a nutritional history, explaining the benefits of the new food, answering the pet parents’ questions, determining feeding amounts and discussing a transition. Follow up is imperative for success of a new food. Technicians can pay an integral role in helping pet parents successfully switch to a new food.

Upon completion reader should be able to:

  • discuss the 4 core communication skills
  • explain what an effective nutrition conversation addresses
  • outline the components of a pet parent guide to explain the need for a new food and how to transition the animal
  • explain how to help a pet parent through the transition
  • discuss how to follow-up with the pet parent to help ensure transition success

    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.


    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.


    Free Course

    Price: FREE