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 872623.


Content Presenter

Rolan Tripp, DVM, CABC


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

VetCE on Demand: Ethical Criteria Indicating Euthanasia in Canine Aggression utilizes the archive of a live presentation under the same name.

The stress and guilt related to performing euthanasia is recognized as one factor in the rising rate of veterinary suicide. One way to reduce this factor is if the veterinarian is not personally responsible for the decision but instead is following a consensus protocol.

Without objective and science-based guidelines, there are likely animals being euthanized inappropriately. Canine Aggression is the one of the most common reasons for behavior euthanasia. This course outlines guidelines for euthanasia related to Canine Aggression. It reviews aggression diagnosis as well as a step-by-step process for making a behavior euthanasia decision.

At the end of this course attendees will be able outline a scientific approach to determining if euthanasia is indicated in cases of canine aggression.


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.


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.


Participant Feedback

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

...Very thorough and well thought out. Thank you.

...The bite scale - easier to apply and clearer than the Ian Dunbar Bite Scale.

...Excellent presentation for a very controversial subject. I kept his number to put in my network of experts.

...great way to assess degree of aggression and will help me in future decisions on aggression/ euthanasia

...Great course. Being able to know what questions to ask and explanations to help clients with their decision was great


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.

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