NAVTA Journal CE Overview

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) publishes The NAVTA Journal on a bi-monthly basis. Each issue contains an article approved by RACE for technicians. The applicable article is included within the course therefore access to The NAVTA Journal is not required to enroll. These articles are open to all members of the veterinary community for the fee stated in the payment area below.

Article CE Free For NAVTA Members:

All current NAVTA paid members may take any or all CE opportunities at no cost as a member benefit.
The special enrollment code is sent directly to each member by NAVTA.
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Free CE Opportunity For Everyone: NAVTA publishes an annual convention issue. The CE in the convention issues are free for all. To view NAVTA's free offerings please visit the Free CE page here on VetMedTeam.


RACE Approved For Veterinary Technicians/Nurses

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 922310


Article Author

Marlaina Hrosch, LVT, RVT, VTS (ECC)


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

Using Kirby’s Rule of 20 to Care for Critical Patients is a self study course.

Working in an emergency and critical care setting can be overwhelming with the volume and complexity of cases that present. By breaking down the Kirby's Rule of 20 checklist into three primary assessments, veterinary nurses and technicians can better understand how they are utilizing the 20 parameters to provide the best care possible to each patient. The vitals assessment, laboratory assessment, and nursing assessment should be used collectively to gain a comprehensive understanding of the patient's status. Veterinary technicians and nurses are expected to not only monitor each of these parameters but to understand how each parameter may be used to detect changes in other parameters early.

At the end of the presentation attendees should be able to:

  • have an understanding of how to utilize the Kirby’s Rule of 20 Checklists when working with critically ill patient/li>
  • understand the components of the triage, laboratory, and nursing assessment and how they intertwine to


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.



Price: $25.00 USD

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