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 901490.


Content Presenter

Rolan Tripp, DVM, CABC


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

VetCE on Demand: Psychopharmacology - Psychoactive Medications and Their Use in Behavior Medicine utilizes the archive of a live presentation under the same name.

Veterinarians and their teams need to be prepared for the predicted upcoming surge of “Pandemic Puppies” with numerous social anxiety issues. Psychopharmacology alone is not sufficient but is the first step for treating emotional pain with comfort medication. This course discusses the go-to starting drug for 90% of behavior cases including when to add the daily use medication of choice. The “Stair-Step-Y” technique can help to make dosing these medications routine and simple. This is a “Brain Science for Dummies" discussion that everyone will find both beneficial and enjoyable.

At the end of the course participants should be able to:

  • compare and contrast medications targeting the brain
  • explain the Blood Brain Barrier impact on these meds
  • outline suggested first-line medications and then second-line
  • explain how to adjust medications by adverse effect reporting
  • create a list of psychoactive medications based on when and how to use


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:

...The response to therapy testing was of the most value. More understanding of the very individual response of each individual to the same medication. The support for clonidine.

...Presenter was energetic and easy to listen to.

...gave me alternatives to just prozac and also helped with how to institute their use

...listing each medication commonly used with a brief summary


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.

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