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 901494.


Content Presenter

Kathleen Cooney, DVM, CHPV, CCFP


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

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

Euthanasia is a process requiring more than just knowing how to give an injection. As with any procedure, it’s important to know how it works and how we achieve a peaceful passing. This course examines the physiology of death and discusses how the drugs used work on the body.

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

  • explain the stages of dying
  • recognize normal and abnormal reactions to drugs
  • explain how euthanasia drugs accomplish death


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 speaker was great. Clear and easy to understand infromation

...I found that the alternative ways to perform a peaceful Euthanasia was a good component for this course and how the components to preform a successful Euthanasia worked.

...This was the best CE lecture I have ever attended. The content and delivery was excellent and a good balance of new information and review of old information. I am motivated to take the CAETA 10hr euthanasia mastery certificate.

...It had a lot of great information and I like recordings so I can pause and take notes


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.