Free Courses

 

VetMedTeam courses include free RACE and VHMA approved offerings. Some of the free courses are in cooperation with veterinary companies and organizations who value the veterinary practice team and understand the role education plays in the delivery of quality medicine.

These courses are open enrollment, meaning participants may enroll at any time. Upon submission of the enrollment, the participant is immediately added to the course. The course welcome email provides login and other important information.

To enroll, first log into VetMedTeam and then select your course(s). If you are not yet a member, your free membership may be submitted via the "Join Now" link in the upper right. If you are not sure if you are a member, just email us at the address below.

Webinars: Live webinars are open to all in the veterinary community; membership in VetMedTeam is not required to enroll.

To learn more about a group of offerings, or an individual course, including RACE credit status, click within the specific section below. If you have any questions please contact us at ce@vetmedteam.com.

 


 
  Cancer detection in dogs - with just a blood draw
Blood-based cancer detection, or ‘liquid biopsy’, is now available for both dogs and humans and provides veterinarians with an exciting new tool in cancer detection and characterization. This presentation will outline the fundamental scientific advances behind this technology, including cancer genomics and next-generation sequencing-based detection of circulating tumor DNA. Clinical uses in veterinary medicine will be discussed, with a specific focus on screening for early cancer detection and aid in diagnosis.

This free RACE approved course utilizes the recording from the November 17, 2021 webinar of the same name. Join Andi Flory, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology) as she shares insight into the role of "liquid biopsy" in the veterinary practice.

Cancer detection in dogs - with just a blood draw
 

 
  Controlled Substance Management in Veterinary Medicine
This free, RACE approved, course reviews controlled substances are a classification of medications that have a potential for emotional and/or physical abuse which necessitates the need for tighter regulations. However, which regulations apply to which medications, and how to comply, can get confusing.

This course covers not only federal regulations, but looks at topics that states may choose to modify to be more stringent. While there are regulations, there is not necessarily one correct way to comply. The course reviews various methods that could be used in different practice settings to comply with the requirements.

The course also examines DEA number regulations, storage and inventory management protocol considerations, ordering and transporting, prescribing vs. dispensing, diversion awareness, and practice protocol documentation.

Controlled Substance Management in Veterinary Medicine
 

 
  Wound Bed Preparation
This free course introduces utilizing the TIME acronym to implement wound bed preparation into your veterinary practice’s wound management protocol. It looks at the types of tissue debridement and the importance of proper moisture balance.

Based on a webinar presentation previously offered by Innovacyn. RACE approved for both vets and techs.

Wound Bed Preparation
 

 
  Bacteriuria in Dogs and Cats
What is the clinical significance of bacteriuria in veterinary patients? How are appropriate antimicrobials selected for urinary tract infections (UTI). Protocols created to classify UTIs aid in diagnosis and treatment?

This free RACE approved course looks at the interpretation of culture and susceptibility along with antimicrobial selection. It also reviews follow-up for UTI patients. It is important for all medical members of a veterinary practice to be familiar with the UTI concepts examined in this course, either as an aid to diagnosis and treatment or to provide better nursing care and support.

Bacteriuria in Dogs and Cats
 

 
  Controlled Substances 101: How and Why You Must Comply
This RACE approved free course is designed to increase DEA regulatory compliance awareness, reduce risk, and discuss improved and simplified controlled substance record keeping and inventory controls within a veterinary practice.
Controlled Substances 101: How and Why You Must Comply
 

 
  Merck Animal Health eLearning
Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals through science. They offer the widest range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, parasiticides, vaccines and health management solutions. They support the veterinary practice team through a selection of free courses designed to increase knowledge and facilitate the delivery of excellent medical services.
Merck Animal Health eLearning
 

 
  Practical Applications of Probiotics in Veterinary Medicine
Probiotics are increasingly used in lieu of, or as a complement to, traditional therapies such as antibiotics, immunosuppressants, and surgery. They are often used to manage both self-limiting and life-threatening disorders. This is partially due to increased recognition of negative effects of current therapies and partially due to failure of currently available treatments to yield optimal patient outcomes. This free RACE approved course will present the evidence for, and against, probiotics for the management of common clinical disorders.
Practical Applications of Probiotics in Veterinary Medicine
 

 
  Care and Treatment of Canine Osteoarthritis
This free course looks at canine osteoarthritis, a condition that is encountered in everyday veterinary practice. The main goal of this course is to briefly review definitions, what dogs might be susceptible, triggering conditions, and, most importantly, choices that veterinarians can provide to clients to help improve patient outcomes. A simple approach to the diagnosis and treatment will be provided, with emphasis on integrative veterinary medicine.
Care and Treatment of Canine Osteoarthritis
 

 
  What does “-biotics” have to do with it?
Every year NAVTA publishes their annual convention issue, which contains one or more Free RACE approved (for technicians) CE articles. These CE opportunities are available at no charge and include a copy of the related article. The annual convention issues articles are free of charge to all including non-NAVTA members.

Participants should be able to outline the conditions associated with dysbiosis in dogs and cats and its diagnosis, as well as be able to compare and contrast dietetic options to manage aberrant gut microbial communities.

What does “-biotics” have to do with it?
 

 
  Feline Urinary Stress
Every year NAVTA publishes their annual convention issue, which contains one or more Free RACE approved (for technicians) CE articles. These CE opportunities are available at no charge and include a copy of the related article. The annual convention issues articles are free of charge to all including non-NAVTA members.

Upon completing, participants should be able discuss the risk factors, causes, pathophysiology of, and treatment of feline idiopathic cystitis along with its association with stress in cats.

Feline Urinary Stress
 

 
  Food for Itch: Nutritional Management of Canine Allergic Dermatitis
Every year NAVTA publishes their annual convention issue, which contains one or more Free RACE approved (for technicians) CE articles. These CE opportunities are available at no charge and include a copy of the related article. The annual convention issues articles are free of charge to all including non-NAVTA members.

Participants should gain an understanding of the two nutritionally responsive forms of allergic skin disease, adverse food reactions and atopic dermatitis including how food can play a role in management of these conditions.

Food for Itch: Nutritional Management of Canine Allergic Dermatitis
 

 
  Pet Obesity in a Pandemic
Every year NAVTA publishes their annual convention issue, which contains one or more Free RACE approved (for technicians) CE articles. These CE opportunities are available at no charge and include a copy of the related article. The annual convention issues articles are free of charge to all including non-NAVTA members.

Participants should gain an understanding of the causes and consequences of pet obesity, its relationship to pet owner behavior, and how the COVID-19 pandemic may impact the condition.

Pet Obesity in a Pandemic
 

 
  Effective Nutritional Conversations with Pet Parents
Every year NAVTA publishes their annual convention issue, which contains one or more Free RACE approved (for technicians) CE articles. These CE opportunities are available at no charge and include a copy of the related article. The annual convention issues articles are free of charge to all including non-NAVTA members.

Every pet deserves and 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. This course will introduce the factors involved in guiding a pet parent through the transition to a new food. 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.

Effective Nutritional Conversations with Pet Parents
 

 
  Winning at weight loss - 5 tips for success
Every year NAVTA publishes their annual convention issue, which contains one or more Free RACE approved (for technicians) CE articles. These CE opportunities are available at no charge and include a copy of the related article. The annual convention issues articles are free of charge to all including non-NAVTA members.

Obese and overweight pets are commonly seen in practice but discussing this topic with owners and implementing effective weight loss strategies can be challenging. Here we present some tips for making weight loss plans more successful in your hospital! From identifying the disease to developing a weight loss program, these simple strategies can help make weight loss a positive and powerful tool for you, your clients, and your patients.

Winning at weight loss - 5 tips for success
 

 
  CSI: Case Study Investigation
Each free CSI: Case Study Investigation course tracks a patient from initial presentation to discharge and follow-up. Each case study provides participants with an interesting, realistic scenario. Through a series of questions set at important decision points, each course leads the participant through the case study with the goal being to assist the technician and veterinarian in applying the course information to their own patients.
CSI: Case Study Investigation
 

 
  Managing Pain in Zoological Companion Animals
This free course focuses on identifying signs of pain in zoological companion animals, what analgesic options are available, and dosages based on current research. It includes images demonstrating varying species that are painful or have been provided analgesia. Broad groups of zoological companion animals are covered including birds, exotic companion mammals, and reptiles.

Based on an article published and provided by Veterinary Practice News. RACE approved for both vets and techs.

Managing Pain in Zoological Companion Animals
 

 
  When Caring Hurts: Managing Compassion Fatigue
Compassion fatigue can be described as the "cost of caring for others in emotional need." The impact of compassion fatigue is now being realized by the veterinary community. Every veterinary team member is exposed to this potentially career-ending emotion. Unless it is identified and managed, it could have very detrimental effects.

It is vital to identify compassion fatigue and to manage the stressors associated with it, both in oneself and in others. And compassion fatigue not only has an impact on the "self" but on the "practice" as well, severely affecting the client and patient.The information shared in this free course is vital for every member of the team.

When Caring Hurts: Managing Compassion Fatigue
 

 
  Intervertebral Disc Disease in Dogs: Oh, My Aching Back
This free course utilizes the webinar archive from the live presentation.

Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) is the most common spinal problem in dogs. This webinar will discuss the anatomy and pathophysiology of type I and type II IVDD in the cervical and thoracolumbar regions as well as diagnostics and medical and surgical treatment options. Included are recommendations for obtaining diagnostic radiographs of each spinal region and advice on when to refer these patients. Acute non-compressive nucleus pulposus extrusion will be also be described.

Intervertebral Disc Disease in Dogs: Oh, My Aching Back
 

 
  Urinary Tract Infections: Clearing up a Cloudy Topic
Urinary tract infections are common in dogs (and cats as they get older and/or have health issues) and can be challenging when they are not properly diagnosed and managed. Owner frustration may grow if a UTI never completely resolves or seems to keep coming back, creating a poor perception of case management in the hospital. This free course is designed to help veterinary team members become acquainted with the causes of urinary tract infections, implement efficient diagnostic protocols and review treatment options to aid in the management of the disease.
Urinary Tract Infections: Clearing up a Cloudy Topic
 

 
  What Every Practitioner Should Know About Shelter Medicine
Shelter medicine is a growing specialty within veterinary medicine. It is vital for veterinarians, and the entire practice team, to have an appreciation for shelter medicine as it has evolved and to understand the challenges facing modern shelter medicine.
What Every Practitioner Should Know About Shelter Medicine
 

 
  Implementing the AAHA-AVMA Preventive Healthcare Guidelines for Dogs and Cats
This free course is designed to help practices, and practice team members, become acquainted with the components of the guidelines and to help facilitate implementation. Practice team members will understand how implementation of these guidelines can help to increase the level of preventive care provided to patients, leading to a stronger practice and improved delivery of quality veterinary medicine.
Implementing the AAHA-AVMA Preventive Healthcare Guidelines for Dogs and Cats
 

 
  Tips from the Trenches
This free course is designed to assist veterinary students, new graduate veterinary associates, and seasoned associates that need a "boost". It is for those individuals that are interested in self-improvement as well as getting ideas and thoughts from other veterinarians that have been in your shoes.
Tips from the Trenches
 

 
  The Merck Veterinary Manual CE Portal
Utilizing content from the Merck Veterinary Manual, VetMedTeam is please to provide the veterinary practice team with free educational opportunities for RACE approved non-interactive CE.
The Merck Veterinary Manual CE Portal