On-going Continuing Education Opportunities

CE OPPORTUNITIES

atDove provides online veterinary training on a variety of topics for veterinary teams. You don’t have to choose between best-in-class clinical and soft skills training. Your subscritption offers content for every member of your team – from the front desk to the O.R.  https://www.atdove.org

American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians The AAEVT website has several opportunities for Equine related CE, including online and in-person. In-person events are mainly held in the United States. https://www.aaevt.org/ce-events/

Clinician’s Brief Continuing Education

Earn practical veterinary continuing education online—and at your own pace. These online veterinary CE options are affordable, RACE-approved, and designed for your busy schedule. Start a course today, finish it whenever. https://www.cliniciansbrief.com/continuing-education

CommuniVET is a dedicated team of like-minded professionals with first-hand understanding of the Canadian veterinary community. CommuniVET provides veterinary professionals with a wide range of professional development activities (webcasts, case studies, informational videos, quizzes, et.). https://www.communivet.com/en/ca/education

CVM eLearning sponsored by Nutramax

Explore our CVM eLearning platform! 

With sessions added bi-monthly, our platform offers you a broad array of opportunities. You will find topics of personal interest, as well as courses for your entire veterinary team.  https://cvmlearning.learnupon.com/store

Douglas College Anesthesia Refresher Certification Program
Online Program = 57 hours of CE (12-15 per course)
Wet Lab Course = 24 hours of CE
 
 
Our patients like to keep us on our toes when it comes to anesthesia, therefore it’s essential for Veterinary Technologists, Technicians and Veterinarians to have the skills needed to ensure that our patients wake up happy and healthy! Anesthesia is one of the most challenging skills in our industry – it requires exceptionally high standards of care from theoretical knowledge to practical skills, equipment maintenance and trouble shooting and problem solving and treatment of complications during anesthesia. Our clients and patients expect the best: the purpose of this Anesthesia Refresher certificate is to ensure you have the knowledge and skills necessary to optimize the health care of dogs and cats under anesthesia.

The Douglas College (British Columbia, Canada) Veterinary Anesthesia Refresher Certificate is a comprehensive anesthesia program is targeted to registered veterinary technologists (RVTs) with an interest in small animal anesthesia and analgesia, especially those with an interest in obtaining a veterinary technician specialist (VTS) credential in this area. Veterinarians, unregistered veterinary technologists/ technicians that have completed their diploma in
Veterinary/ Animal Health technology and internationally equivalent training (including veterinary nurses) are welcome to register for this certificate program. A second Veterinary Anesthesia Advanced Techniques Certificate program will be offered starting in 2024 and completion of the Refresher certificate will be a pre-requisite for that program. The Veterinary Anesthesia Refresher Certificate program consists of 4 courses: the first 3 courses are online, asynchronous – a flexible, self-directed format that includes access to a Douglas College instructor to answer any questions and to facilitate discussions. Participants will be required to obtain certification as a RECOVER Certified Rescuer in Basic and Advanced Life Support as part of the program. Completion of these 3 introductory courses (or successfully
challenging the final exam in each course) is a pre-requisite for the 4th wet-lab course. The 4th course in the Refresher Certificate program is a 4 day in-person, simulations based, wet lab (at Douglas College, close to Vancouver in beautiful British Columbia, Canada), which includes use, maintenance and troubleshooting of anesthetic equipment, General Anesthesia case studies, protocols and simulations and CPR simulations.

RACE certification of this CE and the endorsement of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia & Analgesia (AVTAA) is pending.

Our program instructors are highly specialized RVTs and experienced teachers – with years of practical lived experience in a specialty hospital setting, specific training in education and extensive teaching experience in lab-based anesthesia skills, course development & delivery. We bring excellent pedagogical techniques and the latest online tools into this course such as the “flipped-classroom” approach to teaching and standardized experiential learning environments using simulations.

Program objectives:
Registered Veterinarians Technologists and Technicians (RVTs) are responsible for the safe administration and monitoring of anesthestic and analgesic plans prescribed by the Veterinarian for their patients, as well as the treatment of anesthetic complications and emergencies. This course will enable RVTs to perform these tasks confidently and safely by ensuring they:

a. Establish (or refresh) a basic foundational knowledge of those aspects of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and pathology that relate directly to anesthesia and analgesia in veterinary patients.
b. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of the drugs and fluids used in anesthesia and analgesia, as well as the ability to safely administer those drugs and fluids.
c. Demonstrate an understanding of the types and functions of the equipment required for delivery and monitoring of veterinary anesthesia, commonly found in first opinion veterinary hospitals, as well as the skills required to use and maintain that equipment.
d. Understand and apply applicable provincial and federal legislation in Canada
e. Apply the knowledge & skills obtained, to the planning and safe execution of basic anesthetic protocols and analgesia in dogs and cats.
f. Develop critical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills to predict and/or quickly identify deteriorations in patient condition and to prevent anesthetic emergencies.
g. Demonstrate an ability to safely administer and monitor anesthetics in dogs & cats
h. Apply protocols for the treatment of anesthetic emergencies including CPR.

 
Advanced Anesthesia Certificate Program – in progress (Course start dates TBA 2024)

The Equine Institute is your online horse health resource. Choose from a variety of RACE approved equine CE topics. https://equineinstitute.org/

Fear Free Certification 

What is Fear Free®? Founded in 2016, Fear Free provides online education to veterinary professionals, pet professionals, animal welfare communities, and pet owners. Our courses are developed and written by the most respected veterinary and pet experts in the world, including boarded veterinary behaviorists, boarded veterinary anesthesiologists, pain experts, boarded veterinary internists, veterinary technicians (behavior), experts in shelter medicine, animal training, grooming, boarding, and more.

With all the false (and harmful!) pet information on the internet, Fear Free aims to keep veterinary healthcare teams and pet professionals at the forefront as the true pet health experts. By closely listening to the needs of the profession and those of the new generation of pet owners, Fear Free has become one of the single most transformative initiatives in the history of companion animal practice, providing unparalleled education on emotional wellbeing, enrichment, and the reduction of fear, anxiety, and stress in pets and improving the experience of every human and pet involved. https://fearfreepets.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjw4c-ZBhAEEiwAZ105RRWLKD0ELbRz2fdUdU1mKPfyQ22vyuuOtbDkKyfdVlNl0c4_N10PsRoCl50QAvD_BwE

Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada – Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines

The Codes of Practice are developed nationally as guidelines for the care and handling of the different species of farm animals. They are intended to promote sound management and welfare practices through recommendations and requirements for housing, management, transportation, processing and other animal husbandry practices. Requirements refer to either a regulatory requirement, or an industry imposed expectation outlining acceptable and unacceptable practices. Recommended best practices strive for continuous improvement and encourage a higher level of care. https://www.horsewelfare.ca/post/code-of-practice

ICU Medical Academy provides product training for Healthcare Providers.  www.smiths-medical-education.com

Medical Device Reprocessing in All Appropriate Settings: A Myth-Busting Course

This course covers medical device reprocessing basics, i.e. cleaning, disinfection, decontamination, and sterilization. It also covers the importance of implementing a quality system that includes quality insurance (QA) and control ( QC) ttps://courses.steriplusconsulting.com/courses/medical-device-reprocessing-myth-busting

Missouri Veterinary Technician Association has a comprehensive list of Certificate and Certification Programs for RVTs looking to gain additional certification in a variety of fields.  https://www.movta.org/continuing-education/certificate-programs

Pacific Veterinary Sales (PVS) has created a series of RACE approved CE sessions in a bite-sized format, finish a section on a coffee break, pick it up at lunch and spend 10 minutes learning something new. PVS is providing this quality education to Canada’s veterinary teams, at no charge.https://www.pvseducation.ca/

Practical Classes in Small Animal Euthanasia The creator of Euthabag has designed to-the-point presentations that share contemporary advice for your practice. Veterinary team members can complete up to 6.5 Free RACE approved CE hours.  https://veterinaryeuthanasiaeducation.com/

Registered Veterinary Technologists and Technicians of Canada offers an online education portal for all RVTTC members. This portal gives you access to hundreds of online courses in a variety of veterinary related topics. https://rvttcanada.ca/veterinary-ce-opportunities-old/

Royal Canin Canada is very active in providing Continuing Education opportunities to the veterinary community in Canada. https://events.royalcanin.ca/event/62619cf5-243d-4b42-a0ed-afc845938b06/websitePage:f9c32945-5566-4f96-837f-8c58361636c7

Seneca College Acute Self-Care for Veterinary Professionals

There is a growing understanding and appreciation of the nuanced stressors impacting the well-being of animal-care providers, particularly those in veterinary and shelter medicine. In this practical microcredential, you will learn how to implement concrete tools into your daily practice that will improve your stress response, which in turn will elevate your overall well-being. Competency will be built in areas that can elicit immediate benefits including establishing boundaries, enhancing self-regulation and self-management, improving reframing as well as health promotion techniques. 

Working professionals and students in animal-care settings (veterinary and shelter medicine) will benefit from participating. This includes staff and students at all levels of practice including veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, reception and managers. 

This microcredential has been approved by the Ontario Association Of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT) for five Continuing Education credits.

Program Highlights

  • sessions will be fully delivered online using both synchronous and asynchronous formats
  • synchronous sessions will take place weekly on Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • foundational material will be provided at the beginning of the week; tools will be practiced during the week and the synchronous portion of the microcredential will be utilized for deeper processing and application
  • approved by the OAVT for five Continuing Education credits

 

https://www.senecacollege.ca/programs/workshops/SCV100.html#menu

 Think Anesthesia: Clinical Use of Alfaxalone Multidose Jurox is excited to present an update on the safety, versatility, and reliability of alfaxalone as an intravenous anesthetic agent for cats and dogs. This update contains information on the new Alfaxan Multidose and its clinical application.  This program is RACE approved for 1 hour of CEhttps://www.thinkanesthesia.education/on-demand-webinar/2020/06/alfaxalone-an-update-in-the-advancement-of-injectable-anesthesia

Thornell Corporation is a family owned business that creates odor elimination products for the veterinary field in North America.  Thornell provides two courses to help veterinary teams. 

Sniffing Your Way to Better Hospital Experiences

This continuing education course is intended to provide veterinary healthcare teams a better understanding and appreciation for the powerful sense of smell of their pet patients. Additionally, we will provide helpful suggestions on ways to improve environmental conditions in your hospital to enhance the overall patient and client experience. – Author: Chad Dodd, DVM (1.5 Hours)

Ooooh That Smell, Can’t You Smell That Smell?

The objective of this CE program is to educate and reinforce – to veterinarians, veterinary technicians, practice managers and other veterinary healthcare team members – the relationship between employee satisfaction, client retention and profit. – Author: Fritz Wood, CPA, CFP (1 Hour) http://www.thornell.com/ce

TRU Open Learning offers two “Refresher” Veterinary Technology courses that are designed for students to upgrade their knowledge and skills within Medical Terminology and Mathematics. These two courses are mandatory for current VTEC students in both our onsite and open learning programs. The veterinary technology terminology and mathematics courses are also perfect for those individuals who would like to refresh their skills or simply to learn within their interests.
 
VTEC1001 (OL Course | Self-Paced | 3 Credits) – Veterinary Technology Terminology: Students analyze and define the components of veterinary terms. These skills enable students to determine the meaning of frequently used veterinary terms and to create new terms for specific applications. This course will help prepare students to successfully complete the Veterinary Technology National Examination for Veterinary Technologists. https://www.tru.ca/distance/courses/vtec1001.html
 
VTEC1011 (OL Course | Self-Paced | 3 Credits) – Veterinary Technology Mathematics: Students will practice principles and techniques of mathematics and statistics that they will encounter in a veterinary practice. The emphasis will be on calculating dosages, intravenous infusions and dilution of solutions. An introduction to statistics is included to facilitate an understanding of quality control procedures. This course will help prepare students to successfully complete the Veterinary Technology National Examination. https://www.tru.ca/distance/courses/vtec1011.html 

Uncharted Veterinary Community

Uncharted is a company built to serve. We create events based on the conversations our members need to have now. We facilitate open and honest discussions in our community and at our events so that our members can make actionable plans specific to their goals and practices. Then… we support those plans and promote accountability to getting them completed. In Uncharted, no one is a nameless face in a crowd. Our members are unique individuals with specialized goals we want to help them achieve. Get started with an Uncharted membership! https://unchartedvet.com/uvc-membership/

University of Guelph Correspondence Courses

These courses are offered on a continuous intake, work-at-your-own-pace basis. Participants will be mailed the complete study package including study material, quizzes and answer sheet to the address provided. Once you have completed all the quizzes, simply submit your answer sheet for scoring using the reply envelope included in your package. You will be notified of your score and if you are successful, a ‘Certificate of Completion’ will be mailed to the address provided. Courses include Pharmacology, Medical Emergencies, Advanced Anesthesia and Surgical Pain Management Techniques, Introduction to Small Animal Behaviour, Introduction to Small Animal Dentistry, and Canine and Feline Nutrition.  Vet Technologist On-line CE Courses

The Veterinary Cytology Schoolhouse

Understand cytology. Help more patients. Practical continuing education designed to catapult you from confused to confident. Become a Master of the Microscope from the comfort of your couch! Practical online courses in cytology and hematology for the veterinary professionals. All courses are self paced with a lifetime access. https://www.veterinarycytologyschoolhouse.com/courses

 

Vancouver Humane Society – Trauma-Informed & Culturally Safe Training Programs for the Animal Services Sector

Our free, complementary courses aim to help animal service workers and organization leaders learn how to implement trauma-informed and culturally safe approaches in their work, and how to mitigate the effects of burnout and compassion fatigue that are incredibly common in the animal protection
sector.

The goal of this training program is simple—to create safer, happier outcomes for animals, their guardians, and animal protection workers.

Background & History

In June 2021, VHS published a report called Helping People and Animals Together: Taking a Trauma-Informed, Culturally Safe Approach Towards Assisting Placed-at-Risk People with Addressing Animal Neglect. The learnings from this report are now an online training program, consisting of three complementary courses. The information shared in these trainings is rooted in the lived experiences of animal protection workers that were interviewed—including real-life scenarios they’ve been in and recommendations they highlighted.

The courses include videos, graphics, worksheets, reflection activities, interactive questions and quizzes, all intended to help you and your team brainstorm creative ways to shift practices and policies towards a more trauma-informed and culturally safe approach. https://vancouverhumanesociety.bc.ca/trauma-informed-training/

Vet Alliance

Become a Vet Alliance member and receive ongoing CE seminars, valuable partner discounts and rebates, as well as the support of the Vet Alliance team as you empower your practice. https://vetalliance.ca/learn-more/

VETgirl

VETgirl is a subscription-based multimedia service offering RACE-approved, online continuing education for veterinary professionals. https://vetgirlontherun.com/

Vet Med Team offers a number of continuing education opportunities for veterinary team members. You can earn RACE and/or CVPM credits and participate at times convenient to your personal schedule. They even offer courses for FREE! http://www.vetmedteam.com/home.aspx

Veterinary Support Personnel Network is an interactive online community. As a member of VSPN, you’ll have access to thousands of colleagues worldwide who want to help you and your patients – 24 hours a day. Membership to VSPN is FREE and includes access to comprehensive online CE taught by world-class instructors.  http://www.vspn.org/