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School of Behavioral Health

  • Module 1: Understanding Fear and Anxiety in Dogs and Cats

    Fear and anxiety behaviors in pets may be difficult to assess, even with a proper understanding of behavioral body language. There are often multifactorial causes for such issues, and evaluation and treatment are frequently complex and individualized.

    This Module is Written/Intended Only for Use in the United States.

School of Dental Health

  • Module 1: The Importance of Dental Care

    A complete dental care program, consisting of regular oral examinations, professional cleaning and treatment, and regular home care, can result in healthier patients. Dental care can be particularly important with periodontal disease, which can affect systemic health, yet is preventable.

    This Module is Written/Intended Only for Use in the United States.
    CE credits are not available for this module.

  • Module 2: Dental Products

    In a complete dental care program, the entire veterinary team can be the clients’ best resource for education and information about appropriate dental care. Providing personalized home care recommendations that fit the pet owners’ lifestyle, stage of periodontal disease and are tailored to what the pet will accept are crucial.

    This Module is Written/Intended Only for Use in the United States.
    CE credits are not available for this module.

  • Module 3: Introduction to Dental Anatomy, Terminology, and Pathology

    It is important to know the normal anatomy and function of the oral cavity, to use the appropriate terms when recording or communicating any findings, and to be able to recognize when abnormal conditions exist. A thorough history, examination and charting can help the dental team discover common conditions and even hidden problems, to provide the best dental care for patients.

    This Module is Written/Intended Only for Use in the United States.

  • Module 4: The Veterinary Technician’s Role in the Dental Procedure

    From a complete oral examination and recording the findings, to a thorough dental cleaning, the technician is at the forefront of providing professional dental care.

    This Module is Written/Intended Only for Use in the United States.

  • Module 5: Dental Wellness Team

    Providing patient dental care is a team sport. It starts with providing a consistent message to the pet owner from every team member in the practice! When the practice believes the dental care they provide can positively impact the pets’ health, setting goals to improve care can help drive their implementation. Tools to help meet these goals may include getting the proper equipment, providing education and setting up wellness plans.

    This Module is Written/Intended Only for Use in the United States.

  • Module 6: Building Dental Compliance

    A consistent team message on the benefits of proper dental care, along with client education, can help increase the level of compliance, for both professional and home care. Internal compliance – setting and meeting the goals of oral examinations at every visit, making the appropriate recommendations and scheduling the procedures – is the first step in fostering owner compliance.

    This Module is Written/Intended Only for Use in the United States.

  • Module 7: Dental Radiography

    It is impossible to provide a proper level of dental care without intraoral radiographs, which often reveal many hidden oral and dental conditions. The biggest challenge is developing proficiency at taking radiographs with the proper angulation for the best image. Good training from the beginning and lots of practice allows the team to make this diagnostic tool an important part of the complete dental examination.

    This Module is Written/Intended Only for Use in the United States.

  • Module 8: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management for Dentistry and Oral Surgery

    Appropriate pain management is an essential part of any potentially painful dental procedure or oral surgery. While drug therapy selection and administration of regional nerve blocks should be performed by the veterinarian, the entire dental team should be aware of the concepts of multi-modal pain management. By providing pre-operative, post-operative and local analgesia, the patients will be more comfortable and require less general anesthesia during the procedure.

    This Module is Written/Intended Only for Use in the United States.

  • Module 9: Dental Radiography II

    Learning how to take radiographic images was covered in Module 7. Now, complete assessment of the images, by identifying and evaluating the teeth and supporting structures, will help to discover abnormalities and lesions. You will learn to discern between normal structures and pathological changes, and to recognize artifacts that may mimic disease.

    This Module is Written/Intended Only for Use in the United States.

School of Dermatology and Skin Health

  • Module 1: Atopy 101

    In dealing with atopy in pets, it is critical to understand and manage the expectations for this lifelong condition, which can never be cured, but hopefully may be controlled. Building a thorough medical history from a detailed questionnaire adds to the information gathered from a complete examination and diagnostic procedures. Therapy is devised to control the disease the best way possible with the least amount of risk for the patient.

    This Module is Written/Intended Only for Use in the United States.

  • Module 2: Principles of Topical Therapy 202

    With a wide variety of clinical presentations of skin disease, and even wider choices in products, it is essential to pair the right therapy with the condition. Otherwise treatments may not be successful, or complications can occur. Medical team members are the best resource for recommendations as to proper selection of topical therapy in skin-related cases, from shampoos to leave-on lotions.

    This module is being updated and will be available soon

  • Module 3: Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Otitis

    Otitis externa is a common complaint in pets, and chronic otitis can be frustrating to manage. A proper understanding of the anatomy of the ear structures and determining the causes of otitis (predisposing, primary and perpetuating) can aid in setting appropriate treatment goals. Client education is important in maximizing compliance of treatment and setting realistic expectations.

    This Module is Written/Intended Only for Use in the United States.

School of Endocrinology - Hypothyroidism

  • Module 1: Diagnosis of Canine Hypothyroidism

    Hypothyroidism may be suspected in dogs with a variety of symptoms from skin changes to lethargy and weight gain. By using a combination of thyroid function tests, the patient can be interpreted as to the likelihood of hypothyroidism, but some results are not completely definitive and require additional evaluation. Response to treatment can assist in providing confirmation of the diagnosis.

    This Module is Written/Intended Only for Use in the United States.

  • Module 2: Understanding Canine Hypothyroidism

    As can be seen in other endocrine disorders, hypothyroidism can have subtle signs that gradually progress, yet can affect multiple body systems. Once diagnosed, therapy is aimed at supplementing thyroxine levels. Regular therapeutic monitoring is needed to adjust optimize dosages. Emphasizing the need for compliance and consistency in therapy to the owners is crucial.

    This Module is Written/Intended Only for Use in the United States.

School of Hospital Management

  • Module 1: Developing Medical Compliance

    While low compliance of pet owners is often discussed, improving compliance within the practice team can provide substantial benefits for everyone, including the patients. When a problem is identified by hospital leadership, the perceived need for change must be accepted by the entire team, so their input is important. For proper implementation, resources such as education and communication tools are often necessary. In selecting an area for change, the means to measure the impact is critical, in order to evaluate trends and recognize success.

    This Module is Written/Intended Only for Use in the United States.

School of Parasite Control

  • Module 1: A Review of the Fundamentals of Heartworm Infection

    To understand the basics of heartworm infection, a disease that is both prevalent yet preventable, it is important to review the life cycle of this parasite and pathogenesis of the disease.

    This Module is Written/Intended Only for Use in the United States.

  • Module 2: Understanding Intestinal Parasites

    Knowing the life cycles of endoparasites leads to a better understanding of their transmission, the diseases they can cause and the methods of diagnosing infections. Beyond the disease problems that can occur in pets, the zoonotic potentials of some of these parasites emphasized the importance of prevention and implementing a strong parasite control program for your patients.

    This Module is Written/Intended Only for Use in the United States.

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