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Continuing Education & Upcoming Events


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CE Requirements for Veterinary Technicians:

Continuing Education: Proof of twelve (12) hours required every two (2) years - Six (6) on-line hours of training will be accepted during each renewal, however, three (3) of those hours will need to be 'interactive'.

Beginning in 2020, renewals will require two (2) hours of CE on the 'abuse of controlled substances'. For technicians, CE needs to be obtained in 2018 or 2019 for the 2020/2021 renewal.

All On-line CE Accepted for 2020 and 2021

Per the NCVMB
In response to the current COVID-19 Pandemic, the Governor’s state of emergency orders and stay at home orders, the NCVMB will suspend the requirement that only 6 hours of CE may be obtained via online learning. Therefore, for the years 2020/2021, Registered Veterinary Technicians may obtain their CE completely online/virtually (both interactive and non-interactive) if necessary to complete their required hours.


As a reminder, as part of the 12 hours of CE requirement, 2 hours must be dedicated to controlled substance CE.


Each month, NCAVT hosts a free 1 hour webinar for members of NCAVT. See below for upcoming and past webinar information. 

We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of the amazing speakers who have made this possible.
Please remember to sign in via the chat function to obtain CE credit for attending. 



Compassion Satisfaction in the Veterinary Industry

Beckie Mossor, RVT

August 9th, 2022 7:00pm

There is undoubtedly a crisis in veterinary medicine regarding compassion fatigue, burnout, depression,
and unhealthy coping. The leaders across the industry are working hard to identify causes, bring the
conversation to the forefront, and frankly cease the suicide crisis our profession is facing.

But what is the answer? How do we combat compassion fatigue? There are a lot of conversations out
there about self-care, a critical aspect of tackling the dark side of the profession we love. But there is
also the less talked about, Compassion Satisfaction, or the pleasure you derive from doing your work.

This lecture takes the Marie Kondo approach to our professional lives by focusing on compassion
satisfaction, what it is, how to find it, share it, and create joy in your professional life again by focusing
on what brings you joy and eliminating what doesn’t whenever possible.



Rehabilitate Your Protocols: Rehab Tips for the General Practice

Heather Hopkinskon, RVT, VTS-EVN, CCRP

April 21, 2020 7:30pm

This lecture will discuss the use of rehabilitation techniques in general practice.

We will go over the whys, the whens, and the hows as well as home therapy plans and their benefits.


Basic Principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine for Veterinary Technicians

Bobbie Aldridge, RVT

May 19th, 2020 7:30pm

This lecture will cover the beginnings of Chinese Veterinary Medicine that include Wu Xing (5 Element Theory), Yin Yang Theory (Theory of Opposites), and how Chinese Medicine is used in Veterinary Practice. We will discuss the 4 branches of Chinese Veterinary Medicine: Acupuncture, Herbal Therapy, Food Therapy, Tui Na. Case studies will be included as well as information about the Chinese Veterinary Medicine Technician Program at the Chi Institute.


Good Morning Sunshine: Anesthesia Recovery Best Practices

Heather Sidari, RVT, VTS-Anesthesia

June 17th, 2020 7:30pm

The recovery period of anesthesia is a crucial time in the anesthetic experience. Often overlooked, recovery complications can happen. In this lecture, we will discuss what we can do as a team to help prevent recovery complications and how to prepare for them. Common recovery ailments will be reviewed along with breed specifications.


Sink Your Teeth Into Home Dental Care

Dr. Lauren W Johnson

July 21st, 2020 7:30pm

This presentation will discuss the benefits of the different modalities of home dental care (tooth brushing, dental chews, water additives and dental diets), how to critically evaluate your product selections (including information on the VOHC seal), as well as tips for developing your hospital's home dental care program and increasing client compliance.


Feeding Tubes: Helpful Tools in Supportive Care

Patricia Secoura, RVT, VTS-SAIM

October 13th, 2020 7:30pm

This presentation will discuss the types of feeding tubes used, including naso-gastric, naso-esophageal, esophageal, PEG, and the various types of low profile PEG tubes. The indications and contraindications of each type will be discussed, including possible complications. Furthermore, the care and use of each type will also be described.


Controlled Substances 101: How and Why You Must Comply

Jan Woods

November 5th, 2020 7:00pm

This 2 hour RACE Approved CE meets the opioid CE requirement for Technicians and DVMs. This lecture will cover compliance awareness, simplification of controlled substance record keeping and inventory, signs of addiction and abuse, security measurements, and DEA audit preparedness. 

This CE is available for free for NCAVT members and is available to non-members for $45.


Mental Wellness Balance of Work and Life for the Veterinary Technician

Meri Wickenhofer, MSW, LCSW-A, LCAS-A

December 8th, 2020 7:30pm

This presentation will discuss burnout, compassion fatigue, and how the emotional distress may present within different individuals . This lecture will share tools and strategies to support enhanced well-being.


How to Combat Weight Loss and Vomiting in Feline Chronic Enteropathy

Dr. Katie Tolbert.

January 12th, 2021 7:30pm

The link between malnutrition and increased morbidity is well-established for humans with chronic intestinal diseases. The consequence of malnutrition and unintended weightloss in feline enteropathy is underexplored but is also likely associated with a poorer prognosis and reduction in quality of life. If left untreated, malnutrition and unintended weight loss in cats with chronic enteropathy could result in sarcopenia, immunosuppression, and exacerbation of intestinal inflammation, in addition to other sequela. There can be many reasons for unintended weight loss in cats with intestinal disease. For this reason, the veterinary team must develop an individualized therapeutic plan for each feline patient to address malnutrition, unintended weight loss, and other signs such as vomiting with the goal of long-term quality of life for the cat and their caregiver. In this one-hour seminar, a case example will be used to frame the discussion of an individualized nutritional and pharmacologic approach used to combat weight loss and vomiting in cats with chronic enteropathies.


Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine - Combating Racism in Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Allen Cannedy

February 17th 2021 7pm

This presentation will discuss ways to combat racism in veterinary medicine and ways to make the veterinary field an inclusive space for all.


The Veterinary Professionals Role in Honey Bee Health

Dr. Tyler Brady, DVM

March 16th 2021 7pm

This presentation will discuss industry standards of beekeeping, the importance of honey bees and their agricultural role, and the honey bee's role in the One Health Initiative. 


Introduction to the NC Veterinary Response Corps and Animal Response During Disasters

Dr. Anna Allen, DVM

April 13th, 2021 7pm

Participants attending this webinar will gain an understanding of the requirements for becoming a volunteer member of the NC Veterinary Response Corps and the type of work they may be asked to do as a member. Attendees will also learn how animal response fits into the entire disaster response. Participants will learn the basic methods and resources for how to set up and operate a disaster companion animal shelter.


The Role of the Veterinary Technician in a Wildlife Rehab Center

Halley D. Buckanoff, BS, CVT, CWR

May 11th, 2021 7pm

Participants attending this webinar will learn more about the many requirements and unique challenges of Veterinary Technicians working in Zoological and Wildlife medicine. Halley Buckanoff is currently employed at the North Carolina Zoo’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center overseeing rehabilitation practices, center operations, and mentoring of more than 150 volunteers and interns. A graduate from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, Halley is a Certified Veterinary Technician and Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator with 15+ years of emergency, exotic, zoo and wildlife medicine and husbandry experience.  She has completed graduate level course work in animal population management and animal nutrition. She’s an experienced field biologist mist-netting, trapping, banding, tracking and radio-collaring birds; currently holding a USFW banding permit and conducting post-release survival studies on commonly rehabilitated backyard birds.


A Proactive Approach to Canine Osteoarthritis

Saleema Lookman, RVT

June 15th, 2021 7pm

Participants attending this webinar will learn more about their role in Canine Osteoarthritis. As a veterinary technician, you play an important role in helping to recognize the early signs of osteoarthritis (OA) in your canine patients as well as educating dog owners about this common joint disease. By proactively observing your patients and engaging with clients, you can help dog owners understand why routine OA exams are essential and help more dogs get the treatment they need. This session will pair technical information on the disease state with communication tools and techniques so that veterinary technicians will leave this presentation feeling empowered in their observations and conversations with the veterinarian and pet owners.


Career Options for Veterinary Technicians in Biomedical Research

Amanda Dillard, RVT

July 12th, 2021 7pm

Participants attending this webinar will learn more about career opportunities for Veterinary Technicians in Biomedical Research. 


Avian Hematology

Dr. David Scott, DVM

August 9th 2021, 7pm

Participants attending this webinar will learn more about Avian Hematology as presented by Dr. David Scott who is currently the staff veterinarian for the Carolina Raptor Center where he oversees the care of up to 1000 birds of prey each year.


Feline Oral Disease

Jeannie Losey, RVT, VTS (Dentistry)

September 14th 2021, 7pm

This oral presentation goes over common and uncommon oral disease seen in cats. Attendees will become familiar with the common client complaints, signs, diagnostics, and treatment choices. Attendees will learn the different classes of resorptive lesions and how through the use of dental radiographs the appropriate treatment can be determined. This presentation will also go over the top three feline oral neoplasms and what that means for the patient and owner.


A Fear Free Visit: Plan for Comfort

Tabitha Kucera, RVT, CCBC, KPA-CTP

October 12th, 2021, 7pm

The sensory perception of dogs and cats is different from a human’s perception. They can be more sensitive to environmental stimuli than we are. We must take this into consideration as we cultivate our hospital atmosphere and culture. This session will discuss practical tips and items that can be used immediately to create a calm and inviting environment for each individual client and patient.


Help Wanted: Tips on Navigating Your Next Job Search

Amy Snyder, DVM, MBA

November 16th, 2021, 7pm

Do you find job searches overwhelming? This webinar will help you with tools to navigate through your next job search with ease!


Managing Common Anesthetic Complications

Ginny Nystrom, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia

December 14th, 2021, 7pm

Anyone who has ever performed anesthesia experiences complications from time to time- skill and experience notwithstanding! Most important is knowing how to respond to the complication to best benefit the patient. This presentation will discuss the most common complications for veterinary patients undergoing anesthesia, and the latest techniques to treat them.


Becoming A Study Coordinator

Carrie Emke, BS, RVT

January 11th 2022, 7pm

A brief history of clinical trials and how they go from benchtop research to becoming prescription medication in the veterinary clinic. Veterinary Technicians play an inportant role in all aspects of veterinary medicine, and becoming a study coordinator is another path your career can take! This webinar will discuss how the speaker became involved in clinical trials and how you can too!


The Who's and Why's of Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Brooke Bridges, RVT

February 22nd 2022, 7pm

In this lecture, you will discuss one of the most common heart diseases of large and giant breed canine companions. This webinar will discuss which breeds are commonly affected as well as the difference between primary and secondary DCM. We will review DCM, how it affects the heart, how it is diagnosed and how it is treated.


Note - Events Listed Below Are Not Sponsored BY NCAVT Unless Noted

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Please check back for an updated list of upcoming opportunities.

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