Learn how veterinarians can work together with their medical colleagues, clients, and local and national associations to combat this deadly problem. This course will identify federal and state prescribing requirements; review commonly used and abused opioids; describe steps for a safety plan; and help you recognize signs of client and employee abuse and misuse potential. This course is also designed to provide training for veterinary support staff that have responsibilities for controlled substances.This program has been approved for 3 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval (RACE program # 1078-39963), the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners Investigator-Legal Compliance, and the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (Course ID # 20-45).
"This is the most thorough continuing education that I have encountered on the legal, medical and ethical aspects of opioid use and misuse and how it relates to the veterinary field. Through being a member of rule development for my state's PDMP, reworking the state's law with veterinarians, and creating similar CE for my state, I can assure this CE includes everything veterinarians should know about opioids and controlled substances!"
-Amanda Bisol, VMD, JD Candidate
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Opioid Work Group Member; Maine Veterinary Medical Association, Legislative Chair; AVMA, House Advisory Committee and House of Delegates
Dr. Sarah Babcock is a licensed veterinarian and attorney. She provides both online and live continuing education to help her colleagues fulfill their lifelong obligation to the continual improvement of professional knowledge and competence, as well as satisfy state licensing requirements.
Her active engagement in professional associations, academia, and small animal medicine helps to ensure that the courses offered are applicable to veterinary practice, reflect the needs of the profession, and encourage compliance with evolving veterinary medical law, ethics, and standards of care.
"This is an excellent course for veterinarians on controlled substances, the laws governing them, and the role we can play in hoping to stem the opioid crisis. As clinicians, we are well-aware of the safety and public health issues surrounding opioid use, and this course is incredibly helpful in not only clarifying how controlled substance laws apply directly to veterinarians, but how we can be helpful in reducing risks to the owners of our animal patients."
- Marilyn Brink, DVM, Medical Director
West Michigan Animal Emergency Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan