This course will provide continuing education on the topics most frequently required courses by state veterinary medical boards-medical records, controlled substances awareness and client communications. The courses include an overview of how veterinary professionals are regulated, focusing on client consent, professional standards of care, and veterinary ethics. Additionally, veterinary ethical literacy will be enhanced through the use of case scenarios to help inform strategies for problem solving that decrease moral stress and improve the well-being of veterinary professionals and their patients. The bundle also includes two hours on the legal and ethical considerations for veterinary professionals on telehealth tools.
The content has been approved by RACE for a total of 15 hours of continuing education credit in those jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval.
"Poor medical documentation is one of the most common reasons the board of veterinary medicine opens an investigation when a complaint is received.” Dr. Patricia O’Handley, Ethics and Grievance Mediator, MVMA
Recent studies give rise to the concern that there is a lack of ethical literacy in the veterinary profession. Dr. Chelsey Shivley (MSU-CVM, Class of 2012) published an article in 2016 that found "other than professional ethics, veterinary school curricula largely exclude detailed or embedded applied ethical instruction."
In a 2014 survey, veterinarians reported substantial gaps in both their knowledge and education on opioids, and 64 percent said they had not completed continuing education on best practices for prescribing opioids since entering practice.
Dr. Sarah Babcock (Michigan State University-College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2004) is a Michigan licensed veterinarian and attorney. She offers instruction in veterinary medical law and ethics as part of the traditional veterinary medical curriculum.
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.
Dr. Babcock's 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.