There are a ton of great CE opportunities out there for free. Here are some great options when you find yourselves with questions about a particular topic, would love more information, or with downtime. If you know of any sites you would like added, please let Brooke know!
It’s as simple as reading Veterinary Practice News, Veterinary Team Brief, Firstline, Today’s Veterinary Practice, DVM360, Clinician’s Brief, etc in the breakroom instead of playing on your phone while you drink coffee.
Continuing Education Conferences: Our employers are great and offer us the opportunity to go to CE – most hospital owners are not as generous. So please take advantage! Here are a few conferences that are drivable that you may want to check out:
– NC Veterinary Conference (November 4-6, 2016 in Raleigh, NC). http://ncveterinaryconference.com/
– CVC Virginia Beach – (May 5-9, 2016 in Virginia Beach, VA) http://www.thecvc.com/dates-and-locations/cvc-virginia-beach/
– Southeast Veterinary Conference (June 19-22, 2016 in Hilton Head, SC) http://www.scav.org/
– Ralph Lee’s Great Smokies Conference (September 28-October 2, 2016 in Asheville, NC) http://www.vetmeetings.com/Asheville/
– Sun n fun Vet Conference (August 3-7, 2016) http://www.vetmeetings.com/MyrtleBeach/
– And so many more! Google “Veterinary conferences” and find them! The big ones with tech programs will benefit you the most!
Purdue School of Vet Med – Amazing CE courses available online through Purdue. You don’t have to go anywhere to fill your brain!
Today’s Veterinary Technician – free magazine (print and/or digital) available for techs and assistants.
Idexx Learning Center – Lots of options to explore pancreatitis, heart disease, dental disease, urinalyses, parvo, fecals, etc etc etc. Register for your own account on the right side of the page to be able to participate in courses. It’s a quick and easy sign up.
On the Floor @Dove – A great resource for all members of the veterinary team. Tons of informative how-tos – from providing great customer service skills, to how to lift a dog safely, to anesthesia machine basics, transfusion medicine, and more. Login under firstname.lastname@example.org with password eah244529732
Veterinary Team Brief Online – offers great articles and information on relevant information.
Veterinarypartner.com – We direct many owners to this site, and print off articles for them all the time. But this great information could benefit you as well, and teach you more about conditions we see daily. Articles are written for “real people” and are easy to read.
VetMedTeam has free CE courses you can take on a ton of subjects! Check out https://www.vetmedteam.com/class.aspx?ci=238 for zoonotic discussions!
Dental radiography tips – The bisecting angle technique has helped me limit repeated radiographs the last couple of times I’ve done dental rads. Take a few minutes and go over these websites that explain this technique and why it works: Radiology techniques and Veterinary Dentistry Radiography
Center for Disease Control (CDC) website – www.cdc.gov has great info on many fronts. The zoonotic disease area is especially interesting in our field – http://www.cdc.gov/24-7/CDCFastFacts/zoonotic.html and http://www.cdc.gov/rodents/diseases/ . Also http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/pets/dogs.html . Lots more good info- check it out!
Anesthetic Problems and Emergencies – Great link to things that can and could go wrong in every procedure, and the knowledge of how to respond appropriately.
Cat Skin Issues – neat pictures and basic descriptions!- http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=107386