Friday, November 20, 2009

Continuing Education Credits for Veterinarians


Veterinarians in the province of Saskatchewan can now earn continuing education credits in the non-scientific category for taking the Doggone Safe online course: Basic Body Language. This course teaches about dog body language and is informative for veterinarians who may not have had much training in dog behaviour. Understanding the subtleties of dog body language helps veterinarians assure the emotional well-being of the dogs they handle as well as helping them to avoid provoking a bite to themselves, their staff or the client. For veterinarians with good knowledge of dog body language, this course provides the key information that veterinarian can point out to their clients. There may be some cases where the client might even be advised to take the course in order to prevent an incident at home with the dog. The course provides free handouts suitable for client education.

Dr. Barbara Evans of Saskatchewan conducted a survey to determine the continuing education needs and goals of veterinarians. Here is an excerpt from her report, published in the fall issue of the SVMA News:
The participants acknowledged, the while continuing education programs were critically important to the professional development of veterinarians, such programs should also include practically relevant information that they could readily pass on to their clients in the form of client education. Suzanne's comment about CE programs focusing on: "something that my clients would like to know and would be interesting to them" was typical. The participants noted that whether they brought specialists to their clinic for discussion sessions or sought out specific learning material that would benefit their clients, what was important is for the material to be current and be quickly adapted to their clinical practice. The desire by the participants to focus on the need for CE programs to include and address the learning needs of their clients was a key finding in this study.
Click here to read the entire study report - reprinted by permission from the SVMA News, Fall 2009.

For more information about the Basic Body language course please visit www.doggonesafe.com.

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