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OSU Veterinary College Announces Online Professional Development Courses

Monday, May 11, 2020

Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine premiered three online professional development courses for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

“In light of COVID-19, we know veterinary professionals still need to stay current on best practices and the latest veterinary medical information available,” said Dr. Rosslyn Biggs, continuing education director and beef cattle extension specialist at the veterinary college. “Our first three courses are: Opioid Abuse and Best Practice Prescribing, COVID-19 Update, and COVID-19 Epidemiology.”

Led by Mark Woodward with Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, the opioid course is co-sponsored by the Oklahoma State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (OSBVME). The course meets the one hour of educational (CE) requirement for DEA registrants and has been approved by the OSBVME.

The COVID-19 Update course features a panel of experts from across the state reporting on how each area responded to the COVID-19 crisis. Recorded panel discussions include information from the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine with Dr. Carlos Risco, dean; Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry with Dr. Rod Hall, state veterinarian; OSBVME with Cathy Kirkpatrick, executive director; Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association with Dr. Jennifer Schoonover, president; and the OSU Ferguson College of Agriculture with Dr. Thomas Coon, dean. A detailed Q & A session follows the panel discussions.

The COVID-19 Epidemiology course features a panel of state experts discussing how each area has responded to the COVID-19 crisis from an epidemiological perspective and how OSU is involved in COVID-19 testing. Participants will hear from Dr. Carlos Risco, dean of the veterinary college; Dr. Jared Taylor, epidemiologist at the veterinary college; Dr. LeMac Morris with the Oklahoma State Health Department and Dr. Jerry Ritchey, former interim director of the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. Panel discussions will be followed by a detailed Q & A session.

Each course contains recorded lectures or discussions, check your knowledge questions, and a final assessment at the end. Links to additional resources will be supplied to participants when applicable. Those who complete the course receive a certificate for one hour of CE for each course via email. The cost is $25 per course. Off-campus veterinarians and veterinary technicians can register here.

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