My career has been in shelter medicine for at least 15 years. I was amazed to see how much is still out there to be learned, especially in the realm of animal law and cruelty. From talking dealing with colleagues to proper record keeping and dealing with suspected animal cruelty, it is all covered in a succinct and easy to follow pattern. Dr. Wilson has done an admirable job assembling a course that should be mandatory for every veterinarian at some point in their career. Topics covered span all realms of the profession, even shelter medicine, and serve as a reminder that all of us must make sure we are following the most recent regulations as they change from state to state. Thanks again for a great course,
Bryan Langlois, DVM, Medical Director, Humane League of Lancaster County, AVC 2005
I found Dr. Wilson's class to be very interesting, practical and thought provoking. It helped me to correct deficiencies in my records that may save me a lot of stress and anxiety in the future. My biggest concern was taking a course on line as I am very technologically challenged. I found the course format to be very user friendly and the technical support staff to be courteous and helpful.
Thanks for a great class experience.
Sue Swanson, DVM, Minnesota
I am truly thankful that I had the opportunity to complete the online Veterinary Law and Ethics distance that was offered by Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Dr. James Wilson. I learned so much from each and every section of the course that I am now confident that when school is finished I will not only have the knowledge necessary for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, I will also have the wisdom necessary to acquire a position as an associate veterinarian and the integrity and savvy necessary to build a strong client base with excellent staff and a profitable practice while serving as a valuable member of my community as well as the veterinary profession.
Cynthia Miller, 2nd year veterinary student, Mississippi State. May 2011
I agree with your statement in the online course that the One Health Initiative is an important step in the direction of preventing and managing all diseases including the zoonotic ones. For that reason, we veterinarians will become more linked to the human health arena in the future than in the past. As indicated in the course, this will force us be ever more cautious recording information about our clients’ health along with the records of the animal patients we are treating. I plan to attend the AAVSB conference and am sorry you will not be there. I will be glad to talk to other Board members from around the country and tell them how much I enjoyed your course and how relevant and useful it will be for CE as well as part of an effort to improve the compliance and quality of veterinary medicine by our licensees. We have already decided to direct some of our licensees to take at least part of the course to help correct deficiencies in record keeping. I will make an effort to review the revised material and give you additional feedback whenever you need it. Thanks for allowing me to take the course.
Chris H. Runde, DVM, President, Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. July 2011
Thank you once again for affording me the opportunity to take your class. As an AAHA practice, we follow your recommendations and put copies of pharmacy labels in the record. We also ask the owners to sign the record copy as they are handed the medication. We have had people deny receiving medications and demand refunds or free refills. Once we started the signatures this stopped. We also use your ideas regarding pre- made handouts for many common procedures such as spays, dentals and tumor removals. They are reviewed on discharge of the patient and the owner is asked to initial them, after which copies are placed in the record. As a Maryland Board member, I obviously find the record keeping section of your course of great interest. We have seen cases where better records would have likely helped the veterinarian. I also found the section on how to behave when dealing with colleagues of great interest. In the course of reviewing state board cases, we have seen colleagues behave less than admirably toward their neighbors. I plan on using the knowledge gleaned from your course to help me in my practice as well as by becoming a more valuable Maryland State Veterinary Board member. If I can be ever be of assistance to you in the evolution of this course, please do not hesitate to ask.
David Handel, DVM CVA CCRP Board Member, Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. September 2011
Having worked as a manager of a multi doctor small animal practice in New York City for years, I’ve experienced an extremely diverse and creative cross section of clients, including some very well-educated and litigious members of our society. The world is a brutal place regardless of your good natured personality and intent as a veterinarian. The knowledge and discussion provided in this course will prepare you to practice smart medicine, where your hard-earned license will be yours to keep.
Michael Jerva, Practice Manager, Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital, 257 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011. VHMA CVPM Candidate July 2011
I am truly thankful that I had the opportunity to complete the online Veterinary Law and Ethics course.... I learned so much from each and every section of the course that I am now confident that when school is finished I will not only have the knowledge necessary for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, I will also have the wisdom necessary to acquire a position as an associate veterinarian and the integrity and savvy necessary to build a strong client base with excellent staff and a profitable practice while serving as a valuable member of my community as well as the veterinary profession.
Cynthia Miller, 2nd year veterinary student, Mississippi State University
Hi Dr. Wilson,
I finished the online course and I can't tell you enough how great it was! I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to pilot it for Washington State University and will be proactive and in communication with Dr. DeBowes and Dean Slinker in getting this instilled in our curriculum. I thank you for this opportunity. I certainly learned a ton and feel so much better prepared for life in practice. Great vision you had-you're truly making a different in our education.
Misti Nuxoll 2011 NVBMA Marketing Chair, Washington State University Vet Med Class of 2012 August 2011
The things I learned that will help me succeed personally and professionally as a result of new ideas or material in the course included the importance of keeping immaculate accurate records, thorough communication, having a good lawyer, having personal and professional accountability, not burning bridges with colleagues, and the value of law in our profession.
Kristen Britton, 2012 NVBMA President, Washington State University Vet Med Class of 2013
I found the section on ethics and etiquette very helpful in terms of keeping actions in perspective when dealing with business and personal aspects of veterinary medicine.
Priya Desoyza, Cornell University CVM Class
The contract unit is extremely beneficial. I don’t believe we as students are exposed to this material in any other setting or class in vet school. It also gives a good starting point to have the knowledge basis to not be intimidated to further our education in this subject matter on our own. Great section!!
Josh Barker, Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2013
Every module in this course is excellent and teaches or reinforces a very valuable principle. While we all know the importance of client communication and records, this course and the examples used in it, really drove this point home. Every veterinary student should complete this course prior to graduation. The knowledge and information in this course is invaluable not only to student’s future but also to protecting the profession.
Ashley Craig, 2011 NVBMA President, Tuskeegee University College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2011