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RACE Standards

Definition of RACE-Approved Continuing Education

RACE-approved continuing veterinary education (CE) consists of educational activities that serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships that a veterinary professional uses to provide services for patients, the public or the profession. CE content considered by RACE includes the following: 1) that body of knowledge and skills recognized and accepted by the profession as within the basic veterinary sciences, 2) the discipline of veterinary medicine, and 3) the provision of veterinary care to the public.

In order to be deemed eligible for approval by RACE, CE offerings shall be designed to reflect the educational needs of the veterinarian or veterinary technician and build upon or refresh the participant in the standards for practice and the foundational, evidence-based material presented in accredited colleges or schools of veterinary medicine or accredited veterinary technician programs.

Not all continuing educational activities in which a veterinary professional may engage are approvable RACE CE. RACE providers must present activities that promote recommendations, treatment or manners of practicing veterinary medicine that are within the definition of RACE-approved CE. CE programs that advocate unscientific modalities of diagnosis or therapy are not eligible for RACE approval.

Furthermore, those programs that promote treatments known to pose significant risks, dangers that outweigh benefits or unproven effectiveness are generally not considered approvable. All scientific information referred to, reported or used in RACE Program Applications in support or justification of an animal-care recommendation must conform to the medically accepted and scientifically supported standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis.

The RACE committee reserves the right to evaluate the scientific merit of evidence submitted and to seek expert advice from external sources as deemed necessary by the committee.