Online Veterinary Opioid Courses

Maine's new opioid law requires that veterinarians, along with other prescribers and dispensers of opioids, receive three hours of opioid continuing education every two years. Veterinarians are required to get three hours of CE on opioids by December 31, 2017. Learn more about other new requirements here. 

The MVMA has partnered with VetBloom to create two RACE-approved, on-demand webinars that combined fulfill the new opioid CE requirement. 

Both courses are offered at significantly reduced rates for MVMA members. Non-members may join the MVMA today for 2018 and receive immediate access to the reduced rate webinar. Click here to join the MVMA online or call 1-800-448-2772. Learn more about our member benefits here.

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The Prescription and Use of Opioids in Small Animal Patients 

2 CEUs
$60 for MVMA members/$119 for non-members

Andrea Looney, DVM, DACVAA, CCRP, DACVSMR begins with definitions related to opioid use in veterinary patients including what drugs constitute opioid agonists, antagonists and partial receptor reactors; how receptors and receptor subtypes translate into physiologic and pharmacologic effects; opioid indications contraindications and precautions; and alternative treatments and methods that can greatly reduce reliance on oral opioids prone to diversion in small animal veterinary medicine. Legal issues around opioid use and prescription as well as definition of diversion and opioid misuse are covered in detail as it pertains to recent opiate legislation.

Dr. Looney graduated from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. She spent a year in private practice, then returned to Cornell’s small animal hospital for an instructorship in Community Medicine and Anesthesiology. In 1997 she completed a Residency in Anesthesiology and became boarded in Anesthesiology in 2001. Post residency, Dr. Looney held positions with Angell/MSPCA Animal Medical Center in Boston and Springfield, MA in Intensive Care, Anesthesiology and General Medicine, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment and Specialties as Hospital Director and Assistant Clinical Professor, and most recently Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine where she spearheaded the Pain Management and Rehabilitation Service for both large and small animals. Dr. Looney joined the ETHOS network of hospitals in 2014 to develop and expand anesthesia services at all of the hospitals in our network. Her special interests include interventional pain management, rehabilitation, palliative care, postoperative care and anesthesiology.

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The Maine PMP and Veterinarians

$30 for MVMA members/$59 for non-members

Amanda Bisol, VMD, Director and Legislative Chair for the Maine Veterinary Medical Association presents on Maine’s Prescription Monitoring Program law that was passed July 2016 and enacted January 1, 2017. In this webinar Dr. Bisol reviews the law and associated rules as it pertains to veterinarians, walks viewers through the process of checking the PMP, and answers FAQs compiled by the Maine Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Bisol is a small animal general practitioner in Skowhegan, ME where she lives with her husband and three young children. She has a strong belief in organized veterinary medicine and in promoting the value and importance of veterinarians to the public. She values her hobbies which include knitting, sewing and playing trumpet or baritone in the local community band. Dr. Bisol feels work life balance and emotional balance are vital subjects within the profession that need constant effort and thought to be successful.Dr. Bisol is involved directly with local and state politics in relation to veterinary medicine as the Legislative Chair for the MVMA. She has served on the Maine DHHS stakeholder committee to develop and review implementation of Maine Chapter 488 and associated rules.  

This course is appropriate for veterinarians and technicians who are involved in checking the PMP. Technicians working with MVMA members may receive the members-only discounted pricing. For more information contact Katherine Soverel (

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Please contact Katherine Soverel at or 1-800-448-2772 with any questions. If you are an MVMA member, click here to access these courses at the reduced rate.