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Course Description

As of January 1, 2011, the State of California has mandated that all veterinary hospital workers receive radiation safety training. Additionally, all clinics are now required to keep safety and technique training records of all staff for Veterinary Medical Board inspection review. We are pleased to offer the first ever online training module for California veterinary professionals to understand and fulfill these two requirements.

Tuition is $50 and participants may enroll at any time.

Taught by nationally recognized RVT, Candi Stafford, our Radiation Safety and Techniques Course includes two training videos on radiation safety and animal positioning in addition to Ms. Stafford's Animal Positioning in Veterinary Radiology downloadable manual. Each participant must complete a quiz after viewing the videos in order to receive two (2) continuing education credits and a certificate of completion. This course is a great option for those who prefer to fulfill the new state requirements through the convenience of their work or home computer and/or do not want to pay travel fees.

In addition, California RVTs must comply with new 2013 regulations imposed by the Veterinary Medical Board (VMB). As of July, 2013, VMB will require that all RVTs renewing their license for the second time or more demonstrate completion of 20 hours of CE credits within the two years prior to renewal. The law states that records must be kept for 4 years from the date of course completion and may be requested during an audit by VMB. Vet technicians can take courses for CE credit online through AAVR, a certified provider of RACE-approved courses. AAVR’s Radiation Safety Course worth two CE credits fulfills this new California regulation, in addition to the January, 2011 regulation requiring radiation safety training for veterinary professionals. RVTs can also earn 14.5 CE credits with AAVR’s innovative new online Veterinary MRI course

To take the Radiation Safety course, follow these simple steps:

If you haven't already done so, create an AAVR username and password. (You cannot enroll in the course without an AAVR username and password.)

Once the registration is completed, you will be directed to the available course listing. Select the course and then pay the $50 tuition through a secure PayPal interface. Once the payment is made, your account will automatically be updated and you will have full access to the course.

If you have already paid for the course, you can log in and view it here.

Once you have passed the quiz, you will be able to download and print your certificate.

Please Contact Us if you have any questions. (858) 634-5430

Course Topics

  • Maximum permissible dose
  • Time-distance shielding
  • Proper radiographic positioning
  • Radiographic positioning aides
  • Radiation safety examination (fulfills State of California requirements)

Value Added

  • Two (2) Continuing Education credits
  • Record keeping of course certification
  • Copy of "Animal Positioning in Veterinary Radiology" manual by Ms. Candi Stafford


Candi Stafford Bio

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Candi Stafford, RVT received her BS in Animal Science from Fresno State in 1974. In 1977, she began her veterinary career in private practice and became a licensed RVT by 1979. Candi accepted a role at the UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. She spent two years focusing on ICU and Small Animal Medicine before making the transition to SA Radiology. In 2010, Candi retired from her position at UC Davis, only to begin a new career as a Digital Applications Specialist for VetRay by Sedecal USA. Her family has 3 children, 5 grandchildren, 8 four-legged cat children, 4 four-legged dog children, and 1 bird.

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