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RACE FAQ's for Member Boards

RACE was developed and implemented at the request of the AAVSB Member Boards and mimics similar programs in many of the other regulated professions.  While not intended to be fully encompassing, the below FAQ’s address some of the inquiries of certain segments of the continuing education community.

1. The application fees for AAVSB RACE recognition are too high.
The fees associated with the RACE program and provider applications are comparable to those of other industries in which CE is regulated. 

-Program Applications (Program approval is good for 2 years. Renewal fees are the same as initial application fees)

Processing Fee - $125

 

Per CE Hour Fee - $20

 

Large Program Per CE Hour Cap - $1,000

 

Late Fee (for programs submitted 45 days or fewer prior to the first course offering) - $225

 

 

-Provider Applications (Provider status is good for 2 years)

Initial  Provider Application - $350

 

Provider Renewal - $250

 

Provider Renewal Late Fee (30 days after expiration) - $100

 

2. The length of time to process an application for AAVSB RACE recognition is too long. 
Applications are generally processed through to a final decision in 3 to 4 weeks.  When applications are incomplete and additional information is requested, the process, of course, takes longer.  Many of the delays are based upon the applicant’s lack of timely response to requests for additional information.   Programs which do not meet the RACE Standards will undergo additional review prior to being denied.  This additional review process will lengthen the process from 3-4 weeks to 6-8 weeks or longer, depending on the timeliness of the response to requests for additional information from the provider.

3. Some programs that have been RACE recognized in the past are now being denied approval.  How can this happen?
AAVSB RACE recognition is based upon applicants meeting the current RACE Standards.  Effective in September 2009 and based upon input from Member Boards, RACE Standards were modified to reflect the needs of the AAVSB membership.  Those programs approved prior to the Standards change will remain approved and active until they are submitted for renewal.  The renewal process allows RACE to evaluate the programs according to the most current RACE Standards, in order to ensure the highest quality of continuing education.  Some programs up for renewal will not meet the 2009 Standards which require scientific or clinical based applicants to conform to the medically accepted and scientifically supported standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis.

4. Can programs involving coursework or information not taught in veterinary school be approved?
According to the RACE Standards, in order to be deemed eligible for approval by RACE, CE offerings must 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.  Programs falling outside of this scope cannot be approved.

5. What information about RACE applicants is provided to relevant veterinary licensing boards?

The final decision of RACE recognition or denial is made available to the AAVSB Member Boards.  Upon request of a Member Board, additional, more specific information regarding the application will be provided.  Program and provider application information is confidential and is not shared with entities outside of AAVSB membership.  

6. Who makes the decisions of whether applicants meet the AAVSB RACE Standards?
The RACE Committee consists of 6 voting members. RACE recommendations are further vetted by the AAVSB Board of Directors which has the ultimate decision-making authority regarding RACE applicants.  Of course, all such decisions are based upon an analysis of the information submitted by the applicant as it relates to the RACE Standards.        

AAVSB contracts with multiple consultants with expertise in various aspects of veterinary practice, including complimentary and alternative practice. Consultants are not involved in any decision-making capacity with the RACE program.    

7. What are the qualifications of the AAVSB RACE decision-makers?
RACE committee members and consultants are appointed by the AAVSB Board of Directors with consideration to the need of diverse representation, expertise and continuity.  The majority of voting members are required to be current or former members of their state veterinary boards.  All members must be veterinarians in good standing

8. What rights do RACE applicants have who are dissatisfied with the AAVSB decision?
RACE applicants have the right to appeal adverse decisions through the AAVSB RACE Appellate procedure.  The AAVSB RACE Appellate Commission has the authority to affirm, remand, or reverse a previous Board of Directors determination.  The RACE Appellate Commission is an entirely separate entity from the RACE Committee.

9. What is the definition of RACE-Approved Continuing Education?

Article II. 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.

 


 



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