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Earn education credits and certificates at the conference

As an attendee of the 2021 Best Friends National Conference, you can earn continuing education credits (CEs) or continuing education units (CEUs) and certificates. See the information below about the qualifying credits and certificates and note any applicable deadlines.

Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA)
Best Friends Animal Society is an approved provider of content that enhances professional competence and aligns with the five domains of the CAWA exam specifications. Every hour of training equals one CE toward a CAWA recertification.

The National Animal Care and Control Association (NACA)
NACA has approved the conference for eight CEUs. Proof of attendance in the form of your conference registration should be submitted to NACA for credit.

Southern Utah University (SUU)
SUU is the academic partner of Best Friends Animal Society and offers learning opportunities in contemporary animal services, including options to earn continuing education units (CEUs) and institutional certificates. Here are a few ways you can earn credits through SUU:

  • Earn an SUU institutional certificate and one CEU by registering for the Best Friends National Conference, attending at least 80% (or 11.5 hours) of the conference and completing a reflection. Apply and pay for an SUU institutional certificate and one CEU.
  • Earn three CEUs by successfully completing the Best Friends National Conference’s fast-track course. Credits earned here may be applied toward an SUU bachelor’s degree or participating master’s degree program. Apply and pay for three CEUs.
  • Upon successful completion, you will receive an SUU institutional certificate, and earned CEUs will be reflected on a university transcript.

Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE)
The specific sessions below have been approved for up to six hours of continuing education (CE) credit for veterinarians and vet techs, in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval. You must attend live to qualify for these credits. You must also submit your request for RACE CE credits by July 1 (or within seven days of the conference).

  • 2021’s Latest Testing and Sheltering Guidelines for FeLV and FIV (.50 CE credit)
  • Battling Ringworm: Fighting Fungus with Facts (.50 CE credit)
  • Don't Stress About Pain: Anti-anxiety and Analgesia in Resource-Limited Settings (.50 CE credit)
  • Key Components of a Lifesaving Shelter Medicine Program (.50 CE credit)
  • Medical and Ops: How to Collaborate and Communicate to Save More Lives (1 CE credit)
  • Creating a Low-Cost Heartworm Program (.50 CE credit)
  • Reducing Length of Stay at Your Shelter (.50 CE credit)
  • Creating a Foster-Centric Medical Clinic (.50 CE credit)
  • Improving Cat Outcomes by Teaching HQHV Spay/Neuter Techniques (.50 CE credit)
  • The Unintended Consequences of Pulling Friendly Community Cats for Adoption (.50 CE credit)
  • TNR vs. TNVR: How Emphasizing the “V” in TNVR Benefits Your Community and Community Cats (.50 CE credit)

Texas Department of State Health Services, Zoonosis Control Branch Mandated Animal Control Officer (ACO) Continuing Education Training
The Best Friends National Conference has been approved to apply toward animal control officer (ACO) continuing education (CE) requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code. The conference has been approved for a total of 8.5 CE hours. General sessions are not included.

You must attend live to qualify for these credits. You must also submit your request for these CE hours by July 1 (or within seven days of the conference).

If a participant wants to provide feedback on this course and/or its sponsor, the participant can mail comments to the Texas Department of State Health Services, Training Course Coordinator, Zoonosis Control, MC 1956, P.O. Box 149347, Austin, TX 78714-9347 or email The.Vet@dshs.texas.gov.