Euthanasia by Injection

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4800 SW 35th Dr
Gainesville, Florida 32608

Continuing Education/Professional Development Training for Certification as a Euthanasia Technician (CET Training)




Course Description:

An on-demand, self-paced, course that prepares students with the knowledge and clinical skills necessary to seek licensure as a Certified Euthanasia Technician for animal shelters throughout the U.S.A. Instruction and documentation of proficiency with clinical skills is overseen by licensed veterinarians. The course is built upon the Guidelines for Euthanasia of Animals as published by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV). 

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  • Endorsed by the Humane Society of the United States
  • Approved for 1.8 CEUs (18 contact hours) of training
  • Cost of Full Course = $400.00 (both Parts 1 and 2)
  • Meets the Requirements of Florida Administrative Code:  61G18-16.003. Continuing Education Standards and 61G18-16.005. Euthanasia of Dogs and Cats; Technician Certification Course. Approved by Florida DBPR as Continuing Education course #0009124
  • Meets the training requirements of Washington State’s Department of Health, Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission’s for animal shelters to obtain an annual license for using sodium pentobarbital for animal euthanasia. RCW 69.50.310 and Chapter 246-886 WAC, which “requires completion of approved training by each of the agency's agents or personnel who possess and administer approved legend drugs or sodium pentobarbital, before being approved to administer such drugs.”
  • Other states, may only require you to complete Part 1 or Part 2 of this course for initial licensure or for renewal. If you are unsure, check with your licensing board before you enroll. There are additional links for enrolling in each part separately.
  • To Enroll in Part 1 ONLY for $200:   
  • To Enroll in Part 2 ONLY for $200:   NOTE:  These links work best if you use Firefox as your internet browser.


Cathy Anderson, DVM, MS    

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Laurie Wright, DVM, MS   

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Course Coordinator:  

Terry Spencer, DVM, MEd      E-mail:  (resume

Guest Lecturers:


Kathleen Cooney DVM, MS, CHPV, CCFP  Founder, Director of Education, Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy (CAETA) (resume)


Alice Imhof RN, MSN, MS (Concentration in Shelter Medicine) Training and Education Coordinator,  Helping Strays, Humane Society of Monroe County

Kent Schulte, CBCC-KA, Behavioral Health Services Trainer and Supervisor, Michigan Humane (resume)


Liscensure / Certification Information:

Prospective students who reside outside of the state of Florida and who are interested in any online University of Florida program that may lead to professional licensure or certification are expected to inquire with the appropriate regulatory agency in their home state, prior to beginning the program in order to assure that the program is approved to provide the desired licensure or certificate.

This online course is recognized by the Humane Society of the United States as being  in concordance with their long-standing Euthanasia by Injection (EBI) in-person trainings for animal shelter staff members. 

Course Content: 

NOTE:  You will have 90 days (3 months) to complete Parts 1 and 2 of this course once you are enrolled. Please plan your time accordingly. There may be an additional fee of $125 to extend the time period.

The course is divided into two parts

  • Part 1 is equivalent to a minimum of 14 hours of interactive lecture content about anatomy, pharmacology, proper administration and storage of euthanasia drugs, federal and state laws regulating the storage and accountability of euthanasia solutions, euthanasia technician stress management, and proper disposal of euthanized animals.
  • Part 2 is equivalent to minimum of 4 hours of hands-on, clinical skills competency training where students will practice and demonstrate proficiency with animal selection; proper handling of syringes and needles; calculating drug dosage;, record-keeping for controlled drug logs;  low-stress handling of animals; giving SC, IM, IV, IP, and IC injections; verifying depth of anesthesia; verifying death; and proper body disposal.  

Certificates of Completion 

Two Certificates of Completion will be issued by the University of Florida upon successful completion of Parts 1 and 2 of this course,  which can then be used to seek licensure from state and local agencies that regulate or monitor training requirements for Certified Euthanasia Technicians across the USA.  

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