We are pleased to offer a 1.5-hour Continuing Education (CE) course, Controlled Substance Diversion in Veterinary Medicine, to veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary nurses nationwide free-of-charge! The course has been certified for CE credit by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSA) through the Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE)!

Through a generous grant from the AmerisourceBergen Foundation, we are able to offer the course to all participants free-of-charge!


In 2020, Power of Putnam, Inc. (PoP), in collaboration with the Addiction Prevention & Support Coalition at Tennessee Tech University (TTU), received an Opioid Resource Grant from the AmerisourceBergen Foundation to launch a community-wide awareness campaign to reduce diversion and ensure safe disposal of medications being prescribed initially for use by animals. In 2021, in addition to offering the course in Tennessee, we received approval to offer the course for Continuing Education (CE) credit in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia!

PoP and TTU are using their unique resources to develop and launch this awareness campaign to address the diversion of controlled substances by pet owners in Tennessee and all eight neighboring states. Over the past decade, our region has been hit especially hard by the opioid epidemic. Not only have prescription medicines been diverted from human medical practices, but also evidence suggests that it has been diverted from veterinary practices as well. Fighting this opioid epidemic requires an all-hands-on-deck approach. We are offering this course to create greater awareness of the diversion of veterinary medicine.


PoP is a coalition of community agencies and individuals who are concerned about the issue of substance abuse in Putnam County, TN. It seeks to unite the community in the implementation of research based environmental prevention strategies to prevent and lessen the progression of substance abuse. Founded in 2003 by citizens of Putnam County, PoP has engaged in countless substance abuse education and prevention strategies. In 2009, it became incorporated as a non-profit and obtained 501c3 status.

PoP has been on the forefront of local, regional and statewide efforts to reduce opiate misuse since 2012.  Many of PoP’s strategies have been recognized as best practices. These include ongoing CME trainings for all prescribers on the fundamentals of addiction, full community coverage of permanent dropbox locations and availability of in home secured med boxes, development of a medical subcoalition to promote responsible prescribing practices, Narcan deployment in every law enforcement vehicle and an active recovery destigmatization project called “Your Life Matters”   However, we feel there are populations in our area that are underserved by our existing programs. Therefore, we are extending our education and prevention initiatives, specifically to veterinarians, veterinary technicians, pet owners, pharmacies and others who prescribe and handle animal controlled substance prescriptions. 

TTU is a public, state university founded in 1915 with over 10,000 students, nearly 91% of whom are from Tennessee and, among Tennesseans, approximately 40% are from counties in the Upper-Cumberland area. It has a number of programs that address substance use disorder and an active student organization focusing on drug addiction, including addiction to opioids and prescription pain medications, Addiction and Recovery Awareness @ TTU. The Addiction Prevention & Support Coalition was created via a Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration grant. It focuses on substance abuse prevention outreach campaigns on the TTU campus, within the Putnam County community, and throughout the region. Additionally, it provides people in active recovery from substance abuse with life skills training and an online recovery community.

Additional information about PoP and the TTU Addiction Prevention and Support Coalition can be found here:




Controlled Substance Diversion in Veterinary Medicine: Policy, Strategy, & Ethics is a 1.5-hour continuing education course. The course will provide an overview of reporting requirements for veterinarians prescribing controlled medication for animals, previous research on the diversion of pet medications, and human prescription drug abuse, as well as training in the use of Narcan nasal spray used for reversing opioid overdose.

The course is completely online and free-of-charge. It consists of six modules, five brief quizzes, and an exit survey. The modules are as follows:

Module One: Video Lecture: Introduction & Overview of Abuse & Misuse of Controlled Substances of Prescribed to Animals (Dr. Meggan Graves & Mr. Bill Gibson)

Quiz #1

Module Two: Video Lecture: Research on Prescription Diversion in Veterinary Medicine (Dr. Steven Seiler)

Quiz #2

Module Three: Video Lecture: : Overview of Prescription Reporting Requirements for Veterinarians & Ethical Challenges (Dr. Steven Seiler)

Quiz #3

Module Four: Video Lecture: Understanding Drug Abuse & Addiction (Dr. Mark Loftis)

Quiz #4

Module Five: Opioid Epidemic, Overdoses, & Overdose Reversal (Ms. Suzanne Angel)

Quiz #5

Module Six: Conclusion (Dr. Meggan Graves & Mr. Bill Gibson)

Exit Survey

The course was created by faculty at Tennessee Tech University and the Director of Power of Putnam, and it is available for CE credit to veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary nurses nationwide! It has been approved for CE credit by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSA) through the Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE)!


To register for the FREE Controlled Substance Diversion in Veterinary Medicine (1.5-hour) continuing education course, please complete the following registration form:


We are anticipating a very high volume of registrations. Therefore, please allow up to three weeks to process your registration form. Once processed, you will receive an email from d2lsupport@ttueprd.brightspace.com with the course website and login information.

The course will close on December 31, 2022.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email Dr. Steven Seiler (sseiler@tntech.edu) or Bill Gibson (bill@powerofputnam.org).