Zoonotic disease online course now offered year-round

Course allows veterinary, medical and public health professionals and students to gain and refresh knowledge of key zoonotic diseases of companion animals.

The Center for Food Security & Public Health (CFSPH) at Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine now offers its web-based course "Zoonoses: Protecting People & Their Pets" year-round.

Veterinarians, physicians, public health professionals and anyone interested in understanding and preventing zoonotic diseases found in companion animals will benefit from the course.

This course provides an excellent opportunity for veterinary, medical and public health professionals and students to refresh and gain new knowledge of key zoonotic diseases of companion animals. The web-based course includes lessons, case studies and online resources to assist course participants in educating clients about zoonotic disease prevention. The course is self-paced and accessible online at any time for participants.

“Recent outbreaks of Seoul virus in pet rats and influenza in shelter cats also resulted in human illness,” said Dr. Glenda Dvorak, course instructor and CFSPH assistant director. “Add these situations to the continual battle against rabies and roundworms, and we see how important it is for animal and health professionals to remain vigilant and understand the necessary preventive measures to protect animal and human health from zoonotic diseases.”

The cost to register for the course is $250, which includes a copy of the companion textbook (a $70 value).

To find out more and to register, visit http://www.cfsph.iastate.edu/Zoonoses-Course or http://zoonoses.info.

The course is approved for 10 hours of continuing education for veterinarians or veterinary technicians in jurisdictions that recognize AAVSB RACE approval.

CFSPH is nationally and internationally recognized for providing educational materials and animal disease information. CFSPH was established in 2002 through funding from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to increase national and international preparedness for accidental or intentional introduction of diseases that threaten food production or public health.

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