Basic Veterinary Immunology and Principles of Vaccination

Course Content

This course provides a short overview of veterinary vaccinology. Topics are taught through videotaped lectures with segments from eight to twenty-eight minutes.

The course includes 3 hours of online video lectures. Participants have the freedom to go through the course on a schedule that best meets their needs. All participants receive printed study materials.

General topics covered in the course:

  • Highlights of the AVMA’s Principles of Vaccination and which governmental agency is responsible for regulation and licensing of veterinary vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and topical insecticides.
  • The basic immunology for a protective immune response and the protective immune response important in defense against different types of pathogens; the various types of veterinary vaccines and the general advantages and disadvantages of each.
  • How vaccine failures are investigated; complexities associated with determining the duration of immunity for a vaccine; the mechanisms of maternal antibody interference with vaccination and factors that influence the response to vaccination in the presence of maternal antibody.
  • The mechanistic basis and expected timing for common adverse vaccine reactions and the appropriate response to adverse vaccine reactions; ways to optimize vaccine efficacy and duration of immunity and minimize adverse effects.

A detailed list of all lectures is available.

Target Audience

  • Individuals who have had some training in veterinary vaccinology but would like a short refresher course. For example, veterinary technicians, veterinarians and other professionals.
  • Individuals who do not have a veterinary, medical, or biology background and who work in the animal health industry. For example, individuals in administration, marketing, sales, legal, human resources, finance etc., who want to have a better understanding of the science and terminology involved in vaccine development, evaluation, and use.

Continuing Education

The course is approved for 3.5 hours of Continuing Education (CE) credit for veterinarians or veterinary technicians as approved by RACE (Registry of Approved Continuing Education of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards). Successful completion of examinations is required to be eligible for RACE approved CE credits.

The Instructors

Course instructors include Drs. Jim Roth, Gayle Brown and Kevan Flaming. Drs. Roth and Brown co-teach veterinary immunology and vaccinology at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Roth delivers the lectures; Dr. Brown developed the presentations, lecture outlines, and exams; and Dr. Flaming handles issues related to course delivery through the Internet.

Sample Study Materials (Lecture Outlines and PowerPoint slides)

Lesson Title Outline Slides
1. Introduction to Principles of Vaccination Sample Lecture Outline Sample PPT Book

Note: The Video, Outline, and Slides of the example do not match like they do in the course, but are examples of the content.

How to Enroll

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Course Cost

The course cost is $150 for 90-day access. We accept online payment via credit card. If you wish to pay by institutional invoice, check or other means, email us at

Related Courses

  • Individuals who are interested in principles of immunology are encouraged to take the 5-hour online course “Introduction to Veterinary Immunology”.
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  • Individuals who want more detailed information on these topics are encouraged to take the 17-hour online course "Veterinary Immunology and Principles of Vaccination".
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This program 671-30489 was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 3.5 hours of continuing education in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program's validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.