Zoonoses: Protecting People and Their Pets

Registration Information

Course Dates: October 19 to November 27, 2015. Registration for this course is currently closed.

Target Audience

This course is open to any animal or human healthcare professional or student and provides an excellent opportunity to refresh and gain knowledge on the etiology and prevention of key zoonotic diseases.

Course Details

This course consists of seven web-based lessons discussing various aspects of companion animal zoonoses and disease prevention recommendations. Each lesson will take approximately 60 minutes to complete and includes a corresponding study guide and quiz. . The course instructor, Glenda Dvorak, DVM, MS, MPH, DACVPM, will use an online discussion board and case studies to stimulate discussion and answer student questions. Specific content will be assigned each week, but participants can go through the lessons at their own pace and are not required to be online at specific times each week. All students will receive a copy of the “Zoonoses: Protecting People and Their Pets” textbook. A certificate of completion will be provided.

Course Topics:

  • Companion Animal Zoonotic Diseases: An Overview
  • The Human-Animal Bond
  • Animal Bites, Scratches and Disease Transmission
  • Companion Animal Zoonoses and Immunocompromised Individuals
  • Companion Animal Zoonoses and Children
  • Environmental Zoonoses: Shared Environments, Shared Risks
  • Principles of Treatment and Prevention for Zoonotic Diseases

Diseases Covered:

  • Rabies
  • Cat Scratch Disease
  • Rat Bite Fever
  • Leptospirosis
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Salmonellosis
  • Toxocariasis and Larva Migrans
  • Psittacosis
  • and more

Benefits / Veterinary CE Credit

  • Zoonoses: Protecting People and Their Pets textbook (a $70 value)
  • Current information on important companion animal zoonoses and disease prevention
  • This program was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 8.5 hours of continuing education (non-interactive on-line; veterinarians or veterinary technicians). Participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program's validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.

Course Instructor

Glenda Dvorak, DVM, MS, MPH, DACVPM

Photo of Glenda DvorakDr. Dvorak received her DVM from Iowa State University in 2001. She also holds a MS in Fisheries Biology/
Aquaculture (1997), and a BS in Zoology (minor in Animal Ecology) (1995) also from Iowa State University. After practicing small animal medicine, she returned to school to complete her Master in Public Health degree from the University of Iowa in 2003, and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 2007. Dr. Dvorak is currently the Assistant Director for the Center for Food Security and Public Health and a co-author and editor of Zoonoses: Protecting People and Their Pets textbook. Dr. Dvorak is involved in several local, state and national public health committees, including the One Health Commission Board of Directors, the Iowa Department of Public Health Preparedness Advisory Committee, and the Story County Board of Health. Dr. Dvorak has served as a technical consultant to the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, Veterinary Infection Control Committee since 2007 and has been the Chair of the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association Public Health Committee since 2008.

“Companion animals play an important role in the lives of people. Partnerships between human, veterinary and public health professionals are needed to raise awareness, enhance detection, and promote prevention of zoonotic diseases to protect the health of humans and pets.”  

Registration/ Cost

The cost to register for the course is $125. This course is subsidized with support from the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD) at Kansas State University, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. All course participants will receive a copy of the companion textbook ($70 if orderd separately). The course fee is $125 and includes a copy of the textbook ($70 if purchased separately).

Registration for this course is currently closed.


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