Zoonoses: Protecting People and Their Pets

The Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine would like to announce the availability of a new web-based course. 

Course Dates: The course will be offered late fall of 2014. Please check back in September for more information.

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

  • Certificate of Completion for 7 hours of coursework
  • Zoonoses: Protecting People and Their Pets textbook (a $70 value)
  • Current information on important companion animal zoonoses and disease prevention

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

Registrations is now closed.

Questions

If you have additional questions, please contact the CFSPH at 515.294.7189 or .