Zoonoses: Protecting People and Their Pets

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.

The course overviews the etiology and epidemiology of a wide variety of companion animal zoonotic diseases. Preventive measures to reduce health risks from these diseases for people and their pets is a principal focus of the course.

Target Audience

This course is open to any animal health, human health, public health professional or student, or anyone interested in the prevention of zoonotic diseases.

Registration/ Cost

The cost for the course is $250. All course participants will receive a copy of the companion textbook (a $70 value). A student rate is available, please contact us. You will have 90 days to access and complete the course.

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Course Details

This course consists of 7 web-based lessons:

  1. Overview of Companion Animal Zoonoses
  2. The Human-Animal Bond
  3. Animal Bites, Scratches and Disease Transmission
  4. Companion Animal Zoonoses and Immunocompromised Individuals
  5. Companion Animal Zoonoses and Children
  6. Environmental Zoonoses: Shared Environments, Shared Risks
  7. Principles of Treatment and Prevention for Zoonotic Diseases

Diseases included are rabies, cat scratch disease, rat bite fever, leptospirosis, toxoplasmosis, salmonellosis, toxocariasis and larva migrans, psittacosis, and many more.

The course is completely web-based. You do not need to be online at any specifice time. Access the materials whenever it is convenient for your. Work at your own pace, take breaks as needed.

Each lesson takes approximately 60 minutes to complete and includes a corresponding study guide and quiz.

Each student will receive a copy of the Zoonoses: Protecting People and Their Pets textbook
(a $70 value).

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 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 local, state and national committees. Dr. Dvorak has served as a technical consultant to the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV), Veterinary Infection Control Committee since 2007.  

Veterinary Continuing Education Credit

This course provides current information and resources on important companion animals zoonoses and disease prevention. The course has been been approved by AAVSB RACE for 10 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 the validity or relevancy of this course to the veterinary profession.


Contact CFSPH at 515.294.7189 or .


Development of this course was made possible in part through funding from the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD) at Kansas State University, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence.