Zoonoses: Protecting People and Their Pets

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.

Course Details

  • This course consists of 7 web-based lessons covering various aspects of zoonotic diseases of companion animals, focusing on prevention measures to reduce health risks to people and their pets.
  • The course contains information on the etiology and prevention of key zoonotic diseases of companion animals.
  • Work at your own pace / time. You do not need to be online at any specific time.
  • Each lesson takes around 60 minutes to complete and includes a corresponding study guide and quiz.
  • All students receive a copy of the Zoonoses: Protecting People and Their Pets textbook.
  • A certificate of completion will be provided for those scoring 70% or better.

Course Topics:

  • Overview of Companion Animal Zoonoses
  • 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 Continuing Education Credit

  • Zoonoses: Protecting People and Their Pets textbook (a $70 value)
  • Current information on important companion animal zoonoses and disease prevention
  • This program has 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.

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, Veterinary Infection Control Committee since 2007 and has been the Chair of the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association Public Health Committee since 2008.

Dr. Dvorak says, “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 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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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.


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