Education and Training

The CFSPH offers a number of web-based continuing education courses and self-guided training for veterinary and animal health professionals and students, emergency management, emergency responders, as well as human health and public health professionals and students.

Courses for Continuing Education Credit

Animal Disease Emergencies: Understanding the Response
The Animal Disease Emergencies: Understanding the Response web-based course is an awareness-level overview of the detection and response involved with high consequence livestock and poultry emergency situations. The course addresses the tasks and actions needed to detect, contain and control these diseases, and discusses the collaboration of responders at the local, state and federal levels. The course is designed for anyone who may have a role during these responses, including veterinary and animal health responders, livestock or poultry industry groups, and producers, as well as traditional responders, such as emergency managers, law enforcement and fire department professionals who may also have roles during these responses. The course includes lessons, case studies, and online resources, and has been approved for 4 hours of veterinary continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval.

Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals for Continuing Education
The Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals (EEDA) web-based course provides veterinarians, veterinary technicians and any other individuals interested in high consequence animal diseases. Information about the causes, consequences and the response to foreign and transboundary animal diseases is covered. The course includes lessons, descriptions of actual disease incursions, and scenarios where participants use differentials to narrow down disease possibilities. The course covers diseases such as foot and mouth disease, avian influenza, classical swine fever, and many others. The course will be offered July 31- October 30, 2019. This course has CE approval (46 CEU) for veterinarians and veterinary technicians by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE).

Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals for Veterinary Students

The Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals web-based course is also currently used at all United States veterinary schools. The course is supported by the USDA APHIS and fulfills the Initial Accreditation Training requirement of the USDA National Veterinary Accreditation Program. The course has been used since 2002 at U.S. veterinary schools to raise awareness of foreign, emerging, and exotic animal diseases and to prepare veterinarians to recognize and appropriately respond to unusual animal diseases. Veterinary students access the course through a portal on the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges website The CFSPH developed the course content with other academic institutions and manages the course. The USDA APHIS provides support for veterinary colleges to offer the course and distribute a companion textbook. The course is available for continuing education and has been translated into Spanish as well. Email for more information.

Veterinary Immunology Courses
We offer 3 courses on veterinary immunology and vaccines. The courses range from introductory to advanced levels. All are RACE approved for veterinary or veterinary technician continuing education.

Zoonoses: Protecting People and Their Pets
The Zoonoses: Protecting People and Their Pets web-based course provides any animal health, human health, public health professional or student, or individual interested in the prevention of zoonotic diseases. Information on zoonotic diseases of companion animals, including high risk groups, such as children and immunocompromised individuals, as well as shared risks of pets and people is covered. The course emphasizes the necessary prevention measures for animal and human health. The course includes lessons, case studies, and online resources to assist in conveying zoonotic disease prevention measures to clients. The course is available year round and has been approved for 10 hours of veterinary continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval.

Additional Self-Study Courses and Training Materials (Free)

Introduction to Animal Emergency Management
The Introduction to Animal Emergency Management course is a 10-part series to provide Animal Care employees with foundational information and skills to support USDA APHIS Animal Care's emergency planning and response roles as part of the Emergency Support Function (ESF) #11 mission area. this course may also be of interest to indviduals involved in animal emergency management in local, state, tribal, or federal agencies and non-governmental organizations.

Introduction to Animal Husbandry and Nutrition
This educational document is a collaborative project between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH), Iowa State University to provide a brief introduction of basic animal husbandry and nutrition. This material is intended for readers with little background in livestock production. The information will focus on some customary management and husbandry practices in commercial production facilities for swine, cattle and poultry. In addition, information is included on horses, sheep and goats.

National Animal Health Emergency Response Corps (NAHERC) Training
Are you interested in animal health emergencies? Would you like to be more prepared? Free training is available to anyone who is interested in these topics at this site.

Youth in Animal Agriculture: Excellence in Exhibition
While raising and showing animals have an overall positive impact on youth and the community, there are many animal diseases that can be spread between people and animals. Understanding disease risks and preventive measures is critical to reduce the occurrence of zoonotic diseases among youth associated with animal agriculture. Two free online courses, one for elementary aged youth and one for middle–high school aged youth, are meant to encourage showmanship and animal involvement while keeping both animals and humans safe and healthy.

Graduate Level Training in Public Health

Master of Public Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health
Learn more about the Master of Public Health degree program for graduate veterinarians and the concurrent DVM/MPH degree program for Iowa State University veterinary students. This degree is conferred by the University of Iowa, College of Public Health, a fully accredited institution.