Education and Training

Animal Disease Emergencies: Understanding the Response
Animal disease emergencies involving livestock and poultry diseases of high consequence or foreign origin will have serious economic consequences for the U.S. The rapid detection and response needed to stop the spread of any of these diseases will require the collaboration of trained responders at the local, state and federal levels. Understanding the actions needed to detect, contain and control these diseases can help better prepare for the tasks needed during the response to better protect animal health, human health and our economy. This awareness level, web-based course is designed for anyone who may be involved in an animal disease response, including veterinary and animal health responders, livestock or poultry industry groups, and producers. Traditional responders, such as emergency managers, law enforcement and fire department professionals can also benefit and learn the roles they may have for during responses. The course is approved for 4.0 hours of veterinary continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval.

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.

Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals for Veterinary Students

The Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals (EEDA) web-based is 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.

Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals for Continuing Education
The Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals web-based course, used at all U.S. veterinary colleges, will be offered July 25-September 1 for 46 hours of RACE approved CE for veterinarians or veterinary technicians.

Zoonoses: Protecting People and Their Pets
This web-based course provides an excellent opportunity for veterinary and human healthcare professionals and students to refresh and gain knowledge of key zoonotic diseases. The course includes lessons, case studies, a discussion board, and online resources to assist in conveying zoonotic disease prevention measures to clients.

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. Targeted at youth aged 13–18 years, the free online course is meant to encourage showmanship and animal involvement while keeping both animals and humans safe and healthy.

Veterinary Immunology & Principles of Vaccination
This course provides an overview of veterinary immunology with an emphasis on infectious disease. It includes over 17 hours of online video lectures, and printed study materials. Dr. Jim Roth and Dr. Gayle Brown are the instructors for this course.

Introduction to Veterinary Immunology
This 4.5 hour course introduces how the immune system works, how vaccines prevent disease and why vaccines sometimes fail to protect from disease and occasionally cause adverse reactions. Printed materials are included.

Introduction to Principles of Veterinary Vaccination
This course offers an introduction to how veterinary vaccines work and contains 3 hours of video lectures plus printed materials.

Introduction to Animal Emergency Management
A 10 part course to provide Animal Care employees with foundational information and skills to support USDA APHIS Animal Care's emergency planning and response roles.

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.

Master 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.