Cleaning and Disinfection in Animal Settings

Cleaning and Disinfection in Animal Settings


We offer two versions of the course. Both are RACE®-approved for continuing education (CE) credit for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

  • The C&D Basic course uses a practical approach to introduce the key principles of the C&D process. This course has been RACE®-approved for 2 hours of CE credit.
  • The C&D Advanced course discusses the science behind C&D and important considerations when setting up a C&D program. This course has been RACE®-approved for 4 hours of CE credit.

The ‘Register’ button will take you to a separate site to create an account and take the courses for free.


Cleaning and disinfection – often referred to as C&D – is an essential process for the prevention of disease in animal settings. Destroying microorganisms on surfaces reduces exposure risks and the spread of disease to protect animal and human health. Understanding how to properly conduct C&D procedures helps to obtain optimum results.


Course Details:

1. Advanced Course

Ten interactive lessons (~ 20 minutes each) include:

  1. Key principles of C&D
  2. Disinfection methods in animal settings
  3. The C&D process
  4. Factors that can affect disinfection success
  5. Developing a C&D program
  6. Selecting a disinfectant – Read the product label
  7. Health and safety issues
  8. C&D in production settings
  9. C&D in the veterinary clinic
  10. C&D during disease outbreaks

2. Basic Course

Five interactive lessons (~ 15 minutes each) provide practical examples to explain:

  • The basic C&D protocol
  • Common causes of disinfection failure
  • How to find information on a product label
  • Tips for C&D in animal settings
  • How to work safely during C&D


Both courses are completely web-based and self-study.

You do not need to be online at any specific time. Access materials whenever it is convenient for you and work at your own pace.

You must complete the course evaluation and course quiz (with a score of at least 70%) to obtain CE credit.


Glenda Dvorak, DVM, MS, MPH, DACVPM

Lead Public Health Veterinarian

Center for Food Security and Public Health

CE Credit for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians

Both courses have been approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE®) (non-interactive on-line; veterinarians or veterinary technicians). The advanced course is approved for 4 CE hours. The basic course is approved for 2 CE hours.

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.

Development of this course was made possible through funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (NAD PREP).


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Additional information

Target Audience

This course is open to any animal health, human health, or public health professional or student, or anyone interested in cleaning and disinfection in animal settings.

Course Registration

Free registration available for a limited time

Course Access

You will have immediate access when the course is available for registration.