Cleaning and Disinfection in Animal Settings

Cleaning and Disinfection in Animal Settings


This advanced course provides a comprehensive look at the considerations for establishing and implementing C&D procedures in animal settings, including:

  • key principles of disinfection
  • how to select a disinfectant
  • setting up a C&D program
  • regulations, and
  • health and safety during C&D

Note: This course and a C&D Basic course will be available in June 2023.


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. Understanding how to properly conduct C&D procedures helps to protect animal and human health. This course provides practical examples for livestock production, veterinary clinics and disease outbreak settings.


Course Details:

Course Content

This advanced course consists of 10 web-based interactive lessons.

  1. Key principles of C&D
  2. Disinfection methods in animal settings
  3. Basic C&D protocol
  4. Factors affecting disinfection success
  5. Components of a C&D program
  6. Selecting a disinfection method – Read the product label
  7. Addressing health and safety issues
  8. C&D in production settings
  9. C&D in the veterinary clinic
  10. C&D during disease outbreaks


This course is completely web-based and self-study. You do not need to be online at any specific time. Access the materials whenever it is convenient for you, 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

This course has 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 CEUs.

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

Registration will open again in June of 2023

Course Access

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