Organic and Alternative Animal Health

Organic and Alternative Animal Health


This continuing education (CE) series offers six courses about organic and alternative livestock production and the role of animal health/animal management professionals working with these farmers and ranchers. All are RACE-approved for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. (Up to 7 RACE® CE).

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


Organic and alternative livestock production is a growing agricultural system. Veterinarians, veterinary technicians, extension personnel, and other animal health professionals have a role to play on these operations yet receive little to no formal training. Having more animal health professionals familiar with the rules, regulations, practices, and philosophies under which these producers operate is much needed and long overdue.

Courses Details

The series consists of 6 chapters: Overview, Prevention, Rules and Regulations , Communication, Practice Management and Treatments and Modalities. In total, the series has been approved for up to 7 hours of CE credit (including 4 Medical credits and 3 Non-Medical credits) in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval. Participants receive CE credit for each chapter of the course completed and can earn as many or as few CE credits as desired. The Overview chapter has not significantly changed since previously offered and can be completed again as it provides a nice introduction to the subsequent chapters.


The 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.

  • 6-month access
  • Must complete the post-course evaluation and post-course quiz with a score of at least 70% to earn CE credit.


Katie Steneroden, DVM, MPH, PhD, DACVPM

Jenna Bjork, DVM, MPH

Lead Public Health Veterinarians, Center for Food Security and Public Health

Delaine Quaresma, DVM, MPH, Post Doc Research Associate, Center for Food Security and Public Health


CE Credit

The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE®) has approved the course for up to 7 CE credits. The chapters have been assigned the following number of credits: Overview (1 Medical), Prevention (2 Medical), Rules and Regulations (1 Non-Medical), Communication (1 Non-Medical), Practice Management (1 Non-Medical), and Treatments and Modalities (1 Medical).

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.

The Organic and Alternative Animal Health course is funded by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).


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Additional information

Target Audience

This course is open to any animal health/animal science professional or student, or anyone interested in organic and alternative animal health.

Course Registration and access Period

Free registration is available for a limited time. You will have immediate access when the course is available for registration.